Fast-Track Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

Campus Locations Boston, Online
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s) Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Credits Required for Graduation 80
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Spring Quarter
Meets International Visa Requirements Yes


Please Note: Undergraduate classes are moving to semesters beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Hone Your Technical Skills

Rapid changes in information technology (IT) are forcing corporations to reconsider what it takes to sustain competitive advantage. Northeastern is dedicated to educating the next generation of IT leaders who can apply information technology to fuel innovation and solve business problems. The Fast-Track Bachelor of Science in Information Technology emphasizes the combination of outstanding technical skills, communication and leadership skills, and specialization in essential IT domains needed to grow your career.

This program is designed for students who have completed an associate degree or equivalent credits who would like to complete their bachelor's degree in an accelerated pace. Students who have an associate degree in Management Information Systems (MIS), Information Systems (IS), or Business are well suited for the accelerated, 18-month Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree completion program. However, the program does not require an associate degree in a technology-related area. In addition, applicants have the opportunity for dual acceptance into the Fast-Track BS in IT and MS in Project Management when applying.

Formats: The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is also available for students who would like to complete this degree at their own pace; visit our Bachelor of Science in Information Technology web page.

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in information technology is expected to grow much faster than average, and job prospects should be excellent. 

While the field continues to be very robust, computer network, systems, and database administrators—particularly those with college degrees—are expected to enjoy the best opportunities.

Interested in learning more?

Learn why the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is a good fit for you; watch our recent webinar on the program.

Explore the many Fast-Track benefits or watch the Undergraduate Fast-Track webinar.


Please Note: Undergraduate classes are moving to semesters beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Required Courses

Quarter 1 (13 q.h.)

ENG 3550 Writing for the Professions 6 q.h.
ENG 3551 Writing Lab for ENG 3550 1 q.h.
ITC 2020 Digital Collaboration and Knowledge Management 3 q.h.
PHL 2180  Business Ethics 3 q.h.

 Quarter 2 (15 q.h.)

ACC 1110 Accounting Basics for Managers (first six weeks) 3 q.h.
FIN 2110 Finance Basics for Managers (second six weeks) 3 q.h.
MGT 1503  Managing in a Diverse and Changing World 3 q.h.
ITC 2425  Information Systems Design and Development 6 q.h.

Quarter 3 (13 q.h.)

ITC 4340 Mobile and Wireless Networks and Applications 6 q.h.
ITC 3006  Systems and Network Administration 4 q.h.
MIS 1255  Electronic Commerce Systems 3 q.h.

Quarter 4 (12 q.h.)

ITC 4335 Data Warehousing Technologies
6 q.h.
ECN 2510 Statistics and Business Decision Models 6 q.h.

Quarter 5 (12 q.h.)

ITC 2800 Information Security Legal Issues and Risk Management 6 q.h.
ITC 4240 Programming for a Digital World
6 q.h.

Quarter 6 (15 q.h.)

ITC 2605 IT Strategy, Management, and Policy 6 q.h.
ITC 4820 IT Project Management 3 q.h.
ITC 4950 Seminar 3 q.h.
ITC 4995  Practicum 3 q.h.

Required minimum credit hours: 80 q.h.


Quarter 1

Writing for the Professions (6 q.h.)

This course introduces the vocabulary and philosophy of business communications. Students practice planning, writing, and analyzing effective business letters and memoranda. Students learn the methods and principles of research and documentation of semi-technical analyses and business reports. The course allows practice in organizing and writing complex forms of business communications.

Writing Lab for ENG 3550 (1 q.h.)

Requires students to analyze and draft writing assignments from topics covered in ENG 3550.

Digital Collaboration and Knowledge Management (3 q.h.)

Offers a course for students with advanced skills in productivity tools who would benefit from learning about effective strategies in using online collaboration tools in order to be more effective communicating with classmates and colleagues who are not co-located. Utilizes the main functionalities of collaborative platforms. The exploration of different approaches to knowledge creation and knowledge sharing leads to the discussion of social/ethical/legal issues of sharing content with a broad audience.

Business Ethics (3 q.h.)

Examines ethical principles and considerations involved in making moral business decisions. Studies basic ethical viewpoints as a foundation and analyzes specific characteristics of business life through particular cases and examples.

Quarter 2

Accounting Basics for Managers (3 q.h.)

Covers the fundamental concepts and principles of financial and managerial accounting. Studies basic techniques of financial statement analysis and applies fundamental principles of managerial accounting to demonstrate how to monitor, control, evaluate, and report operational performance, such as the revenue and expense cycle, product costs, and the cash collection process. Offers students an opportunity to obtain the basic language and tools of accounting to understand, use, and communicate information contained in accounting statements to efficiently manage and operate various business entities. Emphasizes the role of the user and not the preparer of financial statements.

Finance Basics for Managers (3 q.h.)

Offers nonfinancial managers an opportunity to obtain the rudiments of financial problem solving in the areas of planning projects and securing funding for them in both domestic and international settings. Reviews basic arithmetic and algebraic concepts. Covers financial analysis, forecasting and planning, budgeting, and risk management.

Managing in a Diverse and Changing World (3 q.h.)

Examines historical changes in workforce composition and the many effects of globalization, domestic diversity, technological change, and new workforce arrangements. Focuses on increasing personal awareness, understanding, and skills to function effectively with members of different ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds. Businesses and individuals in the twenty-first century will undergo rapid and unpredictable change. A significant part of this change involves managing in increasingly diverse global and domestic environments.

 Information Systems Design and Development (6 q.h.)

This course provides students with a thorough and practical introduction to the methodologies, models, tools and techniques used in modern system development. The content covers clientserver and web system architecture, project lifecycle models, project management techniques, requirements elicitation, analysis, documentation, management, CASE tools, case analysis, business rules, system design approaches and graphical modeling with the Unified Modeling Language (UML). Students will analyze and document a business process, prepare a project plan, complete a system analysis and design model, and gain experience with project management tools.

Quarter 3

Mobile and Wireless Networks and Applications (6 q.h.)

Covers technologies used for wireless and mobile business applications. Topics include wireless network protocols, wireless carriers, wireless platform operating systems, and wireless security issues.

Systems and Network Administration (4 q.h.)

Focuses on the skills, tools, and best practices required to provide support and secure computing infrastructure and services. Covers system installation and configuration, user authentication, configuring and managing system and network services, and practical considerations of implementing Internet protocols and websites.

Electronic Commerce Systems (3 q.h.)

Introduces the theory and practice of doing business on the Internet and the World Wide Web. Begins with the infrastructure that makes electronic commerce possible, including Internet protocols, Internet applications, and Internet languages. Examines electronic commerce software, electronic commerce security issues, and electronic commerce payment systems. Topics in business strategies for electronic commerce include purchasing, electronic date interchange, supply chain management, virtual communities, and Web portals. Offers students an opportunity to understand how tools and strategies may be applied to e-business models, including business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C). Examines international, legal, and ethical issues as they relate to e-commerce.

Quarter 4

Data Warehousing Technologies (6 q.h.)

Offers students an opportunity to learn how organizations construct and maintain data warehouses built from operational databases. Topics include a comparison of data warehouse architectures, how to build a data warehouse, and how to structure databases for efficient data analysis.

Statistics and Business Decision Models (6 q.h.)

This course introduces students to the collection and organization of econometric data. It also explores modeling as a method for gaining insight into the underlying mathematical structure of business problems. Students will be taught how to use specific modeling techniques, such as linear programming and simulation.

Quarter 5

Information Security Legal Issues and RIsk Management (6 q.h.)

Offers students an opportunity to obtain the tools and skills needed to assess risk to an organization through its plans, processes, and people. As the Internet has become a mainstream medium for commercial transactions and business activities in general, IT security and legal issues have become a major factor in business today. Topics include how to protect intellectual property and confidentiality, safeguard consumers against identity and account theft, and help protect the company from criminal and civil suits. Covers passwords, firewalls, encryption, logging, records retention, and disaster recovery.

Programming for a Digital World (6 q.h.)

Covers programming tools, techniques, and considerations for emerging technologies. Seeks to extend the students' programming knowledge into the visual and multimedia environment. Topics include graphical user interfaces; user interaction; and event-driven applications and use of multimedia.

Quarter 6

IT Strategy, Management, and Policy (6 q.h.)

Offers students an opportunity to learn how information technology (IT) supports corporate goals. Uses readings and case studies to illustrate how IT may be employed to support a variety of business goals. Discusses management issues, such as the types of information systems, the impact of information systems on individuals and organization, policies, outsourcing, and the use of IT as a weapon of competitive strategy, along with technological issues, such as database management systems, electronic data interchange, decision support systems, and expert systems.

IT Project Management (3 q.h.)

Covers the tools and techniques used to manage information technology (IT) projects. Topics include project planning, scheduling, and budgeting and project management tools (i.e., PERT/CPM/GANTT). Discusses all phases of IT projects from proposal evaluation through post-implementation reviews. Offers students an opportunity to plan and develop a project that provides a practical application of the topics covered in class.

Seminar (3 q.h.)

Offers an in-depth study of selected topics.

Practicum (3 q.h.)

This course requires students to demonstrate the skills learned throughout the term by developing an end-to-end proposal and plan for an IT application and the infrastructure upon which it will rely. The proposal will include a justification, budget, architecture document, presentation, and a project plan.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Academic transcript(s): must submit one of the following
    • Official associate degree stating conferral and date
    • Official high school transcript or GED and
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended- must be equal to 80quarter hours (60 semester hours) for transfer credit evaluation
  • Additional requirements: applicants must have experience in Information Technology or have completed related coursework, and have access to a laptop
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Undergraduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $30,240.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

Use our Tuition Calculator below to see if transfer credit or tuition reimbursement from your employer could reduce your total tuition.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2016-17 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

This undergraduate program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in information technology and would like to improve:

  • Programming
  • Web and multimedia design
  • System and network administration
  • Quantitative methods
  • Networking
  • Security

Careers to consider include:

  • Systems administrator
  • Information systems scientist or analyst
  • Computer engineer
  • Web or multimedia designer
  • Database administrator
  • Networking or security specialist

Program Format


This program is designed for students who have earned an associate degree or the equivalent number of credits (80 quarter hours or 60 semester hours) and are looking to earn their bachelor's degree at an accelerated pace. The office of admissions will work with applicants to evaluate and accept as many previously completed credits as possible. 

On-Campus Format

The accelerated 18-month Bachelor of Science in Information Technology on-campus classes meet at a designated time at the Downtown Boston campus on Broad Street. This format allows for face-to-face interaction with instructors and fellow students. Classes are also augmented with online learning through instructor-facilitated lessons and assignments using Northeastern University’s state-of-the-art learning management system.

Classes meet one week night per week and every other Saturday, and participants will complete all coursework with the same group of students.

Online Format

The online format offers flexibility and convenience for working professionals with demanding schedules across the world. Using Northeastern University’s state-of-the-art learning management system and you will be guided through online coursework by your instructors.

Online classes are asynchronous, so there is no designated meeting time. Also, all online Fast-Track courses are completed with the same group of students allowing you to interact with familiar classmates over the six-term schedule. 

Additional Benefits

  • Transfer in your credits, and complete your degree in 18 months
  • Know your six-term course plan when you begin your program
  • Fast-Track program managers register you for all courses and advise you throughout your entire academic program
  • Develop a valuable network of professional contacts
  • Learn from classmates and the various industries and professions they represent
  • Dual acceptance into the Fast-Track BS in IT and MS in Project Management through one application.


Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives


  1. Problem-solving
    Demonstrate problem-solving abilities that utilize a range of information and communications technologies.

  2. Technology skills
    Demonstrate an ability to use current computing tools and technologies to design and implement a systems component or process that meets requirements.

  3. Communications
    Demonstrate the ability to communicate with a range of groups and individuals to develop a common understanding of the impact of Information Technology solution approaches.

  4. Society and technology
    Demonstrate the ability to analyze ethical, legal, and social impacts of information technologies in a societal and global business environment.

  5. Life-long learning
    Identify and discuss opportunities for continuing professional development.

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