Technology Degrees

Pursue your passion for technology by earning your STEM degree from Grand Canyon University. Our technology-driven world continues to seek innovative, tech-equipped professionals who specialize in areas like hardware and software development, cloud computing security, information management and artificial intelligence or machine learning.1

If you enjoy learning how technologies can be used to drive future innovations and new discoveries in areas such as information technology, software development, software engineering, applied technology and computer science, GCU’s technology degrees may be right for you.

32%

Estimated annual job growth for information security analysts from 2022-20322

$112,120

Median annual wage for database administrators3

Graduates of GCU’s campus or online technology programs have the opportunity to learn and practice critical thinking abilities, practical skills and project-based experiences valued by employers.

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There is a global cybersecurity workforce gap of nearly four million people, as of 2023.1

Earn a technology degree to help close the gap in this industry.

Study Modern Technical Trends, Security Innovations and Business Impacts

Technology degree students create, design, test and develop inside our large STEM-dedicated building which supplies hands-on learning. GCU technology programs:

  • Evolve and adapt to new developments in STEM industries
  • Teach collaboration traits
  • Foster hands-on creativity as well as ethical and social awareness

GCU is an accredited university that designs academically rigorous programs with the needs of working professionals and convenience in mind. Technology majors are taught to apply classroom learning to real-life issues, problems and innovations.

If you’re looking to enter the trending tech field in this digitally driven world, GCU’s online BS in Software Development degree can help prepare you to work with a variety of programming languages, mobile and web technologies, web application frameworks and today’s cloud platform. Our BS in Software Engineering degree is designed to sharpen your software development skills by learning how a project is performing through the use of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). You will simultaneously be trained on the professional, ethical, security and social responsibilities of developing and utilizing software systems.

As a developer, you will have the opportunity to have a hand in shaping how our society uses technologies in the future.

Data analytics degree programs are designed to teach you the necessary tools and techniques to create software products that are used in many applications. You will explore topics, such as data collection, analysis, interpretation and application with one of our online master’s in technology degrees.

Achieve the highest level of education with a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in data analytics using qualitative research. You can enjoy a collaborative community, specialized knowledge and satisfaction of pursuing your terminal online DBA degree while potentially opening the door for greater opportunities.

GCU’s BS in Cybersecurity was awarded the National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense Education Designation. It is designed to help prepare graduates for careers working with computer-based information systems and can equip you to take proactive and defensive measures against malicious attacks and hackers. If you are interested in cyber operations, cybercrime, information assurance, cyber law, data security and learning skills in both IT and cybersecurity, this information technology degree or the MS in Cybersecurity can help prepare you to support and design systems that are safe from cyberattacks.

Also available at GCU are a BS in IT, MS in IT or an MBA program with cybersecurity emphasis if you are interested in blending your areas of interest with cybersecurity. If you are looking to start your journey in cybersecurity, GCU’s Certificate in Cybersecurity Foundations may be right for you.

Explore the dynamic realms of data science and computer science majors, where innovation converges with practicality in the digital age. Within GCU's BS in Computer Science, with a focus on big data analytics or game development, students can have the opportunity to delve into the complexities of modern technologies and methodologies. For individuals intrigued by the fusion of technical proficiency with the skills essential for launching and managing a business venture, the bachelor's in computer science business entrepreneurship program may present an enticing option.

GCU’s Master of Science programs with emphases in data science and computer science are designed to offer a deeper exploration of problem-solving concepts and creativity to meet practical applications within the digital landscape. These advanced programs are meticulously crafted to help provide students with an inclusive understanding of technologies, helping prepare you to tackle complex challenges and drive innovation.

Interactive Learning: Lectures, Discussions, and Hands-On Labs

Our online learning platform facilitates connections with experienced professionals across diverse industries, enabling engaging discussions with peers and professors. Our in-person programs feature optimal class sizes, encouraging personalized discussions and hands-on lab experiences alongside lectures. Whether you choose online or in-person study, our programs aim to equip you with skills to contribute meaningfully to the evolving landscape of technology.

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Evening, Campus and Online Technology Degrees at GCU

Earn your technology degree online without putting your life on hold. For those drawn to math, problem-solving and science, a bachelor’s or master’s degree in technology from GCU may be the right choice for you. Learn more about how GCU’s flexible degree programs cater to the working professional by scheduling classes around your life, allowing you to pursue your educational goals.

GCU’s Commitment to Affordable Education

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With computer and information technology occupations projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations from 2022 to 2032,5 GCU is committed to keeping our technology programs affordable to all students. Investing in your future is a big financial decision, which is why GCU offers several tools to help you estimate the cost of financing your bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, such as:


Types of Technology Degrees at GCU

GCU offers many different technology-related degrees at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. Whether you want to learn how to respond to cyberattacks, construct and operate computer networks, build the next innovative application or interpret data analysis for organizations, GCU has a degree program that can help you prepare for a future career in technology.

Bachelor’s Technology Majors

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Master’s Technology Programs

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Cybersecurity and Java Programming Certificates

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Career Paths in the Technology Industry

Tech industry careers, such as data analysts and cybersecurity specialists, require research-focused work, innovative solutions and leadership skills. Technical skills may vary across industries, yet the practical expertise imparted through an information technology degree from GCU can help effectively fulfill job responsibilities, be they in digital or physical realms.

In the modern work environment, the curriculum emphasizes updated technical competencies such as:

  • Project management
  • Analytic reasoning
  • Product development
  • Technical writing
  • Data literacy (ability to make sense of data)
  • Securing systems
  • Cloud computing

Companies today rely on technology and have dedicated teams to manage and support their technological infrastructure. This dependence on digital tools and systems necessitates a robust IT team to ensure smooth operations and continued innovation. Gaining skills in these areas can help prepare you to be effective contributors in workplaces across all industries.

$100,530

Median annual wage for occupations in computer and information technology as of May 20225

377,500

Estimated number of new jobs for computer and information technology occupations from 2022 to 20326


Campus and Online Technology Degrees FAQs

GCU has several technology degree programs, which may leave you with several questions. Review our most frequently asked questions below to help you decide which program is right for you.

If you’re looking to turn your interest in technology into a career, you have many options to choose from, such as GCU’s computer science or information technology, cybersecurity or data analytics programs. Whether you dream of creating your own website, developing games, managing the IT system of a local or national business or ensuring data systems are secure, you should complete a degree program that focuses on technological trends.

Most companies understand that experience will be gained along the way and training happens throughout your career lifetime. No matter what degree you are pursuing, many people start their career with limited to zero experience. Technology degrees at GCU can help prepare you for the transition from student to technology professional through its offerings in career services, research initiatives, project-based learning, agile management and team collaboration.

In addition to many technology majors, GCU also offers a variety of engineering and science degrees. You can pursue your interest in areas ranging from computer science and IT, cybersecurity, engineering and exercise science, as well as various biology programs. GCU university counselors can assist you in finding a program that can help prepare you for possible STEM careers.

Computer science graduates can work in a range of career positions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states the median annual wage for occupations in computer and information technology was $100,530,5 and a median annual wage of $112,120 for database administrators as of May 2022.3 Additionally, 377,500 new jobs are estimated to open for computer and information technology occupations from 2022 to 2032.6

Deciding on a particular career is a personal decision based on skills, passion and preference. Business analytics is the statistical study of business data to help gain insight, while data science is the study of data using statistics, algorithms and technology. Additionally, if you enjoy coding and computer science, a future in data science may be right for you. With multiple sectors such as business, healthcare, transportation and entertainment all monitoring data to make important business decisions, there are a number of career opportunities.

While advanced mathematics may cause stress to some college students, cybersecurity is a career field that does not require a large amount of mathematics. Instead, you will take classes such as ethical hacking, cyber forensics and security systems.

The two professional roles of software developer and software engineers share very similar responsibilities and educational backgrounds, but they differ in their methods and outcomes. A degree in software development applies advanced insights to create, test and improve computer applications. Software development degree graduates often build programs and applications that focus on consumer markets and needs using object-oriented design, collaboration and programming languages. Software engineers apply engineering principles to create applications, such as the architecture that powers computer applications, computer games and network control systems. Software developers typically function as a specialized subset of software engineers.

1 ISC2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study. (n.d.). How the Economy, Skills Gap and Artificial Intelligence are Challenging the Global Cybersecurity Workforce: 2023. Retrieved on March 4, 2024.

2 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 to 2022 may be atypical compared to prior years. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2023, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Information Security Analysts, retrieved on March 4, 2024.

3 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Database Administrators as of May 2022, retrieved on March 4, 2024. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 to 2022 may be atypical compared to prior years. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers nationwide with varying levels of education and experience. It does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as database administrators nor does it reflect the earnings of workers in one city or region of the country or a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries. Your employability will be determined by numerous factors over which GCU has no control, such as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, the graduate’s experience level, individual characteristics, skills, etc. against a pool of candidates.

4 ABET. (n.d.). Why ABET Accreditation Matters. Retrieved on March 4, 2024.

5 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Computer and Information Technology Occupations as of May 2022, retrieved on March 4, 2024. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 to 2022 may be atypical compared to prior years. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers nationwide with varying levels of education and experience. It does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as computer and information technology occupations nor does it reflect the earnings of workers in one city or region of the country or a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries. Your employability will be determined by numerous factors over which GCU has no control, such as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, the graduate’s experience level, individual characteristics, skills, etc. against a pool of candidates.

6 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 to 2022 may be atypical compared to prior years. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2023, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer and Information Technology Occupations, retrieved on March 4, 2024.

Grand Canyon University’s technology degrees can provide you with the flexibility you need, while also providing a quality education to support your growth and development.