Information Technology, BS

About the Program Why get your BSIT at Barry?

Barry University's Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) degree prepares students for exciting careers in the growing information technology field by providing them with the technical skills required to properly analyze, design, implement, and support IT solutions in a variety of business settings.

Some courses are aligned with current industry certifications from CompTIA, allowing students to work toward advancing professional IT credentials while earning a bachelor's degree. Students also have the option of specializing in Information Systems Administration.

Curriculum How quickly can i graduate?

Barry promises its students individualized attention thanks to low student to faculty ratios and a supportive learning environment that values each person's needs and goals.

The BSIT program enables students to:

  • Acquire the knowledge and skills required to excel as an IT professional and empower themselves for career growth with a higher-education degree.
  • Become familiar with current technologies, tools, and methodologies that lead to the development of better information systems.
  • Understand the different components of the information technology field, including hardware, software, communication, networking, research, and people.
  • Learn how to methodically and practically approach a variety of technological, managerial, and administrative issues to ultimately improve business strategies and create a competitive advantage.
  • Analyze and evaluate organizational systems and processes to recommend software solutions that meet an organization's needs and goals.
  • Earn up to 30 credits for professional experience and community service.
BSIT Program Overview

Specializations

  • Information Systems Administration Specialization

    The Information Systems Administration specialization is for students wishing to focus on the professional administrative skills coupled with the technical experience needed among competitive IT decision makers.

Academics

Minors and Certificates

Locations Miami is not the only location!

Main Campus

Address

11415 NE 2 Avenue , Miami Shores, FL 33161

Melbourne Wickham Oaks Business Park

Address

410 North Wickham Road Suite 103, Melbourne, FL 32935

Jacksonville Town Center

Address

4401 Salisbury Road Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32216

Flexible Delivery Distance Learning

The Department of Information Technology at Barry University has recently started offering courses and programs in a distance delivery format - in addition to its traditional face-to-face courses and programs - that do not conflict with the university's mission of being a personal, caring, and traditional institute of higher education. In an effort to provide exceptional quality education, Barry has adopted state-of-the-art technologies and engineered a high-performance networking infrastructure. Some of the virtual laboratories, digital libraries, and distance education courses at Barry are transmitted via Internet2, which is the foremost U.S. advanced networking consortium.

All distance learning courses use Canvas as the hub of all documents and assignment management, distribution, and submission, as well as the system of choice for asynchronous discussion forums. Distance learning courses may use the web conferencing tools to allow students to interact in real-time with their professors and classmates without necessarily being physically in the classroom. 

This promotes spontaneous class discussions and peer interaction and helps build an online Barry community.

Canvas has effectively served as a central point for course materials (syllabus, lecture notes, etc.), collection of assignments, discussion forums, and grade management. While this helps achieve a high degree of portability, it is not designed for rich video/audio delivery, application interaction, and real-time discussion. To better simulate the interactive experiences of the traditional classroom environment, Microsoft's web conferencing software, Live Meeting, is used to conduct class meetings in real-time and teach classes with each participant in a different location - at home, at the office, or anywhere in the world with fast access to the Internet.

Online Delivery Canvas

Instructional Methods:

  • All flexible online (FLEX) sessions are broadcast live during the class's scheduled date and time.

    In-Class And Video Conferencing

    This FLEX format gives students the flexibility to participate in the weekly web video-conferencing live broadcast sessions or attend some of the in-class broadcast sessions. Three of the seven sessions (normally first, mid and last sessions) are broadcasted live from a media-equipped classroom at Barry where students may convene for face-to-face interaction. These in-class sessions are hosted at designated campus locations, such as the Pembroke Pines and the Miami Shores campuses. The rest of the seven sessions are broadcast live from a remote location, such as the instructor's office or home.

  • Instructors teaching in a fully-online format are not required to deliver weekly live sessions via web conferencing or in-person in the classroom. These courses follow the traditional online education where students must complete all their coursework via Canvas. Still, with the availability of the web multimedia conferencing software, instructors are expected to enhance their fully-online courses with ad-hoc web video-conferencing live broadcast sessions as they see fit. It is, therefore, up to each instructor to decide if, when, and how web video-conferencing live broadcast sessions may be used to promote interaction and live participation.

Experiential Learning Experiential Learning Portfolio (ELP)

You may not have been in a classroom for a while, but you have never stopped learning. Your professional and community activities are valuable. The portfolio program allows you to translate your real-life learning into college credit. 

You may earn up to 30 credits by demonstrating college-level learning in one or more of the following academic disciplines: administration, behavioral sciences, communication, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and five special topics. Please see your advisor for additional information.

Adult Learner FAQs Experiential Learning Portfolio Presentation

Thousands of Barry University adult students have completed portfolios and considered this experience time and cost effective as well as personally rewarding.

Here are what three students said about their portfolio experience:

  • Collaborative Service

    Student 1

    "You know, it sort of gave me more pep in my step and actually gave me a sense of accomplishment and pride. It also made me realize how marketable I am. It did, it did a lot of things for me but it really gave me a sense of empowerment."
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    Student 2

    "It really made me stop and think. It reinforced my belief in myself. I tend to get so caught up in everyday situations that I forget that I ever did something, you know, fifteen years ago. I think the portfolio is one of the most rewarding pieces of work that I have ever done."
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    Student 3

    "The insight gained from [my] portfolio helped me to see, as the slogan goes, ‘You've come a long way baby'! in my accomplishments, achievements, [and] my development. A degree with a portfolio makes you assess your professional life; without a portfolio, you just know your academic strengths, but you don't know your professional strengths."

How to earn credits:

  • Experiential Learning Portfolio Option

    Students can gain up to 30 credits for college level learning acquired through work experience and/or community service. Students may take the portfolio option in lieu or in addition to the degree specialization to satisfy degree requirements. Also, Portfolio credits may be used to satisfy general elective requirements and/or discipline-specific electives (CS/IT/NSE).

    Portfolio credits are counted towards the degree 120 credits.

    You may not have been in a classroom for a while, but you have never stopped learning. Your professional and community activities are valuable. The portfolio program allows you to translate your real-life learning into college credit. You may earn up to 30 credits by demonstrating college-level learning in one or more of the following academic disciplines: behavioral sciences, communication, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and three special topics.

  • Industry And Professional Certification Licensures

    • Technical Certification Licensure is the awarding of university credits for IT professional and industry certifications (e.g., CompTIA A+, Security+, Net+, INET+, etc.; MCSE, MCSA, MCSD, MCAD, etc.; PMI, etc.) that support the BSIT degree program.
    • Students who have earned professional certification(s) or passed technical certification exam(s) may obtain college credits towards their equivalent BSIT courses. College credits will only be awarded for certifications that closely correspond to either the degree major core objectives or the objectives of the student’s selected area of specialization.

    Authorized Microsoft It Academy

    • This is a program with Microsoft that provides tools to facilitate the delivery of courseware that helps prepare students for Microsoft product certification.
    • As an IT Academy MCSE/MCSA (NSE) instructors are certified in the courses they teach, and we use Microsoft official or authorized curriculum in all Microsoft networking courses. Students and faculty also receive a discount on selected MCP exams when taken through an Authorized Academic Testing Center.

    Authorized Academic Testing Center (Aatc)

    • Barry University is a Virtual University Enterprises (VUE) testing center. VUE is the electronic testing division of NCS Pearson, servicing the Information Technology industry and the Professional Certification and Licensure markets. There are currently two testing centers available through Extended Learning. One is in Broward County at our Pembroke Pines location and the other is in Brevard County at our Melbourne location.
  • Advanced students may earn credits for the CS 180, IT 190, or IT 200 courses in the BSIT program by test-out examination. Credit by examination may only be attempted once. A passing score for credit by examination is 80% or higher. If a student fails a credit by exam, s/he must register and complete the respective course. The test-out exam credits are counted as part of the allowable transfer credits in the student's major coursework.

    Note: Students NOT choosing to do a specialization ARE REQUIRED to submit an Experiential Learning Portfolio in order to satisfy the degree requirements.

    *Students may opt to test-out of any of these courses by taking the corresponding challenge examination.

    Transfer Credits

    • The majority of a student's major coursework must be taken at Barry University. Therefore, a maximum of four equivalent courses (12 credits) will be accepted into the Major Core and a maximum of two equivalent courses (6 credits) will be accepted into the specialization area, including credits earned from test-out challenge examination and Portfolio.
    • A maximum of 64 credits will be accepted by the university in transfer from regionally accredited community/junior colleges.

Getting Started Applying to Barry University

Barry University uses an online, interactive process called myBarry, allowing students to conveniently start their application process, ask pending questions, request more information on academic programs, and much more.

You can rest assured knowing your Admission team and resources found in your personalized myBarry will guide you through the entire admissions process.

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Financial Aid Affordable for you.

If you’re a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate, you may qualify for our merit-based scholarships with awards up to $17,000, based on your cumulative GPA and standardized test scores. Scholarships are available for freshmen (including test optional), transfers, international, DACA, and Dreamer applicants. Using your admissions application, we automatically determine your eligibility.

More than 90% of our students receives some form of financial assistance. Apply to see if you qualify for a full array of federal and state financial aid programs. Just submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete it as soon as possible since funds may be limited. Barry's federal school code is 001466. 

Financial Aid Programs Tuition and Fees

Explore our scholarship system to see if you qualify for scholarships funded by alumni, private donors, corporations, and others.

You can use the Barry University Scholarship System to find other scholarship opportunities that you may be eligible to receive:

  • Answer as many questions as you like—the more questions answered, the more scholarships you’re matched to
  • Be automatically considered for many of the scholarships available at Barry University
  • Do a keyword search for scholarships and review the criteria to see if your qualifications are a match
The scholarships are funded through contributions from private donors, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, campus organizations, and corporations.
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