Degree Programs

NMSU’s distance education degree programs are designed to serve students who may not be able to pursue an education through traditional means. NMSU offers Bachelor degree completion programs, Masters and Doctorate programs, and a number of Graduate Certificate and K-12 NM educator licensure and endorsement programs.

Please contact the listed distance education director for your degree program.


Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology

Degree Completion Program

College: Engineering

Program Category: Online

Description: The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) curriculum covers topics and concepts that are required to design, implement, and manage a variety of computer-based information systems. The curriculum includes the study of computer hardware, application and operating systems software, system integration, database design and management, networking, and network security. Graduates can expect to fill positions with titles such as Information Technologist, Project Manager, Systems or Network Administrator, Computer Support Specialist, and Database Administrator. The program is designed for graduates of computer and technology-related associate degree programs - usually from community colleges or other two-year institutions who are seeking a Bachelor's degree. It is also a viable degree path for students who have completed the freshmen and sophomore years of computer or technology-related programs at four-year institutions.

Delivery method: Web based. Some courses may be supplemented by information online.

Requirements: There are a total of 14 upper division Information and Communication Technology courses for a total of 42 credits. To complete a baccalaureate program, a student must also meet the following overlapping criteria:

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 total credit hours.
  2. Complete at least 48 credit hours of upper division coursework (courses numbered 300 and above).
  3. Complete the NMSU General Education requirements. Other NMSU, College of Engineering, and Department of Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering degree requirements are specified in the relevant sections of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Costs: Current main campus tuition and fees plus a $35 per credit hour distance education fee. See the University Accounts Receivable Tuitions and Fees for the current rate.

Prerequisites: Students entering the program will have an associate degree or at least 62 credits from an accredited educational institution including the General Education Common Core Requirements. Additionally the student must complete the following with a grade of "C" or better college algebra, computer programming (must be either Java or C++ ) and a basic computer class literacy including office productivity tools.

To apply: Students may apply for admission to NMSU by completing an online application form and, in the case of transfer students, by also requesting that official copies of transcripts from other institutions attended be sent for evaluation to:

  • Office of Admissions
  • MSC 3A, P.O. Box 30001
  • Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

The Department of Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering will determine that applicants have met the program entry requirements as stated above or will, in some situations, allow a waiver to the entry requirements.

Accreditation: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
HLC website
HLC phone: 800-621-7440

Specialized Accreditation:

More info: Information and Communication Technology at NMSU

Disabilities: If you have a disability that may affect your performance in a course, or if you require accommodations in order to take a distance education course, contact NMSU's Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Providing accommodations for distance education students sometimes requires more time than in a traditional classroom setting so students are encouraged to begin working with SAS as early as possible.

Updated: 2018-08-21