Best Online Master’s in Computer Science: Students Before Profits Award 2016

BEST-ONLINE-MASTER’S-IN-COMPUTER-SCIENCE--STUDENTS-BEFORE-PROFITS-AWARD-2016Our Students Before Profits Award was created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line.

For our 2016 Online Master’s in Computer Science award winners, we selected online programs from accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities with objectively lower than average tuition cost and have ranked the programs according to their affordability.

Computer science positions are known for their enviable salaries and diverse job opportunities; available positions are projected to increase by 25% in the next ten years as we move to an increasingly data-driven world. Those holding a graduate degree in computer science can ensure that they’ve not only earned a broad grounding in the field, but have also specialized in one more or more facets of the discipline. Knowing how the bits come down the wire, so to speak, will give prospective employees an immediate advantage in the often competitive and complex tech job market. Reliance on the plethora of skills that computer science professionals bring to the workplace has become de rigueur due to the ever-evolving digital landscape, meaning that new graduates will have job opportunities in nearly every industry imaginable. The most popular positions for computer science graduates include software applications developer, computer systems engineer, computer systems analyst, database administrator, systems administrator, network administrator, web developer, computer programmer, and software systems developer.

Affordability, accreditation and nonprofit status are our primary criteria when it comes to ranking these programs, but many of these programs are consistently ranked among the top by other national publications and we believe they deserve to be considered among the best online master’s in computer science justice programs available.

Note that tuition rates listed below are based on total program costs for out-of-state, full-time students. In-state rates are often less expensive, and part-time cost per credit hour is often more expensive.

#1. Georgia Southern University

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Georgia Southern University is part of the University System of Georgia and enrolls over 20,000 students. The campus spans over 900 acres in Statesboro, Georgia, approximately one hour from Savannah. Recognized as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, Georgia Southern has also recently been recognized by Newsweek, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, the Princeton Review, Forbes’, and The Daily Beast.

Online Master’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

The College of Engineering and Information Technology and the Department of Computer Sciences at Georgia Southern offer an online M.S. in Computer Science. Concentrations are available in Data Mining and Data Warehousing, both high-demand fields. The curriculum emphasizes databases, artificial intelligence, web systems, distributed database systems, software engineering, wireless and mobile systems, and more. The degree requires that thirty hours be completed before graduation, and many students are able to finish within two years.

Accreditation

Georgia Southern University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $10,500

#2. Kennesaw State University

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Kennesaw State University, part of the University System of Georgia, was founded in 1963 as Kennesaw Junior College. In 1976, the school became a four-year college and subsequently appointed its second president, Betty Siegel – the first female president in the University System of Georgia. Located on 240 acres in Kennesaw, Georgia, Kennesaw State University enrolls over 30,000 students and was recently recognized by U.S. News for its promising academic proposals and successful efforts to help freshman adapt to college life.

Online Master’s of Science in Software Engineering Overview

Kennesaw State University’s Master’s of Science in Software Engineering is a ten-course program culminating in a capstone experience – either a project or thesis option. The project option consists of four elective courses and a software engineering project, and the thesis option requires three elective courses and two semesters of thesis. Most prospective students will have an undergraduate degree in computing or a related field, and those who have an unrelated undergraduate degree may choose to take up to five graduate-level foundation courses or may enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering Foundations before pursuing the full master’s degree.

Accreditation

Kennesaw State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $12,240

#3. University of Illinois Springfield

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Founded in 1969 as Sangamon State University, The University of Illinois at Springfield was originally an “upper-division university” and therefore only offered courses for those in the last two years of their undergraduate program or in graduate school. This changed in 2001, when UIS began accepted freshman as part of a university-wide honors program, and also in 2006, when freshmen were able to be admitted under the general education curriculum. The public liberal arts university is the newest campus in the University of Illinois system and is part of the American Council of Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

Online Master’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

The University of Illinois Springfield’s Master’s of Science in Computer Science is a distance program designed for those interested in the creation, analysis, and implementation of software programs. To qualify for graduation, students will take eight courses – 32 credits – and maintain a 3.0 grade-point average, at least a ‘B’ in all coursework, throughout the duration of the program. The university’s website displays the current available distance course offerings and requirements, which are subject to change.

Accreditation

The University of Illinois at Springfield is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $13,041

#4. Dakota State University

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Located in Madison, South Dakota and originally founded in 1881 as the first teacher institution in the Dakota Territory, Dakota State University is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents. The university is technology-centric, and requires all full-time undergraduate students to use tablet computers and take an introductory computer usage and programming course as part of the mandatory core curriculum. 25 of their on-campus degree programs are available via distance education.

Online Master’s of Science in Applied Computer Science Overview

Dakota State University’s online M.S. in Applied Computer Science is founded on the theoretical aspects of computer systems but primarily emphasizes the practical application of computer science in a professional context. All students will be able to choose a specialization by taking five additional courses before graduation. These specializations include Cyber Operations, or an individually-crafted specialization customized by picking and choosing courses from related programs including Information Assurance, Analytics, and Information Systems. After program completion, graduates will be prepared to work as cyber security specialists, software developers, and more.

Accreditation

Dakota State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $13,500

#5. Arizona State University

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Founded in 1885 and located on several campuses across Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona State University is a national space-grant institution and the largest public university in the country by enrollment. Arizona State University’s online campus was ranked #1 in online Student Services and Technology by U.S. News & World Report and offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Online Master’s of Software Engineering Overview

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU offers an online Master’s of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Software Engineering. Graduates will leave the program prepared to work as software engineers or software task leaders, and will have studied a variety of techniques and processes for both creating and managing software projects. The curriculum was developed according to the standards of the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge under the leadership of the IEEE Computer Society.

Accreditation

Arizona State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Schools.

Tuition: $15,906

#6. Old Dominion University

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Old Dominion University is located in Norfolk, Virginia. Established in 1930 as the College of William and Mary, the school acquired university status and its current name in 1969. ODU enrolls approximately 24,000 through on-campus and online programs, and is recognized as a national leader in distance learning.

Online Master’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

ODU’s Master’s of Science in Computer Science is an online program designed for students with a thorough background in the technological fields. The curriculum emphasizes the study of bioinformatics, data mining, digital libraries, high performance computing, networking, cyber security, software engineering, and computational foundations. Students will be eligible for graduation after 31-34 credits, depending on the program option they choose; courses-only and the project option both require 34 hours, and the thesis option requires only 31. Alumni have gone on to work as cyber security analysts and specialists, network and database administrators, software developers and engineers, systems analysts, and web developers.

Accreditation

Old Dominion University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $17,034

#7. University of Louisville

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A public university with over 20,000 students, the University of Louisville was founded in 1798 as the first city-owned university in the nation. UofL offers bachelor’s degrees in seventy fields of study, master’s in 78, and doctorate degrees in 22, and has been favorably recognized by Forbes, Washington Monthly, and the U.S. News & World Report.

Online Master’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville offers an online M.S. in computer science. Prospective students must have some technical background, but do not need an undergraduate degree in computer science or a closely-related field. Regardless of academic and professional background, prerequisite courses include Program Design in C or Introduction to Programming Languages, Discrete Structures, and Survey of Computer Engineering and Computer Science. Foundational courses include Automata Theory and Algorithms; students will then choose multiple courses from both Software and Analytic categories, and will complete the program with either a thesis or project option. 30 credit-hours are required for graduation.

Accreditation

The University of Louisville is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $21,420

#8. University of Bridgeport

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Located in the South End neighborhood of Bridgeport, Connecticut, the racially-diverse, picturesque University of Bridgeport was established in 1927. The school experienced rapid growth after the Vietnam War due to the G.I. Bill, and in 1969, enrollment peaked at almost 10,000 students. The school currently enrolls approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students and boasts thirteen distinct schools, institutes, and colleges. Both The Washington Monthly and the U.S. News & World Report have ranked Bridgeport according to research, social mobility, program quality, and incoming students prior academic performance.

Online Master’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

The University of Bridgeport’s online M.S.C.S. has been recognized by the U.S. News and World as one of the best in the nation. The 34-credit program is designed to prepare students for doctoral studies or a professional career in the field. Required courses include Analysis of Algorithms, Object-Oriented Programming Using C++, Operating Systems, Advanced Database, and more. Electives include Windows Programming, Smartphone App Development, Unix System Programming, Data Mining, and many more. Classes are offered in 16-week sessions, and sessions begin in January, June, and August. Alumni have gone on to work as Computer Network Analysts, Database Administrators, Programmers, Software Engineers, Web Administrators, and more.

Accreditation

The University of Bridgeport is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $24,990

#9. Regis University

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Formerly known as Regis College, Regis University is a private Jesuit university located in Denver, Colorado. Founded in Las Vegas in 1877 by a group of exiled Italian Jesuits, the school adopted the name Regis in 1921 in honor of John Francis Regis, a 17th-century Jesuit who worked with the poor in Southern France. Regis has a long history of charity and community service and has hosted Bill Clinton, Pope John Paul II, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams, and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Online Master’s of Science in Software Engineering, Master’s of Science in Data Sciences, and Master’s of Science in Software Engineering and Database Technologies Overview

Regis University’s M.S. in Software Engineering is a 36 credit-hour degree program emphasizing the use of layered architectures, design patterns, and application frameworks. The curriculum focuses on the industry’s “best practices” such as architecture-centric design, user-driven requirements, and the Agile iterative/incremental process. Software engineering, as a discipline, is necessary in nearly every industry, and graduates of Regis University will be equipped to work professionally in this diverse field. The related online M.S. in Data Sciences is also a 36 credit-hour program and underlines the importance of gathering and analyzing data while remaining socially responsible. Required coursework includes Ethics, Privacy, and Social Justice in Data Science; Data Analytics; Statistical Methods and Experimental Design, and more. Alumni have gone on to work in statistics, data engineering, predictive analytics, data visualization, and data analytics. Regis University’s M.S. in Software Engineering and Database Technologies is another 36 credit-hour online program focusing on the crafts of design, development, administration, and successful creation of various software and database solutions. Offered in conjunction with the National University of Ireland, Galway, the M.S. in Software Engineering and Database Technologies prepares students to build successful technology careers in the modern global marketplace.

Accreditation

Regis University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $25,200

#10. Colorado State University

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Colorado State University is a public research university located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Founded in 1870 as an agricultural college, the main campus sits on 583 acres at the base of the Rocky Mountains. CSU alumni include astronauts, Pulitzer Prize winners, and two former governors of the state. 92% of previous students at Colorado State University’s online campus say that completion of their degree program contributed to their financial goals, and 89% would recommend the online campus to a friend or family member.

Online Master’s of Computer Science in Computer Science Overview

Colorado State University’s online M.C.S. can be completed in two years. Students will study with renowned faculty and acquire extensive knowledge in networking and security, parallel computing, software engineering, artificial intelligence, systems software, and database systems. Applicants must have a professional history in the field or a related undergraduate degree, and must be able to display working knowledge in discrete mathematics, data structure and algorithms, computer architecture, software development methodologies, operating system design concepts, competency in object-oriented programming, and advanced mathematical skill. Students who are not yet prepared to apply to the program may begin by earning an online computer science certificate in either Computer Systems and Security or Software Engineering, or take individual courses from their curriculums. After graduation, 70% of Colorado State University’s M.C.S. graduates will already have job offers by high-tech companies.

Accreditation

Colorado State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $25,410

#11. Texas Tech University

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Founded in the 1920s in Lubbock, Texas, Texas Tech University is a public research university originally known as Texas Technological College. The university is located on almost 2,000 acres in Lubbock, Texas – on the only campus in the state housing an undergraduate university, law school, and medical school on the same grounds. Texas Tech is classified as having “high research activity”, the most popular areas of research being epidemiology, grid computing, pulsed power, nanophotonics, wind energy, and atmospheric sciences. Notable alumni include folk singer John Denver, astronaut Rick Husband, former Texas governor Preston Smith, former president of the Republic of Panama Demetrio B. Lakas, and country singer Pat Green.

Online Master’s of Science in Software Engineering Overview

TTU’s Worldwide eLearning program offers a 36-hour, non-thesis Master’s of Science in Software Engineering. Prospective students must have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related field. Because there is not a minimum number of enrollment hours per semester, students may take as little as two years or much longer to finish the master’s degree. Course offerings correspond to the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech, which includes four start-times per year. Required courses include Software Project Management, Software Modeling and Architecture, and Software Verification and Validation. Electives include Special Topics in Software Engineering, Real Time and Time Sharing Systems, Fault-Tolerant Computer Systems, and more.

Accreditation

Texas Tech University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $27,561

#12. Rochester Institute of Technology

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Founded in 1891 as a result of a merger between Rochester Athenaeum, a literary society, and the technical training school Mechanics Institute, Rochester University is a private, highly-esteemed fine arts and technical school. Located in Henrietta in the Rochester, New York metropolitan area, RIT is most renowned for its fine arts, computing, and engineering programs. The campus spans 1,300 acres, most of which is covered in woodland and fresh-water swamp. Notable alumni number approximately 110,000 and are found in all fifty states and over 100 countries.

Online Master’s of Science in Human-Computer Interaction Overview

Rochester’s distance M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction implements over fifty years of development in computer science theory as it pertains to the design and implementation of interactive computing and computing-based systems. Human concerns take precedence throughout all stages of development; conceptualization of emerging technologies considers first the application’s benefit to the user. An exceptionally multifaceted field, HCI combines aspects of science, engineering, design, psychology, anthropology, sociology, industrial design, and computing to shape and evaluate efficient and user-friendly technologies. Alumni have gone on to work as usability engineers and analysts, interaction designers, information architects, user experience specialists, and more.

Accreditation

Rochester Institute of Technology is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $28,620

#13. University of Denver

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Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain Region. The former Governor of the Colorado Territory, John Evans, established DU as a Methodist seminary when Denver was only a mining camp, but by 1880 the seminary had evolved into the University of Denver. The 125-acre campus houses many historic buildings that were built in the late 1800’s, including University Hall and the Chamberlin Observatory. The University of Denver has been lauded by the U.S. News & World Report, BusinessWeek, Poets & Writers magazine, Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes, and Foreign Policy Magazine.

Online Master’s of Science in Mobile Application Development, Master’s of Science in Software Design and Programming, and Master’s in Web Design and Development Overview

The University of Denver’s online M.S. in Mobile Application Development is a twelve-course program offered by their University College. Created for IT professionals looking for experience and support in developing their own mobile app career, this master’s program instructs students in the design, development, and the integration of in-demand mobile applications. Requisite coursework includes Enterprise Architecture, Advanced Website Design and Management, Native Application Development with Adobe Air on Mobile Devices, Mobile Application Development with Web Standards, and more. Also offered by the University of Denver’s University College, the online twelve-course M.S. in Software Design and Programming focuses on Object-oriented methods and programming. Students will generate program code in languages such as Java, C#, PHP, and Python, and will take courses including Web Enabled Information Systems, Client-Server Applications, Principles of Project Management, and more. The University of Denver’s M.S. in Web Design and Development prepares students to create interactive web pages and launch careers as web masters, web designers, web programmers, and web architects. Coursework will emphasize website usability, design, and management. Like the aforementioned technological degrees, twelve courses are required for graduation.

Accreditation

The University of Denver is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $28,752

#14. Penn State World Campus

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Established in 1855, Pennsylvania State University is a state-related research university with 24 statewide campuses. In 2010, the university’s enrollment, including online learners, totaled 94,300 students. Pennsylvania State University World Campus is often referred to as “Penn State Online” and is the virtual campus of Pennsylvania State University. The World Campus was founded in 1998, but Pennsylvania State University has been offering distance education courses since 1892, when it developed one of the nation’s pioneer correspondence study programs for statewide farmers.

Online Master’s of Software Engineering Overview

Penn State’s distance Master’s of Software Engineering was designed for working graduates of baccalaureate programs in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and related disciplines. Twelve courses are delivered in seven-week terms over a two-year period; 36-credit hours are required for graduation. First-year courses include Requirements Engineering, Pattern Oriented Design, Database Design Concepts, Software Systems Architecture, Enterprise Integration, and more. Advanced courses include Web Security and Privacy, Applied Human Computer Interaction, and Software Construction; the program concludes with a studio in Software Engineering. Graduates with a technical background will be able to become leaders and innovators in an industry marked by constant change and evolution.

Accreditation

Pennsylvania State University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $29,436

#15. North Carolina State University

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Officially North Carolina State University at Raleigh, North Carolina State University is a public land, sea, and space grant institution. Part of the University of North Carolina system, NC State represents one of the corners of the Research Triangle along with Duke University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. NC State was founded in 1887 as an agricultural and mechanical college, and currently offers 106 bachelor’s degrees, 104 master’s degrees, 61 doctoral degrees, and enrolls almost 35,000 students. North Carolina State University is the largest university in both North and South Carolina.

Online Master’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

NC State’s M.S. in Computer Science is a distance education non-thesis program requiring at least 31 credits of coursework for graduation. Prospective students must take the GRE before applying. Applicants who do not have an undergraduate background in computer science may be admitted with the understanding that they complete a three-semester preparatory course load focusing on differential and integral calculus, probability and statistics, and specified computer science courses. Students may take as few as two years or as many as six years to complete all program requirements.

Accreditation

North Carolina State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $30,752

#16. Florida Atlantic University

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Florida Atlantic University is located on 850 acres in Boca Raton, Florida, and operates five Floridian satellite campuses in Dania Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Jupiter, and in Fort Pierce at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. Part of the State University System of Florida and classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with high research activity, FAU offers 180 undergraduate and graduate programs within its ten colleges and enrolls over 30,000 students.

Online Master’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

The Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University offers an online Master’s of Science in Computer Science with both a thesis and a non-thesis option. Coursework is divided into three categories: Theory, Software Development, and Computer Systems, and students are required to take a number of classes from each one. Examples of classes included Queueing Theory, Philosophy of Computation, Programming Languages, Software Testing, Computer Performance Modeling, Data Mining and Machine Learning, and more. After program completion, graduates will be prepared to work as Information Technology Architects, Network Architects, and Senior Application Developers.

Accreditation

Florida Atlantic University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $35,039

#17. New Jersey Institute of Technology

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A public research university in Newark, New Jersey in the New York metropolitan area, the New Jersey Institute of Technology was founded in 1881 as a technical school. The institution evolved into a classic engineering college, and then, during the 1970’s, into a polytechnic university with five colleges and one school. Currently enrolling more than 11,000 students, NJIT is a Land-grant university, a Sea-grant college, a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and a participant in the Mcnair Scholars Program.

Online Master’s of Science in Computer Sciences Overview

Crafted for professionals actively working in the Computer Science and Engineering fields, the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s online MSCS is a 30-credit program that can be completed in less than two years by full-time students. Specialty tracks are available in Databases and Data Mining, Networking, as well as a Generalist option, and graduate-level certificates include Data Mining and Software Engineering, Analysis, and Design. The online certificate option can function as a gradual entry into the full master’s program, or can stand alone.

Accreditation

The New Jersey Institute of Technology is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $35,100

#18. Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Missouri S & T, formerly known as the University of Missouri-Rolla, was founded in 1870 as the first technological learning institution west of the Mississippi River. Part of the University of Missouri System, Missouri S & T was ranked #3 in top engineering schools in the U.S. by USA Today, and has been recognized by usnews.com, Popular Science, Washington Monthly, and U.S. News & World Report. The school is also known for its long-standing tradition of weeklong university festivities celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

Online Master’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

Missouri S & T’s Department of Distance and Continuing Education offers an online 31-credit  M.S. in Computer Science. Emphasis areas are available in software engineering and critical infrastructure protection, and all students must choose between a thesis (research) option or the regular coursework option. Prospective students will have an undergraduate degree in a related discipline, or twelve hours of graduate coursework in computer science. Online graduate certificates – for which the GRE is not required – are available to students who need to earn credit toward a graduate degree before entering a full master’s program. Furthermore, graduate certificate students who earn a B or higher in all core certificate courses may be eligible to enter the corresponding master’s program without taking the GRE.

Accreditation

The Missouri University of Science and Technology is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $38,141

#19. Johns Hopkins

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The Johns Hopkins University of Baltimore, Maryland was founded in 1876 and named after its original benefactor – entrepreneur, abolitionist, and philanthropist Johns Hopkins. The private institution is the first research university in the United States. Johns Hopkins is a prestigious university and has been ranked highly by Forbes’, U.S. News & World Report. Washington Monthly, QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and more. 36 Nobel Laureates have either attended Johns Hopkins or been employed as faculty members, including Woodrow Wilson, who earned his PhD in 1886 and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919.

Online Master’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering and Engineering for Professionals offer an online M.S. in Computer Science. The ten-course program must be completed within five years, and students are required to choose a concentration or track. Focus areas are available in Bioinformatics, Cybersecurity, Data Communications and Networking, Data Science and Cloud Computing, Database Systems and Knowledge Management, Enterprise and Web Computing, Human-Computer Interaction and Visualization, Software Engineering, Systems, and Theory. The curriculum is thorough and constantly evolving, and has received the highest accolades regarding not only the coursework and percentage of successful graduates, but also the renowned faculty.

Accreditation

The Johns Hopkins University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $38,800

#20. University of Southern California

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The University of Southern California is a private research university in Los Angeles. Originally founded in 1880 in affiliation with the Methodist Church, USC has had no official religious association since the early 1950’s. The school currently enrolls 19,000 undergraduates and 24,000 posts graduates, and counts 181 Fulbright Scholars, eight Rhodes Scholars, three MacArthur Fellows, five Nobel Laureates, one Turing Award winner, 78 Academy Award winners, 119 Emmy Award winners, one winner of the National Humanities Medal, three winners of the National Medal of Science, three winners of the National Medal of Arts, and two winners of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation among its alumni and teaching faculty.

Online Master’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering offers an online Master’s of Science in Computer Science with emphasis on the design, programming, and application of computing systems. Alumni have gone on to work in a variety of careers, but graduates will predominantly find themselves working aerospace and defense, computer programming, software design, bioinformatics, computer simulation, information technology, architecture, communications, and consulting firms. The majority of students will complete the program in 1 ½ to 3 ½ years.

Accreditation

The University of Southern California is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $47,898