The consumer group SuperScholar.org, which frequently publishes online college rankings based on affordability and credibility, recently released its rankings for the best online master’s in computer science degrees. Their ratings are calculated by analyzing public data concerning market reputation, academic quality, student satisfaction, and value.
Here are ten of the top online master’s in computer science programs from across the country:
10. Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
A private university owned by the Methodist Church, SMU is a frequent recipient of awards for academics and research. Several master’s degrees are available online, including computer science and engineering, engineering management, information, and systems. Most degrees require 10 courses and are aimed at international students, making the online availability more flexible.
9. Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut
This private institute is an award-winning leader in online education, offering a 16-course online master’s in information technology. The university faculty remains in frequent talks with nationwide employers to ensure that the program remains relevant in the ever-changing computer science marketplace.
8. Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a leader in technology, technological research, and international outreach. As a public university, it offers on online master’s in information technology. Students may choose to complete the degree in two, three, or four years, although most choose the three-year option.
7. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
As one of the very first research universities in the country, this institute remains one of the best in the world in scientific and technological research. Students of the master’s in computer science program must complete 10 courses within five years. The university also offers a master’s in systems engineering degree, as well as concentrations in telecommunications, networking, and bioinformatics.
6. Columbia University, New York, New York
This prestigious university offers a 30-credit online master’s in computer science degree that must be completed within five years of enrollment. Students may choose to concentrate in several different tracks: computer security, machine learning, natural language processing, network systems, software systems, or vision and graphics. Those students who cannot decide on a concentration may choose to create a personalized track with faculty supervision and sponsorship.
5. Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A private research institute, Drexel is known for its strengths in engineering, technology, and science. Recently the university has also received additional attention for improvements and innovations in its faculty and degree programs. Students have the opportunity to choose between a master’s in computer science, information systems, or software engineering; the number of credit hours and length of study vary by program.
4. Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
With a Methodist Church background, this university is well-known for its commitment to research and academic study. Students may earn a master’s in computer information systems with a concentration in database management and business intelligence, health informatics, IT project management, or security. Only 10 courses are required for this degree, and most students can complete the program in less than two years of study.
3. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
A private research university, USC has become one of the best-ranked and most prestigious in the country. The institute’s 28-credit program requires students to take six graduate courses and complete a thesis before earning a master’s in global information science and technology. For a student who can enroll in two classes per semester, the program can be completed in as little as 16 months.
2. Stanford University, Stanford, California
One of the top research facilities in the world in the areas of science and technology, this university has produced more Turing award winners, the computer science equivalent of the Nobel Prize, and computer company founders than any other institute of higher learning. The online master’s in computer science program requires 45 credit hours. Students can earn the entire degree online or choose to take some classes face-to-face. Although students are only required to complete the degree in five years, most finish in three.
1. Brandeis University, Boston, Massachusetts
As a small, private research university, this institute demonstrates a continued commitment to innovation in science and technology that has been apparent since its founding by Albert Einstein and others in 1948. The university offers several online master’s degrees, each requiring 30 credit hours for completion. Students may choose between health and medical informatics, information assurance, software engineering, virtual team management, and management of projects and programs.