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The Best Online Computer Science Degree Programs

The Best Online Computer Science Degree Programs

Colorado Technical University
Colorado Technical University offers a wide array of computer science-related bachelor’s degrees online, including B.S. degrees in cyber security and information technology. The cyber security degree has three potential specializations, including a general track, and tracks for information assurance and computer systems security. The information technology major has seven specializations, including: a general track, data management, security, network management, software application programming, software systems engineering, and a web development track. The information technology degree requires 184 total credits, while the cyber security track requires two more, though the CTU “Fast Track” allows for experienced professionals to test out of courses they already have expertise in, allowing for around 1/3 of the program to be bypassed.


Oregon State University
oregon-state-computer-scienceOregon State University’s B.S. in Computer Science (online) is a special post-baccelaureate program that builds off of your previous degree (B.A. or B.S.), allowing for you to get a B.S. in computer science in as little as one year. The program assumes your knowledge of previous core requirements, and allows students to take only computer science courses. The program may be started in one of four terms, and at a one-year, two-year, or four-year pace. For students that need additional experience to segue into the post-bacc program, an 8-credit introductory course is offered. The minimum number of credits needed to complete the program is 60. Tuition is $322 per credit for the introductory courses, and $461 per credit for the remainder of the program. Effectively making the program $27,660 without the introductory courses, and $30,236 for program with introductory courses.


Florida State University
Florida State University offers both B.A. and B.S. degrees in computer science through their office of distance learning. Both degrees can be completed in 2 years by full-time students, or in 4 years for part-time students (assuming general education requirements have been met). The B.S. program helps students to become proficient in C, C++, and Assembly Language, as well as exposing students to other languages like Java, C#, Ada, Lisp, Scheme, Prolog, Perl, and HTML. Both degrees require the completion of 120 credit hours worth of classes. Tuition and fees are equivalent to current tuition ($215.55 per credit hour in-state, and $721.10 out-of-state) plus a distance learning fee. There are a number of programs through which tuition can be lowered to market or in-state rates, however.


Old Dominion University
old-dominion-university-computer-scienceOld Dominion offers distance learning opportunites leading to B.S. degrees in computer science, computer engineering technology, and information systems and technology, as well as a certificate in cyber security. For the B.S. in computer science, 71 credit hours of required (after 49 general education requirements are transferred from another program). Program costs vary from $299-$314 per credit hour, bringing the current total tuition to somewhere between $21,229 and $22,294 after general education requirements have been met (this is a degree-completion program). For those wishing to continue with more education, an online M.S. in computer science is available from Old Dominion, as well as a Master’s in Engineering focusing on modeling and simulation.


Colorado State University
colorado-state-computer-scienceThough Colorado State University–Global Campus’ program is technically a bachelor’s in information technology, the program’s goals are similar to computer science programs, in that they seek to produce high quality software developers, computer programmers, systems analysts, and support specialists. The number of specializations provided by the program is quite astounding, numbering at 22. Specializations range from data management and analysis, to healthcare informatics, to strategic communications. Tuition is locked into place when you enroll, so you can plan ahead for schooling costs with confidence. Currently the Fall 2014 Undergraduate Tuition Rates are $350 per credit, or $1,050 per course. With zero transfer credits, this would bring a four year 120 credit program total to $42,000, about on par with many public schools.


Dakota State University
Dakota State University has been offering its distance learning programs since 1989 and provides students from across the country with quality online education. All of their degree programs are technology-centric making it possible for students, whether they are studying in the fields of computing, business, the arts and sciences, health informatics, exercise science, or education to have access to their top-quality innovative technology. The B.S. in computer science program has been accredited in all states and offers a fast-track, as well as several related majors like health information administration, network and security administration, cyber operations, and information systems. The program costs $335 per credit hour for residents, $460.60 for non-residents.


Pace University
pace-university-computer-sciencePace University offers an online degree completion program closely related to computer science: a B.S. in technology studies. The program focuses on the intersection between the criminal justice system, cyber crime, and forensic computer investigations. Career goals that the program is well suited for include law enforcement, government agencies, private corporations in cyber security roles. The degree takes two and one-third years, while taking 2 courses a semester. A slower track is available as well. Up to 68 credits may be transferred from a two-year program. Tuition is $535 per credit hour, or $29,960 for the entire program.


Central Michigan University
central-michigan-computer-scienceCentral Michigan University’s online campus offers a bachelor’s of science in information technology with the end goal of providing skilled workers for the following roles: database administrator, applications system designer, computer network director, web specialist, intranet/firewall administrator, computer service technologist, or computer security technologist. After core classes are completed a number of specializations can be chosen from, including data communication & networking, databases, interactive multimedia design, and web applications development. Tuition for Central Michigan’s program is $437 per credit hour for major courses, and $387 for all other general courses.


Western Governor’s University
western-governors-computer-scienceWestern Governor’s University offers a number of flexible online degree programs related to computer science, including a B.S. in software development, and 4 versions of a B.S. in information technology, including a general specialization, and other specializations in network administration, security, or software. The B.S. programs in Information Technology are expansive, and prepare you for the real world, guiding students through certification in 15 industry recognized skillsets. Western Governor’s University is an affordable option, costing $2,890 per term, with each term lasting 6 months no matter how many credit hours are completed in the term. Students may begin a new term on the start of any month.


American Public University
american-public-computer-scienceAmerican Public University offers B.S. degrees in cybersecurity, information systems security, information technology, information technology management. Of these programs, all require 122 credit hours, and cost $250 per credit hour (or $30,500 total). American Public University also offers an amazing range of 21 computer science related certifications at an undergraduate level, as well as 7 computer science related certificates at a graduate level. Certificates range from 18-27 credit hours. At $250 per credit hours that makes the price range between $4,500 and $6,750.


Champlain College
champlain-college-computer-scienceChamplain College has been offering online education since 1993, and currently offers over 60 degrees and certificates online. Six computer science related bachelor’s are available online from Champlain, including Computer & Information Systems, Health I.T., Integrated Studies, Management Information Systems, Software Development, and Web Design & Development. Three other cybersecurity bachelor’s are available, including computer forensics, cyber security, and economic crime investigation. Sessions at Champlain are 7 weeks, allowing for modular programs and quickly developing skillsets. Tuition for the programs is $613 per credit hour for part-time students, and $7,697.50 per semester for full-time students.

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