33 Cheap Master’s in Computer Science Online 2019

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By BVS Staff
October 2018

These are the 33 cheapest online master’s in computer science in the entire country (based on data from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Navigator website), and most of these schools offer tuition rates that are below the cost of a regular college education. We have sorted them in descending order of cost, with the least expensive school at #1, according to the hourly, online tuition rate.
A limited number of master’s in computer science degree programs are available online. Therefore we were not able to compile a pool of options large enough to justify a multifactorial ranking system. Instead, we ranked the programs only according to their affordability. See below for the best cheap master’s degrees in human services online, ranked from least to most expensive, according to their per credit hour online rate, along with several practical facts about each program.

#1 – Georgia Southwestern State University

Americus, Georgia

Georgia Southwestern State University was established in 1906.

MS in Computer Science Online

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Enrollment: 2,954
Tuition: $13,590
Georgia Southwestern State University has an online master of science in computer science degree that is a 30 credit hour program that includes coursework in distributed web applications and topics in information security. With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, the program has options for traditional admission and conditional admission. Georgia Southwestern State University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $257 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#2 – University of West Georgia

Carrollton, Georgia

The University of West Georgia’s school mascot is the Wolf.

Online MS with a Major in Applied Computer Science

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Enrollment: 13,308
Tuition: $15,876
The University of West Georgia has an online master of science with a major in applied computer science degree that is a 36 credit hour program that includes coursework in program construction and web technologies. With a student to faculty ratio of 21 to 1, the program asks applicants to include three letters of recommendation, a letter of intent, and an up-to-date professional resume. The University of West Georgia charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $312 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#3 – Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, Alabama

Jacksonville State University’s school mascot is the Gamecock.

Online MS in Computer Systems and Software Design

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Enrollment: 8,514
Tuition: $18,336
Jacksonville State University has an online master of science in computer systems and software design degree that is a 30 credit hour program. With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, the program is designed to train students with an applied approach to prepare tomorrow’s analysts, programmers, and managers to adapt to the next developments in information technology. Jacksonville State University charges online graduate students $382 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, and its graduate computer science program will consider students with relevant undergraduate degrees and/or those with significant professional experience and coursework.

#4 – University of Illinois at Springfield

Springfield, Illinois

The University of Illinois at Springfield is a public research university in the Land of Lincoln.

Online MS in Computer Science

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Enrollment: 5,428
Tuition: $16,640
The University of Illinois at Springfield has an online master of science in computer science degree that is a 32 credit hour program that includes coursework in NoSQL databases and data visualization. With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, the program requires an undergraduate GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. The University of Illinois at Springfield charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $403 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

#5 – Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, Georgia

Georgia Southern University as established in 1906.

Online Master of Computer Science

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Enrollment: 20,673
Tuition: $26,518
Georgia Southern University has a relatively concentrated 30 credit-hour online master of computer science degree. The program has a cutting-edge concentration in data and knowledge systems, which includes “speech and vision recognition systems, expert systems, data storage systems, and information retrieval systems.” The school charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $410 per credit hour for this program. With a student to faculty ratio of 22 to 1, Georgia Southern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, and its graduate program will consider students with relevant professional experience but not the minimum GPA.

#6 – Southern Arkansas State University

Magnolia, Arkansas

Southern Arkansas University was established in 1906.

MS in Computer and Information Science Online

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Enrollment: 4,771
Tuition: $7,650
Southern Arkansas State University has an online master of science in computer and information science degree that is a 30 credit hour program that offers three areas of focus: information science; data science; and cybersecurity and privacy. With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, the program will require additional coursework from applicants without the relevant computer science and math coursework. Southern Arkansas State University charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $467 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#7 – University of West Florida

Pensacola, Florida

The University of West Florida’s school colors are Blue and Green.

Online MS in Computer Science

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Enrollment: 12,966
Tuition: $22,166
The University of West Florida has an online master of science in computer science degree that is a 30 credit hour program that offers three specializations: computer science; database systems; and software engineering. With a student to faculty ratio of 22 to 1, the program requires submission of GRE or MAT scores. The University of West Florida charges an online, out-of-state-waivered, graduate tuition rate of $478.83 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#8 – University of Idaho

Moscow, Idaho

The University of Idaho school mascot is the Vandal.

Online MS in Computer Science

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Enrollment: 11,780
Tuition: $23,046
The University of Idaho has an online master of science in computer science degree that is a 30 credit hour program that includes coursework in system software and theory of computation. With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, the program has a contingency plan for “admission with deficiencies.” The University of Idaho charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $492 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

#9 – Charleston Southern University

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston Southern University was established in 1964.

Online MS in Computer Science

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Enrollment: 3,616
Tuition: $3,750
Charleston Southern University has an online master of science in computer science degree that is a 33 credit hour program that includes coursework in advanced algorithms and ethical hacking. With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, the program may request a faculty interview after reviewing the admissions packet. Charleston Southern University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $500 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#10 – Frostburg State University

Frostburg, Maryland

Frostburg State University’s school mascot is the Bobcat.

MS in Applied Computer Science Online

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Enrollment: 5,676
Tuition: $9,108
Frostburg State University has an online master of science in computer science degree that is a 30 credit hour program including coursework in advanced software engineering and security in computing. With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, the program will consider applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 for provisional admission. Frostburg State University charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $557 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#11 – Dakota State University

Madison, South Dakota

Dakota State University was established in 1881.

MS in Applied Computer Science Online

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Enrollment: 3,190
Tuition: $10,575
Dakota State University has an online master of science in applied computer science degree that is a 30 credit hour program that includes coursework in theory of computation and machine learning fundamentals. With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, this program requires a GRE score for admission. Dakota State University charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $557.40 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#12 – Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia

Old Dominion University was established in 1930.

Online MS in Computer Science

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Enrollment: 24,322
Tuition: $25,548
Old Dominion University has an online master of science in computer science degree that is a 31-34 credit hour program that includes coursework in bioinformatics and data mining. With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, the program requires two letters of recommendation and a GRE score for admission. Old Dominion University charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $568 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#13 – Bellevue University

Bellevue, Nebraska

Bellevue University was established in 1966.

Online Master in Computer Information Systems

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Enrollment: 8,896
Tuition: $9,810
Bellevue University offers a masters in computer information systems degree designed to ready students for careers in software development, systems development and management, and information systems security. With a student to faculty ratio of 31 to 1, the program is 36 credit hours that offers three concentrations: databases; software development; and security. Bellevue University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $575 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#14 – Colorado Technical University

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Technical University was established in 1965.

Online MS in Computer Science

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Enrollment: 25,548
Tuition: $13,393
Colorado Technical University has an online master of science in computer science degree that is a 48 quarter credit hour program that includes coursework in software system engineering and database management. With a student to faculty ratio of 28 to 1, the school kicks off the admission process with an interview with an admission counselor. Colorado Technical University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $585.21 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#15 – University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Champaign, Illinois

The University of Illinois enters competitions as the Fighting Illini.

Master of Computer Science Online

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Enrollment: 46,951
Tuition: $28,773
The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign has an online master of computer science degree that is a 32 credit hour program that includes coursework in scientific computing and software engineering. With a student to faculty ratio of 20 to 1, the program requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 for admission. The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $600 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

#16 – Franklin University

Columbus, Ohio

Franklin University was established in 1902.

Online MS in Computer Science

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Enrollment: 5,006
Tuition: $15,816
Franklin University has an online master of science in computer science degree that is a 36 credit hour program that includes coursework in issues in database management and object-oriented software development. With a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1, the program is looking for applicants with at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA in their undergraduate career. Franklin University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $659 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#17 – Georgia Tech

Atlanta, Georgia

Georgia Tech competes athletically as the “Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech.”

Online MS in Computer Science

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Enrollment: 26,839
Tuition: $27,872
Georgia Tech has an online master of computer science degree that is a 30 credit hour program that offers specializations in computational perception and robotics, computing systems, interactive intelligence, and machine learning. With a student to faculty ratio of 20 to 1, the program is looking for candidates with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above. Georgia Tech charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $660 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#18 – University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

That is Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, on the seal of the University of Louisville.

MS in Computer Science Online

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Enrollment: 21,578
Tuition: $25,486
The University of Louisville has an online master of science in computer science degree that is a 30 credit hour program that includes coursework in artificial intelligence and computer networks. With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, the program is geared to accept individuals with an “adequate technical background” that doesn’t necessarily include an undergraduate degree in a computer field. The University of Louisville charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $714 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#19 – University of Houston Victoria

Victoria, Texas

The University of Houston Victoria’s school mascot is the Jaguar.

MS in Computer Science Online

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Enrollment: 4,384
Tuition: $13,462
The University of Houston Victoria has an online master of science in computer science degree that is a 36 credit hour program that includes coursework in digital gaming and robotics. With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, the school is looking for applicants with a “bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, or a related degree.” The University of Houston Victoria charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $747.87 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#20 – Columbus State University

Columbus, Georgia

Columbus State University was established in 1958.

Online MS in Applied Computer Science

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Enrollment: 8,407
Tuition: $11,952
Columbus State University has an online master of science in applied computer science degree that is a 34 credit hour program that offers four concentrations: cybersecurity; modeling and simulation; software development; and traditional computer science. With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, the program offers conditional admittance to some students, but they must meet the minimum GRE requirements. Columbus State University charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $801 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#21 – Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Nova Southeastern University is a private, research institution of higher learning.

MS in Computer Science Online

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Enrollment: 21,625
Tuition: $18,373
Nova Southeastern University has an online master of science in computer science degree that is a 36 credit hour program including coursework in programming languages and algorithm analysis. With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, the program requires additional coursework for students without an appropriate background in computer science and calculus. Nova Southeastern University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $820 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#22 – DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois

DePaul University is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.

Online MS in Computer Science

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Enrollment: 23,100
Tuition: $18,960
DePaul University has an online master of science in computer science degree that is a 52 quarter credit hour program that includes coursework in data structures and introduction to programming. With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, the program requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. DePaul University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $830 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

#23 – University of Michigan – Flint

Flint, Michigan

The University of Michigan Flint also uses the classic Maize and Blue color scheme.

Online MS in Computer Science and Information Systems

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Enrollment: 8,044
Tuition: $15,593
The University of Michigan – Flint has an online master of science in computer science and information systems degree that is a 30 credit hour program that offers two tracks: health information systems and business information systems. With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, the school requires a minimum GPA from your undergraduate career of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The University of Michigan – Flint charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $904 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

#24 – Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama

Auburn University’s school mascot is Aubie the Tiger.

MS – Computer Science and Software Engineering Online

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Enrollment: 28,290
Tuition: $27,216
Auburn University has an online master of science in computer science and software engineering degree that is a 33 credit hour program that includes coursework in software process and advanced operating systems. With a student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1, the program does not require a GRE score for admission. Auburn University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $949 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#25 – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

UMass Dartmouth’s school mascot is the Corsair.

Online MS in Computer Science

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Enrollment: 8,647
Tuition: $27,880
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has an online master of science in computer science degree that is a 30 credit hour program that includes coursework in database design and mobile robotics. With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, the program requires GRE scores and a personal statement. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $1,196.50 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

#26 – North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, North Carolina

North Carolina State University’s school mascot is the Wolfpack.

Online Master of Computer Science

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Enrollment: 33,755
Tuition: $22,610
North Carolina State University has an online master of computer science degree that is a 31 credit hour program that includes coursework in computational applied logic and graph theory. With a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1, the program requires the submission of GRE scores. North Carolina State University charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $1,245 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#27 – Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Drexel University’s school mascot is the Dragon.

Online MS in Computer Science

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Enrollment: 24,232
Tuition: $32,184
Drexel University has an online master of science in computer science degree that is a 45 quarter credit hour program that includes coursework in theory of computation and approximation algorithms. With a student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1, the program is looking for candidates with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for their last two years of undergraduate coursework. Drexel University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $1,265 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#28 – Purdue University

West Lafayette, Indiana

Purdue University’s school mascot is the Boilermaker.

Online MS in Computer Science

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Enrollment: 41,513
Tuition: $28,010
Purdue University has an online master of science in computer science degree that is a 30 credit hour program that includes coursework in machine learning and visualization. With a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1, the program is asking for letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose. Purdue University charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $1,302 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

#29 – Hofstra University

Hempstead, New York

Hofstra University’s school mascot is the Lion.

Online MS in Computer Science

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Enrollment: 11,145
Tuition: $23,256
Hofstra University has an online master of science in computer science degree that is a 30 credit hour program that includes coursework in algorithm design and programming language concepts. With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, the program does require a GRE score for admission. Hofstra University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $1,344 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#30 – Southern Methodist University

Dallas, Texas

Southern Methodist University is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

Online MS With a Major in Computer Science

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Enrollment: 11,739
Tuition: $40,896
Southern Methodist University has an online master of science with a major in computer science degree that is a 30 credit hour program that offers five concentrations: algorithms; architecture; software; data science; and security. With a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1, the program is looking for applicants with a 3.0 GPA (out of 4) over their last two years of undergraduate coursework. Southern Methodist University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $1,350 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#31 – Clarkson University

Potsdam, New York

Clarkson University’s school mascot is the Golden Knight.

Online MS in Computer Science

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Enrollment: 4,384
Tuition: $32,280
Clarkson University has an online master of science in computer science degree that is a 30 credit hour program that includes coursework in operating systems and compiler construction. With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, the program may waive the GRE requirement in the presence of pertinent professional experience. Clarkson University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $1,388 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#32- Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

Syracuse University’s school mascot is the Orangemen.

Online MS in Computer Science

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Enrollment: 21,970
Tuition: $36,000
Syracuse University has an online master of science in computer science degree that is a 30 credit hour program that can be completed in as little as 15 months. With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, applicants to the program “should have a strong computational background and a desire to develop specialized skills in one or more areas of computing.” Syracuse University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $1,559 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#33 – University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is the flagship institution of higher learning in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Online MS in Computer Science

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Enrollment: 51,579
Tuition: $25,120
The University of Minnesota has an online master of science in computer science degree that is a 31 credit hour program that includes coursework in user interface design and modern cryptography. With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, the program prefers applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 and requires a GRE score. The University of Minnesota charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $2,201 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.