Top 10 Best Colleges for Online Computer Science and IT Degrees

The field of information technology (IT) is a varied one, and degree holders in this area of study have a number of career options available to them.

Featured Programs

1. American InterContinental University - BIT - Software Analysis and Development
2. Kaplan University - BSIT - Network Administration

Students enrolled at any of the institutions on this list of top online Computer Science and IT degrees will be engaged in a challenging curriculum while managing their job and/or family responsibilities. Many of these institutions also demonstrate that it’s possible to get high quality and affordability at the same time.

#1 Western International University

Executive Summary

Western International University has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission since 1984. Most students enrolled in classes are working adults and this school uses a traditional teaching style in its on-campus and online courses.

Tuition

Tuition rates for undergraduate courses range from $430-$500 per credit hour. Graduate-level courses cost $600 per credit hour.

Unique Features

Students enrolled in online degree programs at West have the option of attending class in real time via the Internet or watching the recorded version whenever it is most convenient for them. The university offers an undergraduate degree in Informatics IT and a Master of Science in Information Systems Engineering.

#2 DeVry University

Executive Summary

DeVry is a well-known university which has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Online learners complete the same rigorous curriculum as students who attend classes on campus.

Tuition

Undergraduate students at DeVry pay $360 per credit hour. Graduate students are charged $2,255 per three-credit course.

Unique Features

Not only does DeVry offer several degree programs in Computers and IT, but students who choose to study remotely have the flexibility to study and complete assignments from anywhere, on a schedule which works for them.

#3 American Intercontinental University

Executive Summary

AIU has a reputation for being serious about helping its students get an education. This school would be a good fit for well-motivated students who want to do the work required to obtain a degree quickly.

Tuition

Students attending AIU online pay $302 per credit hour.

Unique Features

The online IT programs offered by AIU provide students with a good level of understanding of current industry trends. The curriculum also includes courses to help students develop their leadership and project management skills.

#4 Walden University

Executive Summary

Walden University has been offering post-secondary degree programs since 1970. This school is a member of the Academy for Assessment of Student Learning and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition

Undergraduate students pay $280 per credit hour. Graduate students attending Walden pay $700 per credit hour.

Unique Features

Walden’s School of Management and Technology offers Bachelor and Master’s degree programs in Information Systems and Information Technology. Students can choose from a number of concentrations within these degree programs to focus their studies on an area they are particularly interested in pursuing.

#5 Kaplan University

Executive Summary

Kaplan University was founded in 1937, and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Students may apply for credit for prior learning but must complete a minimum of half of the major requirements for a degree at.Kaplan.

Tuition

The cost of tuition for undergraduate students is $305 per credit hour. MBA students pay $330.75 per credit hour.

Unique Features

Kaplan offers Associate, Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Information Technology. Students who choose this University can test-drive their program for five weeks before deciding whether to continue (and pay the required tuition) or drop out.

#6 Strayer University

Executive Summary

Strayer University welcomed its first students in 1892. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and is a candidate for accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Tuition

Undergraduate students attending Strayer pay $1,650 per course, and graduate students are charged $2,250 per course.

Unique Features

Strayer offers several concentrations in its Bachelor of Science and undergraduate certificate in Information Systems programs. Online learners can choose to attend classes in asynchronous format, where they sign in a set date and time to listen to live audio lectures from their instructor, or an asynchronous format, in which case they listen to prerecorded lectures at a time which is convenient for them.

#7 Western Governors University

Executive Summary

Western Governors University is a non-profit online school. As its name implies, WGU was founded by a group of 19 US Governors.

Tuition

Students pay a flat rate of $2,890 for every six-month term they are enrolled in classes.
Unique Features

The school’s College of Information Technology offers several Bachelor’s degree programs, as well as a Master’s degree in Information Security and Assurance and an MBA in Information Technology Management. WGU offers a competency based education to students, as opposed to a credit hour based one.

#8 Colorado Technical University

Executive Summary

Colorado Technical University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. It is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition

Tuition at CTU is $305 per credit hour for undergrads, and $585 for graduate students.

Unique Features

CTU offers a number of degree programs online in computers and IT. Students interested in furthering their education in computer science can work toward a Master’s or Doctoral degree. The school offers several programs in IT at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

#9 Herzing University

Executive Summary

Herzing University was founded in 1965 and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. All instructors have industry experience and receive specialized training for online programs.

Tuition

Students attending Herzing pay $460 per credit hour.

Unique Features

Prospective Herzing students can choose from Associate and Bachelor’s degree programs in Software Development and Information Technology. An MBA program in Technology Management is also offered.

# 10 Ivy Bridge College

Executive Summary

This school operates under the premise that with hard work and a good attitude, students can reach their academic goals. Each student enrolled at the school works with a personal success coach, who is available to provide guidance from enrollment to graduation.

Tuition

Full-time students attending Ivy Bridge pay $4,950 per semester.

Unique Features

Ivy Bridge College offers an Associate degree in Computer & Information Technology. The program includes a number of liberal education courses as well as requirements for the degree, to give students a broad base of knowledge.