Graduateprograms.com Announces Rankings for Top Computer Science Graduate Programs

Computer Science graduate programs have become increasingly popular among students—and employers. Even during more difficult economic times, there were opportunities for employment with a degree in Computer Science. These programs span a wide variety of disciplines and potential careers in the public and private sector, but almost always incorporate theory, analysis and practical knowledge of computers.

Recognizing the exponential increase in popularity and need for those with a background in Computer Science, graduateprograms.com is pleased to announce the Top Computer Science Programs in the U.S., according to graduate students. More than 40,000 students submitted reviews of over 1,300 graduate programs between Sept. 1, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2013.

For a complete list of the 2013 Top Graduate Programs in Computer Science, please visit http://www.graduateprograms.com/top-computer-science-programs. According to student ratings posted on graduateprograms.com, the best graduate Computer Science Programs in the country are…

1.) Carnegie Mellon University (9.5 stars)
2.) University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (9.3 stars)
3.) University of Maryland University College (9.1 stars)
4.) Boston University (8.9 stars)
5.) TIE: Arizona State University (8.86 stars)
University of Pennsylvania (8.86 stars)
7.) Southern Methodist University (8.83 stars)
8.) TIE: Princeton University (8.5 stars)
University of Maryland, College Park (8.5 stars)
10.) Stanford University (8.4 stars)
11.) University of California-Berkeley (8.26 stars)
12.) Ohio University-Main Campus (8.2 stars)
13.) University of Virginia (8 stars)
14.) University of Massachusetts-Amherst (7.98 stars)
15.) University at Buffalo, State University of New York (7.96 stars)
16.) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (7.88 stars)
17.) Rochester Institute of Technology (7.86 stars)
18.) George Mason University (7.82 stars)
19.) North Carolina A&T State University (7.77 stars)
20.) Georgetown University (7.73 stars)
21.) Brown University (7.6 stars)
22.) Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (7.4 stars)
23.) Cornell University (7.1 Stars)
24.) Texas A&M University (7.017 Stars)
25.) Polytechnic Institute of New York University (7.011 Stars)

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often share more personal insights regarding their experiences by posting comments on the site. One Carnegie Mellon University Class of 2013 student wrote, “The work load is intense, but it feels rewarding once you’ve completed it. The courses are interesting and are different than those offered by many other institutions. The professors are accessible and friendly. Overall it is
an amazing school to attend.”

Students can continue to review their programs at www.graduateprograms.com and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.

METHODOLOGY

Graduateprograms.com reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. Graduateprograms.com assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network. A 10 star system (with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the best) is used, as well as verbatim comments.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.