2016 Top Computer Science Graduate Programs

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Each of the top 22 schools offering graduate degree programs in computer science received an average student rating of 3.57 or higher. These schools were ranked based on several categories, including quality of instruction, students' satisfaction with their degrees, and financial aid services. Arizona State University and University of Michigan-Flint provide the most affordable options, with annual tuition rates at $6,454 and $13,882 respectively. 

With an average student rating of 4.57, #1 ranked Rice University is an excellent choice for those seeking a graduate degree in computer science. Students praised the program's student-to-faculty ratio in their reviews. "Small department size fosters student-teacher interactions, academic integrity, faculty support," according to one student. For students at Stanford University, networking opportunities and industry connections are highlights of the program. "The school is very focused on helping grads find a job after graduation, and being in Silicon Valley is a huge advantage," one student wrote.

Best Schools Offering Graduate Programs in Computer Science View Methodology >>>
Rank School Annual Tuition 2016 Student Rating
#1 #1 Rice University Annual Tuition $32,217 2016 Student Rating 4.57
#2 #2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $45,586 2016 Student Rating 4.56
#3 #3 Boston University Annual Tuition $44,580 2016 Student Rating 4.39
#4 #4 Indiana University - Bloomington Annual Tuition $25,153 2016 Student Rating 4.31
#5 #5 Brown University Annual Tuition $45,416 2016 Student Rating 4.29
#6 #6 University of Virginia - Main Campus Annual Tuition $26,266 2016 Student Rating 4.27
#7 #7 University of Massachusetts - Amherst Annual Tuition $27,715 2016 Student Rating 4.27
#8 #8 University of Washington - Bothell Annual Tuition $27,066 2016 Student Rating 4.26
#9 #9 Stanford University Annual Tuition $43,245 2016 Student Rating 4.23
#10 #10 Northwestern University Annual Tuition $45,560 2016 Student Rating 4.20
#11 #11 Rochester Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $37,486 2016 Student Rating 4.16
#12 #12 Arizona State University Annual Tuition $6,454 - $22,652 2016 Student Rating 4.14
#13 #13 DePaul University Annual Tuition $18,230 2016 Student Rating 4.13
#14 #14 University of California-Irvine Annual Tuition $28,064 2016 Student Rating 4.13
#15 #15 Illinois Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $22,922 2016 Student Rating 4.12
#16 #16 University of Wisconsin - Madison Annual Tuition $25,184 2016 Student Rating 4.08
#17 #17 George Mason University Annual Tuition $28,442 2016 Student Rating 4.05
#18 #18 University of Michigan-Flint Annual Tuition $13,882 2016 Student Rating 4.00
#19 #19 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign Annual Tuition $29,787 2016 Student Rating 3.97
#20 #20 North Carolina State University Annual Tuition $21,690 2016 Student Rating 3.80
#21 #21 Carnegie Mellon University Annual Tuition $39,516 2016 Student Rating 3.79
#22 #22 University of Central Florida Annual Tuition $28,616 2016 Student Rating 3.57

Methodology

Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2015-2016 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from your institution of choice for more details.

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Our tuition numbers reflect data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics.

This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.