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