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2021 Best Value Computer Science Master's Degree Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

179 Colleges
$17,882 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$101,447 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Computer Science Master's Degree School for You

With 47,906 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, computer science is the #2 most popular major in the United States.

There are so many computer science programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Computer Science Degree Search has created the Best Value Computer Science Master's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 179 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value master's degree programs for compsci students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for compsci majors pursuing a master's degree.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for a Master's in CompSci

Our 2021 rankings named Northwest Missouri State University the best value school in the United States for computer science students working on their master’s degree. Northwest is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Maryville.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Northwest are $7,023 a year.

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Out of the 179 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Brigham Young University - Provo landed the # 2 spot on the list. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at BYU are $7,290 per year.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means North Dakota State University - Main Campus is a great value for computer science students working on their master’s degree. Located in the medium-sized city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public school with a fairly large student population.

North Dakota State University graduate students pay an average of $11,123 in tuition and fees each year.

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Out of the 179 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public college with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at SIUE are $9,176 a year.

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Out of the 179 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Northern Illinois University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at NIU are $11,280 a year. The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at NIU take out while working on their Master's Degree is $23,291.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. USF Tampa is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tampa.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at USF Tampa are $21,126 per year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, USF Tampa also is in the top 10% of our Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking.

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With a ranking of #7, University of Nebraska at Omaha did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer science students working on their master’s degree. UNOMAHA is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Omaha.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at UNOMAHA are $16,020 a year.

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Lewis University

Romeoville, IL

Lewis University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Romeoville, Lewis is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Lewis are $14,550 a year.

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Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

Saint Cloud State University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree computer science programs. St. Cloud State University is a large public school located in the city of Saint Cloud.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at St. Cloud State University are $12,446 per year.

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With a ranking of #10, Missouri State University - Springfield did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer science students working on their master’s degree. Missouri State is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Springfield.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Missouri State are $11,524 a year.

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Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

Rowan University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Value Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Glassboro, Rowan is a public college with a large student population.

Rowan graduate students pay an average of $15,787 in tuition and fees each year.

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#12

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree computer science programs. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca.

Cornell graduate students pay an average of $30,022 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Cornell take out while working on their Master's Degree is $33,364. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $346.

Cornell excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools list.

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With a ranking of #13, University of Central Arkansas did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer science students working on their master’s degree. UCA is a large public school located in the small city of Conway.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at UCA are $11,558 a year.

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Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA

Bridgewater State University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Bridgewater, Bridgewater State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Bridgewater State are $11,397 per year.

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With a ranking of #15, University of California - Berkeley did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer science students working on their master’s degree. UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Berkeley.

UC Berkeley graduate students pay an average of $29,289 in tuition and fees each year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UC Berkeley also is in the top 5% of our Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking.

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University of Akron Main Campus ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools list. University of Akron Main Campus is a large public school located in the city of Akron.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at University of Akron Main Campus are $15,217 a year.

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Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Bradley University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Bradley is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Peoria.

Bradley graduate students pay an average of $16,660 in tuition and fees each year.

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University of California - San Diego did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer science students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #18 on the list. Located in the large city of La Jolla, UCSD is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at UCSD are $28,557 per year. On average, compsci graduates from UCSD take out $29,967 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $263, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

In addition to its great value ranking, UCSD is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools list.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Worcester, WPI is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at WPI are $28,248 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, WPI is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools list.

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North Carolina State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer science students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list. NC State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Raleigh.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at NC State are $28,999 per year. After completing their Master's Degree, compsci graduates from NC State carry an average student debtload of $32,243.

NC State excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools list.

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Michigan Technological University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the town of Houghton, Michigan Tech is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Michigan Tech are $20,759 a year.

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree computer science programs. Located in the large city of Greensboro, UNC Greensboro is a public college with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at UNC Greensboro are $21,918 a year.

UNC Greensboro also claimed a spot on our Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#22

National University

La Jolla, CA

With a ranking of #22, National University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer science students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large city of La Jolla, National University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at National University are $15,480 per year. On average, compsci graduates from National University take out $28,160 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $332.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer science students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #24 on the list. UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign.

UIUC graduate students pay an average of $31,490 in tuition and fees each year.

UIUC excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools list.

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Seattle University

Seattle, WA

With a ranking of #25, Seattle University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer science students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large city of Seattle, Seattle U is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Seattle U are $20,105 a year.

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Rest of the Top Best Value Computer Science Master's Degree Schools

#26

Towson University

Towson, MD

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Computer Science Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
27 Stanford University Stanford, CA
28 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
29 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
30 California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA
31 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
31 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
33 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
34 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
34 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA

Computer Science by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Computer Science is one of 10 different types of computer science programs to choose from.

CompSci Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Computer Science 47,906

Majors Similar to CompSci

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
Information Technology 33,399
Information Science 17,779
Computer Systems Networking 14,055
Computer Software & Applications 12,793

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Negative Space.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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