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2021 Best Value Information Science Master's Degree Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

106 Colleges
$22,463 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$74,358 Avg Salary

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

With 17,779 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, information science is the #4 most popular major in the United States.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for computer science students. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Computer Science Degree Search has created its Best Value Information Science Master's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 106 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value master's degree programs for IS 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. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

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

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

Top 15% Best Information Science Master's Degree Schools

#1

Stevenson University

Stevenson, MD

Our analysis found Stevenson University to be the best value school for information science students who want to pursue a master’s degree in the United States. Located in the rural area of Stevenson, Stevenson is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Stevenson are $8,040 a year. On average, IS graduates from Stevenson take out $33,377 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 $353.

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#2

Norwich University

Northfield, VT

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Norwich University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value Information Science Master’s Degree Schools list. Norwich is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Northfield.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Norwich are $19,554 a year. The average amount in student loans that IS majors at Norwich take out while working on their Master's Degree is $37,415. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $417, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Out of the 106 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Texas Tech University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public college with a very large student population.

Texas Tech graduate students pay an average of $15,651 in tuition and fees each year.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Maryland Global Campus. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Information Science Master’s Degree Schools list. UMGC is a very large public school located in the suburb of Adelphi.

UMGC graduate students pay an average of $12,132 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Master's Degree, IS majors at UMGC accumulate an average of around $43,573 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $478.

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#5

Dakota State University

Madison, SD

The excellent master’s degree programs at Dakota State University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best value information science schools in the United States. Dakota State is a small public school located in the distant town of Madison.

Dakota State graduate students pay an average of $11,809 in tuition and fees each year.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Omaha, UNOMAHA is a public college with a large student population.

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

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University of South Florida - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for information science students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the large city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at USF Tampa are $21,126 a year.

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

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With a ranking of #8, Pennsylvania State University - World Campus did quite well on this year’s best value schools for information science students working on their master’s degree. Penn State World Campus is a small public school located in the rural area of University Park.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Penn State World Campus are $22,186 a year. While working on their Master's Degree, IS majors at Penn State World Campus accumulate an average of around $44,955 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $477.

Penn State World Campus excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Information Science Master’s Degree Schools list.

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#9

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE

With a ranking of #9, Bellevue University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for information science students working on their master’s degree. Bellevue University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Bellevue.

Bellevue University graduate students pay an average of $11,205 in tuition and fees each year. IS majors at Bellevue University take out an average of $44,112 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 $415.

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University of California - Berkeley ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value Information Science Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at UC Berkeley are $29,289 a year. On average, IS graduates from UC Berkeley take out $52,312 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 $628.

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

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#11

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Northeastern are $25,085 per year. On average, IS graduates from Northeastern take out $39,743 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

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

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University of Akron Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for information science students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Akron, University of Akron Main Campus is a public school with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at University of Akron Main Campus are $15,217 per year.

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#13

Murray State University

Murray, KY

Murray State University landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree information science programs. Murray State is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Murray.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Murray State are $14,400 per year.

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#14

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Bradley University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Peoria, Bradley is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Bradley are $16,660 per year.

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Texas A&M University - College Station came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Texas A&M College Station is a very large public school located in the midsize city of College Station.

Texas A&M College Station graduate students pay an average of $22,196 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Master's Degree, IS majors at Texas A&M College Station accumulate an average of around $17,280 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $198, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

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 Information Science Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
16 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Middletown, PA
17 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
18 DePaul University Chicago, IL
19 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
20 Pennsylvania State University - Great Valley Malvern, PA
21 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO

Information Science by Region

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

One of 10 majors within the computer science area of study, information science has other similar majors worth exploring.

IS Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Information Science 17,779

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
Computer Science 47,906
Information Technology 33,399
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 The Opte Project.

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