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2021 Best Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools

627 Schools Ranked
$16,505 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$11,735 Avg Student Debt

With all the computer science programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools and bootcamp 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 Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. This report analyzed 627 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best undergraduate certificate programs for computer science students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school us, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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Top Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the United States

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48 Total Awards
$7,980 Average Tuition & Fees
$25,428 Avg Student Debt

Our analysis found University of Nebraska at Omaha to be the best school for computer science students who want to pursue a undergraduate certificate in the United States. UNOMAHA is located in Omaha, Nebraska and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 48 undergraduate certificates to qualified students.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at UNOMAHA is $7,980. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $21,244. Undergraduate Certificate recipients from UNOMAHA accumulate an average of $25,428 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Some students may be able to take online classes at UNOMAHA. In 2017-2018 about 49% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#2

Asher College

Sacramento, California
82 Total Awards
$8,854 Avg Student Debt

The excellent undergraduate certificate programs at Asher College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best computer science schools in the United States. Located in Sacramento, California, the very small private for-profit school awarded 82 diplomas to qualifed undergraduate certificate students in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their undergraduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $8,854 in student loans.

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#3

PC AGE-Metropark

Iselin, New Jersey
91 Total Awards
$11,807 Avg Student Debt

The excellent undergraduate certificate programs at PC AGE-Metropark helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best computer science schools in the United States. PC AGE-Metropark is a very small private for-profit school located in Iselin, New Jersey that handed out 91 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their undergraduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $11,807 in student loans.

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#4

P C Age-Jersey City

Jersey City, New Jersey
141 Total Awards
$11,807 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend P C Age-Jersey City. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. P C Age-Jersey City is a private for-profit institution located in Jersey City, New Jersey. The school has a very small population, and it awarded 141 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Undergraduate Certificate recipients from P C Age-Jersey City accumulate an average of $11,807 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

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#5

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania
59 Total Awards
$13,988 Average Tuition & Fees
$23,696 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 124 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Pennsylvania State University - World Campus landed the # 5 spot on the list. Penn State World Campus is located in University Park, Pennsylvania and has a very small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 59 undergraduate certificates to qualified students.

If you want to attend Penn State World Campus, expect to pay an average of $13,988 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their undergraduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $23,696 in student loans.

Penn State World Campus is one of the schools on our list that is primarily online. Each undergraduate student at the school took at least one class online.

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#6

Unitek College

Fremont, California
1,057 Total Awards
$35,284 Average Tuition & Fees
$10,965 Avg Student Debt

Unitek College landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate computer science programs. Unitek College is a small private for-profit school situated in Fremont, California. It awarded 1,057 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend Unitek College, expect to pay an average of $35,284 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, undergraduate certificate students take out $10,965 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Online courses are available at Unitek College, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 8% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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437 Total Awards
$7,560 Average Tuition & Fees
$19,971 Avg Student Debt

University of Maryland - University College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. University of Maryland - University College is located in Adelphi, Maryland and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 437 undergraduate certificates to qualified students.

In-state students pay an average of $7,560 in tuition and fees if they attend University of Maryland - University College full time. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $12,336. Undergraduate Certificate recipients from University of Maryland - University College accumulate an average of $19,971 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

University of Maryland - University College does offer online classes for certain degree levels. In 2017-2018 about 90% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#8

California Technical Academy

Riverside, California
148 Total Awards
$6,827 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #8, California Technical Academy did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their undergraduate certificate. Riverside, California is the setting for this very small institution of higher learning. The private for-profit school handed out undergraduate certificates to 148 students in 2018-2019.

On average, undergraduate certificate students take out $6,827 in loans while pursuing their degree.

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#9

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
140 Total Awards
$18,450 Average Tuition & Fees
$22,146 Avg Student Debt

Pennsylvania State University - University Park ranked #9 on this year’s Best Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. University Park, Pennsylvania is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out undergraduate certificates to 140 students in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $18,450 in tuition and fees if they attend Penn State University Park full time. Out-of-state students pay an average of $35,514. By the time they get their undergraduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $22,146 in student loans.

One thing to take note of is that Penn State University Park does offer online classes in some areas. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 32% took at least some of their classes online.

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#10

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
10 Total Awards
$56,058 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #10, Georgetown University did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their undergraduate certificate. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Washington, District of Columbia, and it awarded 10 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $56,058 to cover tuition and fees at Georgetown. The school does not offer an in-state discount.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Georgetown does offer online classes for certain majors. In fact, around 1% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#11

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
366 Total Awards
$55,892 Average Tuition & Fees

Boston University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer science students to get an undergraduate certificate. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 366 undergraduate certificate awards in 2018-2019.

Boston U does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $55,892. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid.

Boston U does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In fact, around 1% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#12

Pennsylvania State University - Altoona

Altoona, Pennsylvania
12 Total Awards
$15,206 Average Tuition & Fees
$22,578 Avg Student Debt

Pennsylvania State University - Altoona did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer science students to get an undergraduate certificate. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the very small public school handed out 12 undergraduate certificate awards in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $15,206 in tuition and fees if they attend Penn State Altoona full time. Out-of-state students pay an average of $24,916. By the time they get their undergraduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $22,578 in student loans.

Penn State Altoona does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In fact, around 3% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#13

Pennsylvania State University - Berks

Reading, Pennsylvania
10 Total Awards
$15,206 Average Tuition & Fees
$24,041 Avg Student Debt

Pennsylvania State University - Berks landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate computer science programs. Located in Reading, Pennsylvania, the very small public school awarded 10 diplomas to qualifed undergraduate certificate students in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Pennsylvania pay an average of $15,206 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Penn State Berks. Out-of-state students pay an average of $24,916. Undergraduate Certificate recipients from Penn State Berks accumulate an average of $24,041 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Penn State Berks does offer online classes for certain majors. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 28% took at least some of their classes online.

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#14

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, Georgia
563 Total Awards
$3,236 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,134 Avg Student Debt

Gwinnett Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer science students to get an undergraduate certificate. It came in at #14 on the list. Lawrenceville, Georgia is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out undergraduate certificates to 563 students in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $3,236 in tuition and fees if they attend GTC full time. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $5,636. By the time they get their undergraduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $14,134 in student loans.

GTC does offer online classes for certain degree levels. In fact, around 36% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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1 Total Awards
$14,476 Average Tuition & Fees
$30,052 Avg Student Debt

Pennsylvania State University - Brandywine came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. Media, Pennsylvania is the setting for this very small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out undergraduate certificates to 1 students in 2018-2019.

Students from Pennsylvania who attend Penn State Brandywine full time pay an average of $14,476 in tuition and fees. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $23,466. Undergraduate Certificate recipients from Penn State Brandywine accumulate an average of $30,052 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Penn State Brandywine does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In fact, around 22% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#16

Lincoln Technical Institute-Paramus

Paramus, New Jersey
312 Total Awards
$10,648 Avg Student Debt

Lincoln Technical Institute-Paramus ranked #16 on this year’s Best Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Lincoln Technical Institute-Paramus is a very small private for-profit school located in Paramus, New Jersey that handed out 312 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Undergraduate Certificate recipients from Lincoln Tech accumulate an average of $10,648 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

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#17

Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg

Middletown, Pennsylvania
12 Total Awards
$15,206 Average Tuition & Fees
$26,264 Avg Student Debt

Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer science students to get an undergraduate certificate. It came in at #17 on the list. Penn State Harrisburg is located in Middletown, Pennsylvania and has a very small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 12 undergraduate certificates to qualified students.

Full-time students from Pennsylvania pay an average of $15,206 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Penn State Harrisburg. Out-of-state students pay an average of $24,916. Undergraduate Certificate recipients from Penn State Harrisburg accumulate an average of $26,264 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Some students may be able to take online classes at Penn State Harrisburg. During the 2017-2018 year, about 13% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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99 Total Awards
$12,028 Average Tuition & Fees
$19,964 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #18, University of Maryland - Baltimore County did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their undergraduate certificate. UMBC is a fairly large public school situated in Baltimore, Maryland. It awarded 99 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at UMBC is $12,028. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $27,662. By the time they get their undergraduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $19,964 in student loans.

One thing to take note of is that UMBC does offer online classes in some areas. During the 2017-2018 year, about 6% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#19

Charter College

Vancouver, Washington
1,563 Total Awards
$18,161 Average Tuition & Fees
$13,577 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #19, Charter College did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their undergraduate certificate. Charter College is a small private for-profit school located in Vancouver, Washington that handed out 1,563 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Charter College is $18,161. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. On average, undergraduate certificate students take out $13,577 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Some students may be able to take online classes at Charter College. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 94% took at least some of their classes online.

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#20

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
441 Total Awards
$5,380 Average Tuition & Fees
$16,910 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #20, Kirkwood Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their undergraduate certificate. Kirkwood Community College is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 441 undergraduate certificates to qualified students.

In-state students pay an average of $5,380 in tuition and fees if they attend Kirkwood Community College full time. Out-of-state students pay an average of $6,970. On average, undergraduate certificate students take out $16,910 in loans while pursuing their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Kirkwood Community College. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 34% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#21

Lincoln Technical Institute-Iselin

Iselin, New Jersey
256 Total Awards
$11,867 Avg Student Debt

Lincoln Technical Institute-Iselin did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer science students to get an undergraduate certificate. It came in at #21 on the list. Lincoln Technical Institute-Iselin is a private for-profit institution located in Iselin, New Jersey. The school has a very small population, and it awarded 256 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their undergraduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $11,867 in student loans.

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373 Total Awards
$4,800 Average Tuition & Fees
$10,902 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #22, Des Moines Area Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their undergraduate certificate. DMACC is a large public school situated in Ankeny, Iowa. It awarded 373 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at DMACC is $4,800. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $9,600. Undergraduate Certificate recipients from DMACC accumulate an average of $10,902 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since DMACC does offer online classes for certain majors. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 30% took at least some of their classes online.

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#23

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
981 Total Awards
$4,658 Average Tuition & Fees
$11,704 Avg Student Debt

Milwaukee Area Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer science students to get an undergraduate certificate. It came in at #23 on the list. MATC is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 981 undergraduate certificates to qualified students.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at MATC is $4,658. Out-of-state students pay an average of $6,706. By the time they get their undergraduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $11,704 in student loans.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at MATC. In fact, around 28% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#24

Moraine Park Technical College

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
340 Total Awards
$4,440 Average Tuition & Fees
$9,042 Avg Student Debt

Moraine Park Technical College ranked #24 on this year’s Best Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Moraine Park Technical College is a small public school situated in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. It awarded 340 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Students from Wisconsin who attend Moraine Park Technical College full time pay an average of $4,440 in tuition and fees. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $5,885. By the time they get their undergraduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $9,042 in student loans.

Moraine Park Technical College does offer online classes for certain degree levels. In fact, around 33% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#25

Century College

White Bear Lake, Minnesota
281 Total Awards
$5,578 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,832 Avg Student Debt

Century College landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate computer science programs. Located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, the medium-sized public school handed out 281 undergraduate certificate awards in 2018-2019.

Century College does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $5,578. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, undergraduate certificate students take out $14,832 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at Century College. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 40% took at least some of their classes online.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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 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).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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