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2021 Most Popular Computer Science Doctor's Degree Schools

195 Schools Ranked
$99,654 Avg Student Debt

A computer science student has lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. 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. Also, there are a number of trade schools and bootcamps with offerings that you might find attractive.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Computer Science Degree Search has developed this Most Popular Computer Science Doctor's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 195 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular doctor's degree programs for computer science students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from each school on the list.

Learn more about these popular schools below:

#1

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
64 Total Awards
$45,909 Average Tuition & Fees

Our 2021 rankings named Carnegie Mellon University the most popular school in the United States for computer science students working on their doctor’s degree. Carnegie Mellon University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that handed out 64 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 14% of those degree recipients were women.

Online graduate courses are available at Carnegie Mellon, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In 2017-2018 about 11% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#2

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
57 Total Awards
$15,233 Average Tuition & Fees
$105,034 Avg Student Debt

The excellent doctor’s degree programs at Capella University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular computer science schools in the United States. Minneapolis, Minnesota is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private for-profit school handed out doctor’s degrees to 57 students in 2018-2019.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $105,034 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 28% of those degree recipients were women.

Interested in an online degree? Then you definitely want to check out Capella University. Every graduate student at the school took at least one class online.

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55 Total Awards
$16,088 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 195 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the large public school handed out 55 doctor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

Of those students who received their degree, 22% were women.

Georgia Tech does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In 2017-2018 about 57% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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53 Total Awards
$14,321 Average Tuition & Fees
$78,840 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you attend Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 53 doctor’s degrees to qualified students.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $78,840 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 21% were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 97% took at least some of their classes online.

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#5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts
52 Total Awards
$57,059 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 195 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Massachusetts Institute of Technology landed the # 5 spot on the list. MIT is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 52 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of those students who received their degree, 15% were women.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at MIT. In fact, around 1% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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51 Total Awards
$18,083 Average Tuition & Fees
$95,549 Avg Student Debt

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Doctor’s Degree Schools list. UIUC is a public institution located in Champaign, Illinois. The school has a large population, and it awarded 51 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from UIUC accumulate an average of $95,549 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 25% were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at UIUC. In fact, around 33% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#7

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
48 Total Awards
$47,107 Average Tuition & Fees
$187,765 Avg Student Debt

University of Southern California ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Doctor’s Degree Schools list. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Los Angeles, California, and it awarded 48 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $187,765 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 19% were women.

USC does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. In 2017-2018 about 29% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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44 Total Awards
$19,293 Average Tuition & Fees
$96,275 Avg Student Debt

University of Washington - Seattle Campus came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in Seattle, Washington, the large public school awarded 44 diplomas to qualifed doctor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from UW Seattle accumulate an average of $96,275 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 30% of those degree recipients were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since UW Seattle does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. In 2017-2018 about 7% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#9

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California
43 Total Awards
$14,187 Average Tuition & Fees
$71,454 Avg Student Debt

University of California - Berkeley came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. University of California - Berkeley is a large public school located in Berkeley, California that handed out 43 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from UC Berkeley accumulate an average of $71,454 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 23% of those degree recipients were women.

UC Berkeley does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. During the 2017-2018 year, about 9% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#10

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
41 Total Awards
$22,994 Average Tuition & Fees
$77,026 Avg Student Debt

Pennsylvania State University - University Park did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. University Park, Pennsylvania is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out doctor’s degrees to 41 students in 2018-2019.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $77,026 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 22% of those degree recipients were women.

Online graduate courses are available at Penn State University Park, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In 2017-2018 about 5% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#10

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
41 Total Awards
$21,206 Average Tuition & Fees
$166,771 Avg Student Debt

Nova Southeastern University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree computer science programs. NUS Florida is a private not-for-profit institution located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 41 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $166,771 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 27% were women.

NUS Florida does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. During the 2017-2018 year, about 49% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#12

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
37 Total Awards
$14,793 Average Tuition & Fees
$63,759 Avg Student Debt

University of Maryland - College Park came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. UMCP is located in College Park, Maryland and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 37 doctor’s degrees to qualified students.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $63,759 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 22% of those degree recipients were women.

One thing to take note of is that UMCP does offer online graduate classes in some areas. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 17% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#13

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
34 Total Awards
$10,873 Average Tuition & Fees
$72,844 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #13, Indiana University - Bloomington did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their doctor’s degree. Bloomington, Indiana is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out doctor’s degrees to 34 students in 2018-2019.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from IU Bloomington accumulate an average of $72,844 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 21% were women.

IU Bloomington does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. In 2017-2018 about 30% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#14

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
32 Total Awards
$7,788 Average Tuition & Fees
$49,297 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #14, University of North Texas did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in Denton, Texas, the large public school awarded 32 diplomas to qualifed doctor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $49,297 in student loans. Around 47% of those degree recipients were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at UNT. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 43% took at least some of their classes online.

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#15

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California
31 Total Awards
$13,349 Average Tuition & Fees
$71,898 Avg Student Debt

University of California - Irvine came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. University of California - Irvine is a large public school located in Irvine, California that handed out 31 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $71,898 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 16% of those degree recipients were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since UC Irvine does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 4% took at least some of their classes online.

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#15

Stanford University

Stanford, California
31 Total Awards
$53,151 Average Tuition & Fees
$70,501 Avg Student Debt

Stanford University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree computer science programs. Stanford is located in Stanford, California and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 31 doctor’s degrees to qualified students.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $70,501 in student loans. Around 19% of those degree recipients were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Stanford does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. In 2017-2018 about 9% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#15

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
31 Total Awards
$14,130 Average Tuition & Fees
$77,656 Avg Student Debt

University at Buffalo landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree computer science programs. University at Buffalo is a large public school situated in Buffalo, New York. It awarded 31 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $77,656 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 16% of those degree recipients were women.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at University at Buffalo. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 17% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#15

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
31 Total Awards
$12,953 Average Tuition & Fees
$73,774 Avg Student Debt

University of California - Los Angeles landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree computer science programs. University of California - Los Angeles is a large public school located in Los Angeles, California that handed out 31 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from UCLA accumulate an average of $73,774 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 19% of those degree recipients were women.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at UCLA. In fact, around 3% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#19

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
30 Total Awards
$11,673 Average Tuition & Fees
$75,153 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #19, North Carolina State University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their doctor’s degree. This large public school is located in Raleigh, North Carolina, and it awarded 30 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $75,153 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 13% of those degree recipients were women.

NC State does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In fact, around 32% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#20

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
29 Total Awards
$19,221 Average Tuition & Fees
$129,822 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #20, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the large public school handed out 29 doctor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from UMN Twin Cities accumulate an average of $129,822 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 24% of those degree recipients were women.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at UMN Twin Cities. In 2017-2018 about 15% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#21

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey
28 Total Awards
$53,770 Average Tuition & Fees

Princeton University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Princeton, New Jersey, and it awarded 28 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of those students who received their degree, 21% were women.

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#22

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana
26 Total Awards
$9,992 Average Tuition & Fees
$86,499 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #22, Purdue University - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in West Lafayette, Indiana, the large public school awarded 26 diplomas to qualifed doctor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Purdue accumulate an average of $86,499 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 23% were women.

Purdue does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. During the 2017-2018 year, about 24% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#23

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
25 Total Awards
$13,455 Average Tuition & Fees
$65,966 Avg Student Debt

University of California - San Diego did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. Located in La Jolla, California, the large public school handed out 25 doctor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from UCSD accumulate an average of $65,966 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 8% of those degree recipients were women.

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25 Total Awards
$12,608 Average Tuition & Fees
$70,722 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #23, Arizona State University - Tempe did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in Tempe, Arizona, the large public school awarded 25 diplomas to qualifed doctor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $70,722 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 40% were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at ASU - Tempe. In fact, around 10% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#25

University of California - Davis

Davis, California
24 Total Awards
$13,598 Average Tuition & Fees
$67,676 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #25, University of California - Davis did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their doctor’s degree. Davis, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out doctor’s degrees to 24 students in 2018-2019.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $67,676 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 12% of those degree recipients were women.

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Not only did these schools make the top 30 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#27

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
#27

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
#27

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts
#27

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our most popular computer science schools ranking:

Rank School Location
32 New York University New York, NY
32 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
32 Capitol Technology University Laurel, MD
35 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
35 University of California - Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
35 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
35 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
35 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
40 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
40 Harvard University Cambridge, MA
40 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
40 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
40 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
40 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD

Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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