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Best Schools with Computer Networking Programs: List of Top Schools

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Top Computer Networking Schools

Computer networking professionals manage the communications between computer systems and devices. Many computer networking skills are learned through computer science degree programs, but specializations and majors are sometimes available that are geared towards computer networking.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Systems Analysis
  • Data Entry Processing
  • Information Technology Management
  • Networking and Telecommunications
  • Software and Computer Media Applications

School Overviews

Students looking to gain computer networking skills can find courses related to computer networking through many highly-ranked computer science programs at some of the top schools in the nation. These schools were listed as having top computer science programs by U.S. News & World Report and have also earned accolades from The Princeton Review.

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, tied for the #1 ranking on U.S. News & World Report's list of best schools offering graduate computer science programs in 2014. The Princeton Review called Carnegie Mellon University one of the best colleges in the northeastern region.

The school's graduate programs offer professional and research tracks, allowing students to pursue an education that suits their interests. In addition to computer science majors, students interested in computer networking can pursue a Master of Science in Information Networking. Classes offered include computer networks, embedded systems fundamentals, fundamentals of telecommunications, packet switching, operating system design, and distributed systems.

University of California-Berkeley

University of California-Berkeley in Berkeley, CA, also shared a rank of #1 on U.S. News & World Report's 2014 list of best graduate schools offering computer science programs. The Berkley campus of the University of California was ranked as the 20th-best university in the nation overall. This school was referred to as one of the best Western colleges by The Princeton Review.

The electrical and computer engineering program here offers a communications, networks, and systems option at the undergraduate level. This program features a mixture of theory and practical work. Students can research topics like security, implementation, networking design, wireless networks, and information coding. Classes cover topics like circuitry, systems design, bioelectrics, and communications.

Brown University

Brown University in Providence, RI, hosts the Center for Computation and Visualization and the Virtual Reality Cave, along with open plan spaces for fostering collaboration. Brown University is the 14th-best university in the country with the 20th-best computer science graduate program, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2014 listings. It has been lauded by The Princeton Review as a top northeastern college in 2016.

Students can enroll in a bachelor's degree in computer science, with concentrations available in applied math-computer science, computational biology, computer science, computer science-economics, and math-computer science. Master's degrees in the field are common, featuring thesis and non-thesis tracks taught by faculty with many years of experience working within the industry. PhD programs are also available. In addition to full degree programs, Brown offers introductory courses in computer networking that students can take as electives.

Other Top Networking Programs

Other top schools in computer networking include:

School Name Location Distinction
Cornell University Ithaca, NY Computer science faculty research areas include six subfields within systems and networking
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA Hosts the Georgia Tech Network Operations and Internet Security Group
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA Tied for rank of #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of best graduate schools offering computer science programs in 2014
Stanford University Stanford, CA Shared the rank of #1 on U.S. News & World Report's 2014 list of best graduate schools offering computer science programs
University of California-San Diego La Jolla, CA Hosts a systems and networking group dedicated to theory and research
University of Maryland-College Park College Park, MD Home to the Maryland Center for Women in Computing
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA In addition to PC and Linux labs, the school hosts a virtual PC lab for remote use

There are many top schools offering degrees in a computer networking field, from bachelor's to doctorates. Three such schools are Carnegie Mellon University, the University of California-Berkeley, and Brown University.

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