Best Schools with Computer Networking Programs: List of Top Schools

Learn about good schools where you can enroll in a computer networking program. See what sets top schools apart and find out more about the degree options they offer to decide if one of these schools is right for you.

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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. Keep reading to learn about some of the best schools offering computer networking programs - these schools were named to the top of the list for computer science by U.S. News & World Report and have also earned accolades from The Princeton Review.

1. Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

School Highlight: Tied for rank of #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of best schools offering graduate computer science programs in 2015.

The Princeton Review called Carnegie Mellon University one of the best colleges in the 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.

2. University of California-Berkeley

School Highlight: This school also shared a rank of #1 on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 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, bioelectronics and communications.

Top Computer Networking Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Brown University Hosts the Center for Computation and Visualization, the Virtual Reality Cave, open-plan spaces for fostering collaboration and a separate computing infrastructure Providence, RI
Cornell University Computer science faculty research areas include six subfields within systems and networking Ithaca, NY
Georgia Institute of Technology Hosts the Georgia Tech Network Operations and Internet Security Group Atlanta, GA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Tied for rank of #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of best grad schools offering computer science programs in 2015 Cambridge, MA
Stanford University Shared rank of #1 on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of best graduate schools offering computer science programs Stanford, CA
University of California-San Diego Hosts a systems and networking group dedicated to theory and research La Jolla, CA
University of Maryland-College Park Home to the Maryland Center for Women in Computing College Park, MD
University of Pennsylvania In addition to PC and Linux labs, the school hosts a virtual PC lab for remote use Philadelphia, PA
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