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Schools with Computer Technology Programs: How to Choose

Schools with computer technology programs provide hands-on education that combines hardware and software, data communication, security and analysis of computer systems. Academic options include undergraduate and graduate degree programs with varied computer technology and computer engineering specialties.

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Computer technology programs can be found at vocational schools, community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities. It is common for computer technology schools to offer both undergraduate and graduate degree options in the same subjects in order to allow a continuous lineage of study within a school.

Schools With Computer Technology Programs

These schools offer computer technology programs at varying levels.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*
Central Texas College Killeen, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,280 in-district, $2,940 in-state, $6,420 out-of-state
College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL 2-year, Public Associate's $5,275 in-district, $10,885 in-state, $12,985 out-of-state
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $4,831 in-state, $17,276 out-of-state
Montgomery College Rockville, MD 2-year, Public Associate's $4,728 in-district, $9,156 in-state, $12,432 out-of-state
Nassau Community College Garden City, NY 2-year, Public Associate's $4,854 in-state, $9,388 out-of-state
Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI 2-year, Public Certificate $2,745 in-district, $5,235 in-state, $7,305 out-of-state
South Texas College McAllen, TX 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Bachelor's $3,486 in-district, $3,770 in-state, $4,440 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

Prospective students may take these things into considerations when choosing a program:

  • Schools that specialize in associate's degree programs teach coursework that can be used to transfer into advanced education options at other learning institutions.
  • While technical schools offer hands-on instruction that gives students knowledge for entry-level careers, there are a variety of education options for undergraduate and advanced degree programs.
  • Programs may offer courses both on campus and online, with some schools combining courses in both learning options.
  • Students may be interested in computer technology programs that provide them with internship opportunities at major corporations and state government agencies.

Associate of Applied Science in Computer Technology

These 2-year degree programs focus on giving students an overview of computing technologies that can serve as a backbone to entry-level positions, such as computer technician. Courses focus on networking technologies, computer software applications, routing styles, multimedia and Internet technologies.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

These 4-year computer engineering degree programs combine heavy doses of mathematics and physics with computer technology. Internship opportunities may be available.

Master of Science in Computer Science

Master's degree programs are typically two years long and provide project or thesis track options. Seminars are often required, in addition to common courses such as advanced computer networks, database and operating systems, data mining and software engineering.

Students who are interested in computer technology programs should look for schools that offer hands-on instruction that will prepare them for their future careers. Other considerations may include the availability of distance learning, internships, or additional certifications.

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