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
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.