School and Ranking Information
At least 9 schools near Fort Lauderdale have programs related to computer networking. Most of the schools primarily offer certificates and associate degrees, but our top pick in the area for computer networking has a wide range of program offerings. Based on available programs, the following school is the top school in the area to study computer networking:
- Winner : Nova Southeastern University is a large, private university. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security recognized Nova Southeastern University as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. The school offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctorates related to computer networking.
School Info Chart
|Category||Nova Southeastern University|
|Rankings||#268 in High School Counselor Rankings*|
|Location||Fort Lauderdale, FL|
|School Type||4-year, private|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||$26,700*|
|Computer Networking-Related Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate**|
|Computer Networking-Related Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||130**|
|Most Popular Computer Networking-Related Degree Level in 2013||Master's**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||40%**|
|Noteworthy||Computer Science program stresses practical work: lab experience is considered essential to all courses***|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Nova Southeastern University
Nova Southeastern University
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program accepts a voluntary internship as 12 credit hours
- Minors are available in information technology and information security/assurance for computer majors
- The Computer Science program adheres to a curriculum recommended by the Association for Computing Machinery
Nova Southeastern University was home to more than 25,000 students annually as of 2013. The Farquhar College of Arts and Science houses the school's programs related to computer networking. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Science, a B.S. in Computer Information Systems, a M.S in Information Technology, an M.S. in Information Security, or a Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science or Information Assurance, all of which include networking courses.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program combines laboratory experience and coursework. Individuals complete prerequisite courses in subjects like calculus, physics and statistics before entering the major program; they then take core courses discussing discrete mathematics, programming, data structures, computer architecture, operating systems and networks.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems program features subjects like computer programming, database systems, software engineering, management, Web programming and networks. Elective courses address information security, data processing, multimedia design or network security. There is also an internship opportunity.
The Master of Science in Computer Science is a 36-credit-hour program that can be completed in as little as one year by full-time students or in two years on a part-time schedule. Core coursework includes computation theory, programming languages, database management, distributed systems and computer networks.
The Master of Science in Information Technology is also a 36-credit-hour program. Students are required to take a network technology course as part of their core courses. The course covers topics such as virtual machines and the components of all computer networks. Students can take classes online or onsite.
The Master of Science in Information Security is a 36-credit-hour program recognized by the National Security Agency. Core courses include database security, network security, computer systems and computer networks; there is also an information security project component to the curriculum.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Information Assurance is a 64-credit-hour intensive program of mainly self-directed study. Students are encouraged to conduct thorough research programs in areas such as information assurance and network security. Half of students' credit hours must be spent on their dissertation. Similarly, the Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science allows students to conduct a comprehensive investigation into all areas of knowledge relating to computer science. Students are required to take a data communications and networking core course, which can be used as a starting point for independent research.