Top School in Reno for a Computer Science Degree

Jul 13, 2020

School and Ranking Information

The few schools that have computer science degrees within a 50-mile radius of Reno, NV, include only one public institution that offers multiple program levels in this field. Based on school type, student services and program offerings, the following school is considered a top school in Reno for computer science degrees:

  • Winner: The only school in area that offers higher than a bachelor's degree in the field is the University of Nevada - Reno. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science.

School Info Chart

Category University of Nevada - Reno
Rankings Tied for #240 for National Universities (2020)*
Location Reno, NV
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2019-2020) $8,034 (in-state), $23,086 (out-of-state)**
Computer Science Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate
Computer Science Degrees Awarded (Excluding Ph.D.) in 2018-2019 98**
Most Popular Computer Science Degree Level in 2018-2019 Bachelor's (87 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2013 Entering Class 61%**
Noteworthy The university offers students the opportunity to join the Association for Computing Machinery***

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of Nevada - Reno

University of Nevada - Reno

  • The computer science undergraduate program is accredited by ABET
  • The Department of Computer Science and Engineering has a total of 23 faculty members
  • Faculty research areas include robotics, simulation and software systems

The University of Nevada - Reno was founded in 1874. It has an enrollment of almost 21,500 students and more than 1103 faculty members. Over 90% of faculty members have earned the most advanced degree in their discipline. The university has nine colleges and schools, including the College of Engineering.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is housed within the College of Engineering. The degree offerings in computer science include a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering requires the completion of 125 credit hours, including general education courses, a core curriculum and either a specialization or technical electives option. Required computer science courses include engineering design, circuits, software engineering and programming language. The Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering gives students the choice of 1 two plans: plan A requires a thesis and consists of 31 total credits, and plan B calls for 36 credits and consists purely of coursework. The Ph.D. program requires 72 credits past the bachelor's degree. Doctoral students take 30 credits of courses and the dissertation accounts for a total of 24 credits. Some courses cover the areas of machine intelligence, operating systems and networks.

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