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Top School in Memphis for a Computer Science Degree

Students interested in studying computer science in Memphis have a few schools to choose from. Read about the top school's degree programs, ranking and tuition info to help you decide if it's the right school for you.

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School and Ranking Information

Memphis has a handful of schools that offer programs in the field, with the most common type being 4-year private not-for-profit institutions. Based on school type, rankings and program offerings, the following school is considered one of the top schools in the area for studying computer science:

  • Winner: University of Memphis is the only 4-year public school that has educational programs to offer in the field of study. This institution offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science.

School Info Chart

Category University of Memphis
Ranking University tied at #204 based on high school counselor rankings for schools with best undergraduate education (2014)*
Location Memphis, TN
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $8,312 (in-state), $23,024 (out-of-state)**
Computer Science Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate
Computer Science Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 35**
Most Popular Computer Science Degree Level in 2012-2013 Master's (19 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 43%**
Noteworthy U of M offers a chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery for students' involvement***

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of Memphis website

University of Memphis

  • This undergraduate computer science program is accredited by ABET's (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) Computing Accreditation Commission
  • The computer science department has more than 10 different research groups, including ones that focus on software systems and cognitive computing
  • The Department of Computer Science has scholarship opportunities available for undergraduates

As of fall 2013, University of Memphis had over 21,000 students pursuing degrees, including nearly 4,200 graduate students, and they were able to benefit from a low student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The university states that it offers around 350 areas of study between its 12 colleges and schools. The institution's Department of Computer Science offers the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and PhD in Computer Science degree programs.

The department's bachelor's degree program is a total of 120 credits and includes courses on architecture and software engineering in addition to a capstone project. Students in the master's program take courses on algorithms and operating systems and have the choice between a thesis or a project. The department also offers an accelerated BS and MS program for computer science undergrads who have at least a 3.25 GPA. Some options for courses in the PhD program include network design and information retrieval.

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