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Top School in Baltimore for a Computer Security Degree

Students interested in studying computer security in Baltimore, MD, have only a couple of schools from which to choose. Read about the top school's degree programs, tuition and ranking info to decide if it's right for you.

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School and Ranking Information

The majority of schools near Baltimore, MD, that offer programs in computer science with a focus on computer security are either private institutions or only have 2-year degrees. Based on program offerings and tuition, the following school is considered one of the top schools in the vicinity for computer security:

  • Winner: Towson University is the only public institution in this area that offers more than 2-year degrees in this field. This school offers both bachelor's and master's degree programs, and a post-graduate certificate in computer and information sciences with an emphasis on security and information assurance.

School Info Chart

Category Towson University
Rankings Tied for #60 in Northern U.S. Universities (2014)*
Location Towson, MD
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $8,342 (in-state), $20,020 (out-of-state)**
Computer and Information Science Science Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's
Computer and Information Science Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 92**
Most Popular Computer and Information Science Degree Level in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (52 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 65%**
Noteworthy Towson University's eminence in Computer Security has earned it the distinction as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education since 2002 by DHS and NSA; B.S. in Computer Science accredited by ABET

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator

Towson University

  • Computer and Information Sciences Department offers over 65 undergraduate and graduate courses and has a total of 39 full-time department faculty members
  • 15 dedicated computer labs with all the software that computer science courses require, in addition to 8 smart classrooms
  • Post-graduate certificate available specifically in computer and information systems security

Towson University (TU) in Towson, MD, is a 4-year, public university featuring a small city setting. As the second-largest university in the state, it offers more than 100 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. It also awards postbaccalaureate and post-master's certificates. This school has a total yearly enrollment in excess of 22,000 students, with almost 19,000 being undergraduates. TU has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1.

The Department of Computer and Information Sciences at TU offers bachelor's options of a degree in computer science with a computer security track, and dual-major of computer science and mathematics featuring a computer security track. The 33-credit master's in computer science that focuses on computer security requires a thesis, graduate project and internship. Students without an undergraduate degree in computer science can still enroll in the master's program with the condition of taking additional prerequisite courses.

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