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.
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School Info Chart
|Rankings||Tied for #60 in Northern U.S. Universities (2014)*|
|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
- 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.