Top School in Columbia, SC, for IT Degrees

School and Ranking Information

There are only two postsecondary institutions found in the city of Columbia that provide academic programs in information technology. Based on ranking, student population and degree levels offered, the following university is considered a top school in Columbia for information technology degree programs:

  • Winner: The University of South Carolina's main campus is located directly in Columbia. The university is the largest school in the city to award degrees in or relating to information technology. Students can earn a bachelor's degree in computer information systems and a master's and a doctoral degree in computer science and engineering.

School Info Chart

Category University of South Carolina
Ranking #113 Best National Universities (2015)*
Location Columbia, South Carolina
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $10,816 (in-state); $28,528 (out-of-state)**
Information Technology Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral
Information Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 58 (includes degrees awarded in computer science)**
Most Popular Information Technology Degree in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (53 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 73%**
Noteworthy Computer science programs ranked #101 in the nation (2015)*; bachelor's degree program in computer information systems is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator

University of South Carolina

  • Has a Center for Information Technology for research and project development
  • Students can join the campus-based Association of IT Professionals for networking and professional development
  • Accelerated bachelor's/master's program offered
  • 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio

The University of South Carolina (USC) enrolls more than 31,000 students and offers 324 majors and degrees. USC's College of Engineering and Computing is home to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs relating to IT are offered in this department.

In the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems program, students learn to apply training toward the development and management of information systems that ensure the safety and accessibility of data. The undergraduate curriculum consists of 123 hours of courses about information security principles, database design and current issues in information technology. Students must have a business information management minor from the School of Business.

The Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering program requires 24 hours of coursework and six hours of thesis preparation. Topics include problem solving in computer security, information technology architecture and network programming.

Applicants to the Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science and Engineering program must complete a qualifying examination. Those entering with only a bachelor's degree complete 48 hours of coursework, while those with a master's degree complete half as many; all students satisfy 12 hours of dissertation preparation. Other requirements include attending seminars and passing a final exam. Class topics and research emphases might involve information technology, artificial intelligence and information warfare.

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