Top School in Tampa for an Information Technology Degree

Few schools in the Tampa, FL, area have top ranking information technology programs. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for information technology, as well as tuition and degree information.

School and Ranking Information

Students seeking an information technology degree in or near Tampa can choose from about four 2- and 4-year public colleges and universities. Based on school rankings, IT degree levels available and number of degrees awarded, the following school is considered a top school in Tampa for information technology degree programs:

  • Winner: The main campus of the University of South Florida, located directly in Tampa, is the largest university within 25 miles of the city to offer information technology studies. It is also the only institution in the area awarding a master's degree in this area. These programs are offered through the university's College of Engineering.

School Info Chart

Category University of South Florida
Rankings #161 among Best National Universities (2014)*
Location Tampa, Florida
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $6,410 (in-state); $17,324 (out-of-state)**
Information Technology Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's
Information Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 62**
Most Popular Information Technology Degree Level in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (60 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 63%**
Noteworthy Named among the Top 75 Best College Values by The Princeton Review in 2014***; Accredited by the Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator; ***University of South Florida.

University of South Florida

  • Class instruction supported by hands-on lab studies
  • Master's degree program has an online option available
  • Both bachelor's and master's degree programs can be tailored to meet individual student needs

Founded in 1956, the University of South Florida is a 4-year public school and a top research university. The university consists of three campuses in the Tampa area and serves more than 41,000 students. The College of Engineering awards degrees in areas of computer science and engineering. It offers Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Information Technology programs for those seeking to train in IT.

In the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program, students focus on traditional studies in computer science and information technology. Major coursework addresses topics in computer information networks, operating systems, software engineering, programming concepts, database systems and technical writing. The curriculum includes a capstone, senior project and seminar. Students of the Master of Science in Information Technology program have the flexibility to choose from elective courses in network programming, robotics, data mining, software testing and information security architecture. Required courses are taken in database administration, software architecture, multimedia and e-commerce, object-oriented programming and risk management.

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