Top School in San Francisco for Becoming a Network Security Professional

Jul 16, 2020

School and Ranking Information

The majority of schools that offer majors in network security in the San Francisco area are 2-year, public institutions, with only a couple of colleges offering 4-year degrees. Based on rankings, number of programs offered, and student-to-faculty ratio, the following school was picked as the top school for network security in the area.

  • Winner: Located in the heart of San Francisco, CA, lies the University of San Francisco, a 4-year, private not-for-profit research institution. The university offers computer and web science programs, which feature courses devoted to network security and data protection. USF boasts several national rankings and small class sizes.

School Info Chart

Category University of San Francisco
Rankings #97 in National Universities category (2020)*
Location San Francisco, CA
School Type 4-year; private, nonprofit
Tuition & Fees (2019-2020) Undergrad: $50,282*
Computer Science Degrees Offered Bachelor's; Master's
Computer Science Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2018-2019 85**
Most Popular Computer Science Degree Level in 2018-2019 Bachelor's (52 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2013 Entering Class 75%**
Noteworthy Computer science students can participate in research projects led by the faculty

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

University of San Francisco

  • Situated in close proximity to Silicon Valley, USF is an ideal institution for those pursuing careers in computer science, web development and network architecture
  • Bay Area professionals speak on computer science topics at special weekly lectures
  • Computer science students have access to high-tech classrooms, computing clusters, and a well-equipped computer lab

Founded in 1855, the University of San Francisco (USF) is the oldest university in San Francisco as well as one of just 28 Jesuit Catholic colleges in the United States. USF enrolls over 10,700 students and is located on a 55-acre campus in San Francisco. The university's College of Arts and Sciences provides a wide array of degree program options, including both undergraduate and graduate programs in computer and web science.

The bachelor's program in computer science can help students pursue immediate entry-level employment in the IT sector or prepare them for graduate study. The curriculum consists of courses in web systems, computer science fundamentals, and computer networks.

In the computer science master's program, students can participate in practica or directed research opportunities. The ultimate goal of the program is to develop a useful and efficient software product for either research or commercial use. Geared specifically toward research and development, the master's degree program in web science explores network design and implementation, software development for the web and ways of enhancing human-computer interaction.

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