School and Ranking Information
About 13 schools within a 25-mile radius of the downtown Baltimore area offer computer networking programs. Based on rankings and program offerings, the top three nearby schools offering degree programs in computer networking are Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Towson University, and Stevenson University.
- Winner: Johns Hopkins University is highly ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report and was further recognized in 2013 for its graduate computer science program. Master of Science (MS) programs offered at JHU include a MS in computer science with a concentration in networking.
- Runner-Up #1: Towson University has been regionally ranked in the top 50 schools in the North and offers a post-baccalaureate certificate in networking technologies, as well as a graduate program in IT.
- Runner-Up #2: Stevenson University students may pursue a computer information systems (CIS) undergraduate major, with a selection of one of three tracks, including a network design track. It has been regionally ranked in the top 85 schools in the North.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Johns Hopkins University||Towson University||Stevenson University|
|Ranking(s)||13th for national universities in 2013*
22nd for graduate computer engineering program in 2013, nationwide*
|44th for regional universities (North) in 2013*||82nd for regional universities (North) in 2013*|
|Location||Baltimore, MD||Towson, MD (7 miles from downtown Baltimore)||Stevenson, MD (9 miles from downtown Baltimore)|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$43,390 (undergraduate), $43,390 (graduate)**||$8,132 (undergraduate, in-state), $19,754 (undergraduate, out-of-state); $8,154 (graduate, in-state), $15,102 (graduate, out-of-state)**||$25,310 (undergraduate), $14,360 (graduate)**|
|Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Degree Levels Offered||Master's degrees**||Post-graduate certificates**||Bachelor's and master's (online) degrees**|
|Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Degrees (all levels) Awarded in 2011-2012||39**||3**||57**|
|Most Popular Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Program in 2011-2012||Master's degree (39 awarded)**||Post-graduate certificate (3 awarded)**||Bachelor's degree (56 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2005 Entering Class||91%**||64%**||62%**|
|Noteworthy||15th for undergraduate engineering programs in 2012, nationwide||70% of classes have less than 30 students||3rd largest independent university in Maryland|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator
Winner: Johns Hopkins University
- JHU has an overall student-faculty ratio of 9:1, according to NCES
- 20th for top value schools in 2013 by U.S. News & World Report
- 16th for online graduate computer IT program in 2012 by U.S. News & World Report
The JHU 'Engineering for Professionals' (EP) computer science (CS) program offers students the allowance to choose pursuit of the telecommunications and networking option, or decide to select alternate technology learning from nine different concentration areas, including data communications and networking. While this option is not a standalone master's degree, students that select this concentration in telecommunications and networking are considered a degree candidate in CS. The three foundation courses for all CS graduates cover software engineering, computer architecture, and algorithms. The remaining seven required courses are selected from either CS or electrical and computer engineering (ECE) selections, with a maximum of three courses from the ECE coursework. Sample CS course topics are high-speed networking technologies, network programming, protocol design and simulation, internetworking with TCP/IP, and cellular communications systems. ECE course samplings include MIMO wireless communications, smart antennas for wireless communications, advanced antenna systems, and speech processing. No thesis is required, and class schedules include weekday evenings and Saturday.
Runner-Up #1: Towson University
- More than 200 clubs and organizations on campus, including 30 fraternities and sororities
- 10th for top public schools in 2013 by U.S. News & World Report
- 58th for online graduate business program in 2012 by U.S. News & World Report
TU's Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, through its department of computer and information sciences, offers graduate and undergraduate courses, including a post-baccalaureate certificate in networking technologies, as well as a M.S. in applied IT. The program consists of five courses, covering enterprise (business) systems and their architecture, networks protocols and their architecture, network hardware components, and IT infrastructure. Students complete the program by learning the software development life cycle and its operations, routing methodologies, TCP and IP functionality, information assurance, network security, and address creation. A final requirement has students develop a network-based real-world system.
Students with already a B.S. in IT may pursue the master's program in applied IT, with students allowed to develop their own program. The school offers six post-bachelor's certificates, including one for networking technologies. The curriculum covers two courses in accounting, management, technical writing, math or HR development. The remaining four courses are related to computer networking, and include topics such as encryption, database security, security against hacker attack, e-mail and Web security.
Runner-Up #2: Stevenson University
- NCES statistics showed that 99% of full-time beginning undergraduates received financial aid in 2011-2012
- School's 'Career ArchitectureSM' program allows incoming freshmen to design their futures through personal core values and career goals
- Ranked 3rd among up-and-coming schools in 2012 by U.S. News & World Report
Students at SU that decide to pursue the CIS major first take foundation courses in technology covering programming, network, and database design. The students then select one of three tracks, in software, computer forensics, or network design. The network design track curriculum includes Cisco, UNIX, and Microsoft® coursework, covering topics like routing, server administration, network security, e-mail and web server administration. The school offers a dual program for the CIS undergraduate major with the master's degree program in business and technology management, forensic studies. The BS/MS program can be completed in as little as five years.