Top School in Pittsburgh for a Career in Computer Networking

Jul 28, 2020

School and Ranking Information

Most of the schools in Pittsburgh with computer networking programs are private nonprofit or for-profit institutions. Based on ranking and student-to-faculty ratio, the following university is considered a top school in Pittsburgh for computer networking studies:

  • Winner: Carnegie Mellon University is the largest private nonprofit school in Pittsburgh offering a program in computer networking. The university awards a master's degree in information networking.

School Info Chart

Category Carnegie Mellon University
Distinction #25 (tie) Best National Universities (2020)*
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition (2019-2020) Graduate: $45,909**
Computer Networking Degrees Offered Master's
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2013 Entering Class 90%**
Noteworthy The university's Information Networking Institute the first research and education center dedicated to information networking in the U.S.***

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

Carnegie Mellon University

  • 5:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Hands-on training opportunities in professional settings available
  • Information Networking Institute home to CyLab, a security research center

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a global research university with a student population of more than 14,000. The university is composed of seven academic schools, including the Carnegie Institute of Technology, home to the Information Networking Institute. The Information Networking Institute (INI) was established in 1989 as a joint effort between CMU's School of Public Policy and Management, College of Engineering, Tepper School of Business and School of Computer Science. Students can pursue the Master of Science in Information Networking.

The Master of Science in Information Networking is a full-time, 16-month program that gives students a foundation in information technology and introduces them to concepts of management, strategic thinking, and policy. The curriculum includes a required core, restricted electives and a curriculum specialization or research seminar.

The core courses consist of 48 units in networking and systems, 18 units in management and six units in databases. Students choose to study embedded systems or operating systems, packet switching, telecommunications fundamentals and computer networks. The area of specialization consists of 48 units of electives. The final component is the professional or research track. In the research track, students complete a thesis after conducting original research. In the professional track, students can take a variety of classes, work in a supervised practicum or complete a development-based project. Two research seminars are also required.

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