Top College for Becoming a Computer Software Engineer - Honolulu, HI

Students interested in studying computer software in Honolulu, HI, have only a few schools to choose from. Read about one top local school's degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

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School and Ranking Information

In the Honolulu, HI, area, only three school offer degrees in software engineering. Based on rankings, number of programs available and the student-to-faculty ratio, the following school is the top pick for computer science programs in the Honolulu area:

  • Winner: The Department of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, HI, offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs that might be of interest to aspiring computer software engineers. Although the programs focus on computer science in general, they offer courses related to software engineering.

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Category University of Hawaii at Manoa
Rankings #168 in National Universities (2015); #93 in Top Public Schools (2015)*
Location Honolulu, HI
School Type 4-year; public
Tuition & Fees (2014-2015) Undergrad: $10,620 (in-state); $29,412 (out-of-state)*
Computer Science Degrees Offered Bachelor's; Master's; Doctorate
Computer Science Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 46**
Most Popular Computer Science Degree Level in 2013 Bachelor's (39 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 57%**
Noteworthy The Department of Information and Computer Sciences offers some undergraduate and graduate courses online***

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • The Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) Department features six undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including three that offer courses in software engineering
  • ICS students have access to the Collaborative Software Development Laboratory and the Adaptive Multimedia Interaction Laboratory
  • Graduate students must complete a 6-credit capstone project or thesis paper during their final semester

The University of Hawaii at Manoa was established in 1907 and the Manoa campus has been the flagship institution of the University of Hawaii system ever since. The school offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs to more than 20,000 students each year. The university has an average class size of about 20 students, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Both of the University of Hawaii at Manoa's undergraduate computer science programs are designed to provide students with an understanding of theories and applications of information systems. The Bachelor of Science program in computer science can also give students a foundational understanding of math and science, as well as a strong introduction to software technology.

The Bachelor of Arts program in information and computer science is suitable for students who want to gain a background in computer science and focus on another specific discipline. Students choose from a series of electives that best meet their interests in the field. Students interested in programming and software might take courses in software engineering and design.

The advanced master's degree program in computer science focuses on such computer science topics as programming, databases and logic design. Master's students are required to select their own elective courses, which may include instruction in software engineering, computer networks or information theory.

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