School and Ranking Information
To find public or not-for-profit colleges or universities in Lexington, KY, offering degree programs in computer programming, students must look beyond the city's limits. Two such institutions are found within 25 miles of Lexington. Based on school rankings, levels of computer programming-related degrees available and school size, the following university is considered a top school for computer programming in the Lexington area:
- Winner: Eastern Kentucky University offers both bachelor's and master's degrees in computer programming or computer science. It is the only public school in the Lexington, KY, area granting master's degrees in this field of study. The university is located approximately 19 miles from Lexington.
School Info Chart
|Category||Eastern Kentucky University|
|Rankings||#62 for Best Regional Universities in the South (2014)*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $7,536 (in-state); $16,608 (out-of-state)**|
|Computer Programming and Computer Science Degrees Offered||Bachelor's and master's|
|Computer Programming and Computer Science Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||14**|
|Most Popular Computer Programming and Computer Science Degree Level in 2012-2013||Master's (14 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||39%**|
|Noteworthy||Ranked among America's Best Colleges by Forbes Magazine in 2014***|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator; ***Forbes Magazine
Eastern Kentucky University
- Coursework combines classroom instruction with lab experiences
- Computer faculty keep current in field through participation in research and professional development
- Master's degree program is the only evening program in the region in this field of study
This university was originally founded in 1906 as the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School, and it became a 4-year university in 1922. The university has four regional campuses and is composed of five colleges, including the College of Arts and Sciences. This college houses the Department of Computer Science, which offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Applied Computing; both programs include programming courses.
The bachelor's degree program offers a choice between five major options, including forensics and security, bioinformatics, general computer science, computer technology and interactive multimedia. Regardless of the chosen concentration, students must complete fundamental computer science courses in software engineering, computer architecture and data structures, as well as courses like programming languages, programming for graphics and object oriented-programming. Other required courses depend on the individual's chosen specialization. Master's degree students must complete 30 credit hours, including 12-24 credits in a student's chosen concentration. Students can choose their concentration from software engineering and computer security, business or statistical computing, bioinformatics or industrial computing.