School and Ranking Information
The 15 schools within 50 miles of Norfolk that offer information technology degrees are public, private, not-for-profit and for-profit. The following schools are considered the top three based on their rankings, program levels offered and number of degrees awarded in information technology:
- Winner: Northeastern University is the top choice because of its top undergraduate business programs ranking by U.S. News & World Report among the three schools. It offers a bachelor's and master's degree.
- Runner Up #1: Bryant University is the first runner up because of its undergraduate business programs ranking and its regional university ranking by U.S. News & World Report. It offers a bachelor's degree.
- Runner Up #2: University of Massachusetts - Boston, a 4-year public school, is ranked third and offers a bachelor's and master's degree. Students have access to the Information and Technology Success Community.
School Comparison Table
|Category||Northeastern University||Bryant University||University of Massachusetts - Boston|
|Rankings||Undergraduate business programs ranked 72nd in the country in 2013*||Undergraduate business programs ranked 266th in the country in 2013*||Undergraduate business program ranked 159th in the country in 2013*|
|Location||Boston, Massachusetts (19.7 miles from Norfolk, Massachusetts)||Smithfield, Rhode Island (17.9 miles from Norfolk, Massachusetts)||Boston, Massachusetts (19.5 miles from Norfolk, Massachusetts)|
|School Type||4-year; private, non-profit||4-year; private, non-profit||4-year, public|
|Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)|| $40,086 (undergraduate)**,
|$35,991 (undergraduate)**|| $11,966 (in-state, undergraduate)**, $26,150 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**,
$13,506 (in-state, graduate)**, $20,674 (out-of-state, graduate)**
|Information Technology Degrees Offered||Bachelor's and master's||Bachelor's||Bachelor's and master's|
|Information Technology Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2012||65**||8**||40**|
|Most Popular Information Technology Program (2012)||Bachelor's (46 awarded in 2012)**||Bachelor's (8 awarded in 2012)**||Bachelor's (29 awarded in 2012)**|
|Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2006 Entering Class||79%**||80%**||38%**|
|Noteworthy||Ranked 49th among national universities on 2014 list*||Ranked 14th among regional universities on 2014 list*||Ranked in the top 100 on the Princeton Review Best 300 Business Schools***|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of Massachusetts - Boston
Winner: Northeastern University
- Computer science program ranked 61st in 2010, according to U.S. News & World Report
- 72% of freshmen received financial aid in 2011-12, according to the NCES
Northeastern University offers a bachelor's degree in information science that includes courses in computer science, discrete structures, principles of information science, human computer interaction and computer organization. The bachelor's degree program requires students to complete an information science project in the senior year. Northeastern University also offers a master's degree program in information systems, which combines information engineering with the needs of business. Courses in the program include data management, business analysis and information engineering, web development tools and methods and planning and managing information systems development.
Runner-Up #1: Bryant University
- Ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek in the top 63 undergraduate business programs, according to the school's website
- Ranked in the Princeton Review's Best 296 Business Schools, according to Bryant University
Bryant University offers a bachelor's degree program in information technology that combines business and computer science courses. Computer courses in the program include Java programming, network management and security, database management systems, computer architecture and systems analysis. Students must also complete business courses, such as financial accounting, marketing management, operations management and principles of management, to prepare for a career in information technology. The bachelor's degree program in information technology requires 122 credits to earn the degree.
Runner-Up #2: University of Massachusetts - Boston
- 61% admission rate in 2012, according to the NCES
- Offers the Information Technology Success Community to incoming freshmen
The University of Massachusetts - Boston offers a bachelor's and master's degree program in information technology. The programs are offered at the school's College of Management and College of Science and Mathematics. The bachelor's program has specialization tracks in business intelligence, information architecture, computer forensics and system administration. The university's master's degree program in information technology includes 14 courses in areas such as information technology management and strategy, applications of information technology and the technical foundation of information technology. Students who have completed a bachelor's degree program in information technology may waive up to 3 business courses.