Top Ranked Software Engineering School - Lexington, KY

Lexington, KY, has few schools with programs in software engineering. Find the best program for you by reading about one of these schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

School and Ranking Information

There are only three schools located in or within 25 miles of Lexington, KY, that provide software engineering programs. Based on ranking, location and student population, the following university is considered a top school in Lexington for software engineering:

  • Winner: The University of Kentucky is the only postsecondary institution of any type located directly in Lexington that offers degree programs in software engineering. It is also the largest school in terms of student enrollment that provides these types of programs in the Lexington area. Students can pursue a 4-year degree in computer engineering or a bachelor's, master's or doctorate in computer science, all of which offer coursework in software engineering.

School Info Chart

Note: Degrees offered and awarded statistics reflect degrees granted in computer engineering and computer science

Category University of Kentucky
Ranking #129 (tie) Best National Universities (2015)*
Location Lexington, Kentucky
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $10,110 (in state); $21,192 (out-of-state)**
Software Engineering Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral
Software Engineering Bachelor's Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 17**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 46%**
Noteworthy Graduate computer engineering programs ranked #84 and graduate computer science programs ranked #90 among national universities (2015)*

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

University of Kentucky

  • Software engineering studies combine classroom work with hands-on lab experiences
  • Work-study opportunities available to computer science students
  • Computer engineering and computer science programs accredited by ABET

As th state's flagship institution, the University of Kentucky (UK) enrolls more than 28,000 students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UK offers courses and concentrations in software engineering through the College of Engineering's Department of Computer Science and its Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Both undergraduate and graduate studies are offered in computer science; students can also pursue a bachelor's degree in computer engineering.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering program combines software design and electrical engineering principles. Students take laboratory courses in physics and electrical engineering. Other courses include such topics as electronics, software engineering, operating systems, embedded systems and microcomputer organization. In the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program, students investigate, analyze and utilize algorithms to aid in the creation and maintenance of software applications. Courses may cover algorithm design and analysis, program design, software engineering, computer networks, programming languages and artificial intelligence.

The Master of Science in Computer Science program provides a thesis or non-thesis option. Those who choose the non-thesis option complete a project. Students independently explore general computer science and software development topics, attending seminars and allocating a significant amount of time to personal research.

Applicants to the Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science program should hold a master's degree from UK or another accredited school. Students complete two years of residency, take the qualifying examination, then have up to ten years to complete the doctoral program. Like students in the master's degree program, they pursue independent research within the vast field of computer science, and may choose to specialize in software engineering.

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