Top School in Newport News, VA, for an Information Systems Security Degree

Few schools in the Newport News, VA, area have top ranking information systems security programs. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for information systems security, as well as tuition and degree information.

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School and Ranking Information

There are no colleges or universities located directly in Newport News, VA, that offer programs in information systems security. Students can choose from among several institutions providing related studies within a 25-mile radius of that city. Based on ranking, graduation rates and number of doctoral degrees awarded in the field of study, the following college is considered a top school in the Newport News area for studies in information systems security:

  • Winner: No other school near Newport News grants more doctorates in computer science than the College of William and Mary. The school is located approximately 20 miles from Newport News. In addition to a doctoral degree, students can also earn a bachelor's or master's degree in computer science.

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Note: Degrees awarded reflect those in computer science

Category College of William and Mary
Ranking #33 (tie) among Best National Universities (2015)*
Location Williamsburg, Virginia
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $15,463 (in state); $38,440 (out-of-state)**
Information Systems Security Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral
Information Systems Security Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 50**
Most Popular Information Systems Security Degree in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (28 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 90%**
Noteworthy Computer science faculty includes recipients of various awards, including Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards from the National Science Foundation, the Park Award and a grant award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)***

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

College of William and Mary

  • 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Department of Computer Science maintains state-of-the-art computers for research and educational purposes
  • Computer science students benefit from nearby research facilities like the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and the NASA Langley Research Center

The second-oldest college in the country, the College of William and Mary offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 8,000 students per year. The Department of Computer Science provides both an active research element akin to larger universities along with a small-school experience and accomplished faculty. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Computer Science.

Covering the general computing principles students will need to begin preparation for future careers in a variety of information technology fields, the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program touches on basic programming tools, systems structure knowledge and general problem solving practices. The curriculum also delves into topics such as basic database structure, systems security and network development.

Choosing between a thesis and non-thesis option, students of the Master of Science in Computer Science program continue to further their knowledge and practical expertise with computing principles. Research options vary widely and include an emphasis in operating systems that highlights overall systems architecture components as well as cybersecurity and data protection.

Under supervision of research faculty, students of the Ph.D. in Computer Science program commence with independent study in computer science culminating with the development and defense of a dissertation. Graduate courses and seminars include computational theory, advanced network security and information systems analysis.

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