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Top School in Orlando for an Information Technology Career

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

School and Ranking Information

Only three schools in the Orlando area have programs related to information technology. Two are located in the suburbs of Orlando. The top school in the area is a 4-year public school outside of the city. Based on rankings, the following school is the top school to study information technology in the Orlando area:

  • Winner : The University of Central Florida is home to more than 56,000 students annually, the majority of whom are undergraduates. It is one of the top five up and coming schools in the entire nation. Individuals interested in pursuing a career in information technology (IT) can earn a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in computer science or information technology at the university.

School Info Chart

Category The University of Central Florida
Rankings #3 for Up and Coming Schools (2014)*
Location Orlando, FL
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015) $6,368 (in-state), $22,467 (out-of-state)*
Information Technology Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate
Information Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 310**
Most Popular Information Technology Degree Level in 2013 Bachelor's**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 67%**
Noteworthy A computer science student organization won the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in 2014

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator

The University of Central Florida

  • A distinguished faculty in the computer science department: five professors are part of the IEEE as fellows, while another three have been honored by the university
  • Students can conduct research for industry leaders such as Lockheed Martin and SAIC
  • School places an emphasis on research in computer vision and virtual reality

Established in 1963 as Florida Technological University, The University of Central Florida has a wide range of degrees available to its students. Its Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers undergraduate degree programs, master's degree programs and doctoral programs in 12 areas of study. The department offers a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, a Bachelor in Science in Computer Science, a Master of Science in Computer Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science for those pursuing a career in information technology.

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology consists of 120 semester hours. Upon completion of 20 hours of prerequisite coursework, students study C programming languages, object-oriented programming, database concepts, computer science, operating systems concepts, IT integration and Web-based information technology. Students also participate in a network lab.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science is a 120-semester-hour program that requires students to pass a foundation exam concerning programming skills, problem-solving techniques, algorithms and abstraction. Core coursework includes C programming, object-oriented programming, computer science, computing security, systems software, programming languages, operating systems and software development.

The Master of Science in Computer Science allows students to complete either a thesis or non-thesis option in this 30-credit-hour program. Both options require the completion of 12 credit hours of core courses. Thesis students take six hours of thesis courses. Non-thesis students complete 18 credit hours and then participate in a culminating experience determined by the graduate committee.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science is a 72-credit-hour program that prepares students for research development and provides them with the instructional skills to teach at the post-secondary level. An undergraduate degree in computer science is not a requirement. Students must submit a plan of study within the first two weeks of the second semester. They complete no more than 12 credit hours of independent study.

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