Top Columbus School for a Computer Information Technology Degree

Columbus has at least five schools with programs in computer information technology. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

School and Ranking Information

Schools in the Columbus area with programs related to computer information technology are mostly small schools. The top school in the area is a large and well known university. Based on rankings and available programs, the following school is the top school in the area to study computer information technology:

  • Winner : Ohio State University is a 4-year public school in downtown Columbus. It has one of the top 30 undergraduate engineering programs in the country. Through its Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the university offers two bachelor's, a master's, a joint bachelor's/master's and a doctoral degree program in computer information technology.

School Info Chart

Category Ohio State University
Rankings Tied for #54 in National Universities (2015); Tied for #26 in Undergraduate Engineering Programs (2014)*
Location Columbus, OH
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015) $10,037 (in-state), $26,537 (out-of-state)*
Computer Information Technology Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate**
Computer Information Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 282**
Most Popular Computer Information Technology Degree Level in 2013 Bachelor's**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 83%**
Noteworthy School has three computer labs with more than 100 seats available for daily use and reservations

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

Ohio State University

  • Available areas for undergraduate and graduate research include artificial intelligence and computer theory
  • Ambitious students can apply for an honors program with smaller computer engineering classes and other privileges
  • Incoming students with previous programming experience can take a placement test to bypass required intro courses

Ohio State University's College of Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer and Information Science, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Computer and Information Science, a Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Science and Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science and Engineering.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science is a 181-credit hour program. Students complete general education and computer science-specific classes. Core courses cover programming and software design, data structures, operating systems, programming languages and computer architecture.

The Bachelor of Arts in Computer and Information Science is also a 181-credit hour program. However, it contains less science classes than the B.S. program. Required classes include programming languages, statistics, algorithms and animation principles.

The Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering program is available in a thesis or a coursework track. Students in the thesis track complete 45 credit hours of study and write a thesis, while students in the coursework program complete 50 credit hours of study and take a comprehensive exam instead.

The Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering Dual Degree program combines the requirements for a B.S. and M.S. in computer science and engineering. To graduate, students must complete all the requirements of both programs, but are eligible to apply up to 15 undergraduate credit hours of study to their graduate degree program requirements.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science and Engineering program requires 15 credit hours of study in the student's major and nine credit hours in two minor areas of study of their choice. Coursework consists of classes such as advanced computer architecture, algorithms analysis and programming for operating systems.

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