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School and Ranking Information
Computer security isn't an available major in Virginia Beach's colleges and universities, but at least five schools offer related programs with computer security coursework. Based on the number of programs offered, the computing facilities and the student-to-teacher ratio, the following school is considered one of the top schools in the area for programs in computer security.
- Winner: Old Dominion University (ODU) offers the greatest number of computer-related programs and produces the most graduates in the field of computer science in the area. ODU offers undergraduate concentrations in network and cyber security, several combined degree programs that incorporate computer science and computer engineering, and graduate certificates in advanced cyber systems security, as well as master's and doctoral programs.
School Info Chart
|Category||Old Dominion University|
|Rankings||Best Southeastern College (2014)*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $8,550 (in-state); $24,210 (out-of-state)**|
|Computer Security Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, Graduate Certificate, Master's, Ph.D.|
|Computer and Information Sciences Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||73**|
|Most Popular Computer and Information Sciences Degree Level in 2012-2013||Bachelor's (39 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||51%**|
|Noteworthy||Computer engineering program accredited by ABET; Center for Computational Science; Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center; Close ties to federal agencies for research|
Sources: *Princeton Review, **NCES College Navigator
Old Dominion University
- Real-world focused curriculum
- Advanced onsite computational centers
- Research and training grants to the College of Sciences totaled $16.4 million in 2011-2012
ODU is home to more than 20,000 students and offers over 150 total degree programs, quite a few of which are available online. ODU has a low student-to-teacher ratio of 20:1, giving students easy access to staff and faculty, and a Career Management Center that helps students to find internships and employment in the field of computer science.
ODU's computer-related programs are offered through the Strome College of Business, the College of Sciences, and the Batten College of Engineering and Technology. ODU offers Bachelor and Master of Science in Computer Science degrees with specializations in cyber security, graduate certificates in cyber security and advanced cyber systems security, and Ph.D. programs in computer science and computer engineering. Courses in the area of computer security include cybersecurity, network systems security, information assurance and cryptology. Both the bachelor's degree in computer science and the graduate certificate in cyber security are offered online.