Top Schools for Software and Computer Media Applications

Learn which top schools provide training in the use of software and computer media applications. Read about the degree options at four high-ranking institutions, and find a list with at-a-glance information about other schools in the U.S. that offer programs in computer software and media applications.

The study of computer software and media applications can be found through degree and certificate programs in digital and website design, computer graphics, database administration and virtual environments. Program emphasis is on the creation and development of current and emerging computer and media technologies.

School Information

Outstanding courses of study in this field can be found at the schools featured below. Each of these schools was either nationally or regionally ranked by U.S. News & World Report or The Princeton Review for 2017.

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

School Highlight: The University of Pennsylvania ranked tied at #8 of the top ten schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's 'Best Colleges' category for 2017.

The university offers a bachelor's degree program in digital media design that incorporates studies in computer graphics, mathematics and artistic design. In addition, the school houses a Master of Science in Engineering program in computer graphics and game technology. This program is intended for students who hold a bachelor's degree in either computer science or computer engineering and includes courses in animation, simulation and interactive media.

Rochester Institute of Technology, NY

School Highlight: Students have the opportunity to develop websites, applications and virtual environments.

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) ranked tied at #107 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. RIT offers a Master of Fine Arts in Computer Graphics Design program that includes a concentration in Web design. Once enrolled, students have the opportunity to develop websites, applications and virtual environments. Additional programs include a Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Computing and Information Sciences, through which students can research the relationship between graphics and visualization or human-computer interfacing, among other topics.

DePaul University in Chicago, IL

School Highlight: DePaul University ranked as one of the best colleges in the Midwest by The Princeton Review in 2017.

The university includes the College of Computing and Digital Media that offers 15 bachelor's and 19 master's degree programs, including a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Science. The undergraduate program allows for a developer or a design focus; both areas of emphasis include courses in mathematics, animation and digital rendering. Undergraduate students may also pursue a Bachelor of Science in Interactive Media program that includes the study of markup languages, scripting and design.

Graduate programs include a Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction. Advanced students can also pursue an M.S. in Predictive Analytics, a program that incorporates the study of modeling and data analysis.

California State University - Chico in Chico, CA

School Highlight: Undergraduate computer science majors have access to five computer labs.

At California State University, undergraduates can learn about software and computer media applications by pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science or a B.S. in Computer Information Systems, or by choosing a minor in computer science or information technology. At the graduate level, there is an M.S. program in computer science, as well as a blended B.S.+M.S. option. Students in these programs learn to design and implement software and apply IT concepts in a wide range of settings. For 2017, the school was ranked #8 among public universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report.

Top Software and Computer Media Applications Schools

These schools also provide relevant programs in these subjects:

  • Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City, OK, was the first Midwestern university to offer associate's degrees in Web page design and Internet administration.
  • Old Dominion University is located in Norfolk, VA; its proximity to Langley Research Center and the world's largest naval base provides students with opportunities to pursue research and engineering projects.
  • At Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, the 'College of Technology Statewide' offers programs in ten Indiana communities.
  • At the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL, the M.S. in Modeling and Simulation (Professional Science Master's track) is offered completely online.
  • At the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, the master's degree program in computing offers a concentration in graphics and visualization, and it also emphasizes and supports student research.
  • Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC was ranked #26 among regional colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

For students who are interested in software and computer media applications, there are comprehensive computer science and other technology-related programs that cover these topics.

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