Computer Programming Schools in Kansas City, MO with Degree Info

Nov 12, 2018

There are at least five schools within 25 miles of Kansas City, MO that have computer programming courses. Read an overview of the programs, requirements, and admission info at the three schools closest to downtown and find out which is the right one for you.

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Kansas City Computer Programming Schools

There are a few schools that offer computer programming programs near Kansas City, MO. This article profiles three that are less than 25 minutes from downtown. It also includes a table that lets prospective students quickly compare important facts about the schools, such as costs and enrollment. At the end of the article is a brief paragraph listing some other area schools that offer computer programming studies.

  • Johnson County Community College is in Overland Park, Kansas, about 18 miles from downtown Kansas City, MO. It has certificate and associate's degree programs related to programming.
  • A Missouri school, Park University doesn't offer a degree specifically in programming, but has associate's and bachelor's degree programs in information and computer science with programming courses, as well as a minor option in this field. Park is about 10 miles from Kansas City's downtown.
  • The University of Missouri - Kansas City, just seven miles from the city center, has two bachelor's degree programs in computer science with programming courses, as well as a minor in computer science.

Comparison of Schools

Prospective students should look at a number of factors when deciding on a school. The following table makes it simple to compare these three schools and use that information to make a solid education decision.

Johnson County Community College Park University University of Missouri - Kansas City
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 18,638* 11,457* 16,372*
Campus Setting Midsize city Large suburb Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $2,790 in-district;
$3,300 in-state;
$6,600 out-of-state*
$10,774* $8,011 in-state;
$19,793 out-of-state*
% of 1st-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 60%* 88%* 93%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017) Open admissions* 69%* 64%*
Retention Rate of 1st-Time Students (2017) 67% full-time;
49% part-time*
44% full-time;
18% part-time*
75% full-time;
29% part-time*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 22% (20% transfer-out rate) (Students began in 2014)* 23% (Students began in 2011)* 48% (Students began in 2011)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Johnson County Community College

JCCC has many associate's degree programs, and the school also provides more than 50 certificate programs that prepare students for the workforce, as well as an extensive continuing education program. In each of these areas, JCCC students can select training in computer programming and/or computer information systems.

Associate of Applied Science in Game Development

In this 2-year program, students prepare for entry-level work in the game industry. Training starts with an introduction to the business aspects of the game industry and the fundamentals of programming. Students then select game programming or game design to specialize in through the rest of the program. Programmers explore algorithms using C#, flash gaming, artificial intelligence, object-oriented programming, and mobile game programming. Designers focus on design, prototyping, artificial intelligence, and world creation. A capstone project is required for both options.

Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems

Students learn about several computing systems through practical experience and skills development. First semester courses introduce programming basics, XHTML, and CSS. Required courses in subsequent semesters focus on programming algorithms, database programming, object-oriented programming, and programming languages. Electives of interest and internships are available.

Park University

Park University was founded in 1875 and today enrolls nearly 12,000 students on five campuses. The school awards 64 degrees and 27 certificates. Among these are a minor, an associate's, and a bachelor's degree that prepare students for jobs in applications programming, Web programming, and systems analysis.

Minor in Information and Computer Science

This 18-credit minor consists of six courses. Topics include fundamentals of programming, discrete math, data management, and computer networking. Internships are encouraged. The program is available online.

Associate of Science in Information and Computer Science

This program's core curriculum covers the fundamentals of computer science, programming, and statistics, as well as examining discrete math and management info systems. Available concentrations include computer science and software engineering; a major component of these is programming.

Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Science

This degree program provides a comprehensive overview of computer science and programming. All students are required to take courses like intro to programming, programming concepts, and Web programming. The computer science and software engineering concentrations provide more advanced courses in Web programming, data structures, and computer architecture.

University of Missouri - Kansas City

Computer programming at UMKC is taught through the School of Computing and Engineering, where students can choose from a minor and two undergraduate programs; the Bachelor of Science (BS) program is accredited by ABET. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) program is suited for students who want to major in two fields.

Minor in Computer Science

Students must complete 26 credit hours for this minor. Prerequisites are college algebra and calculus. The nine required courses include problem solving/programming, discrete structures, computer architecture, data structures, and two upper division computer science electives.

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

This program's BS option is suited for students who want to work in computer science, while the BA option is for those whose careers will include an important computing component. Both options emphasize strong technical skills in programming, assembler language programming, and program problem-solving; the BS option also incorporates training in the design and implementation of programming languages. Additional courses include ethics and professionalism, calculus, and a software engineering capstone project.

Other School Options

Computer science and information technology options are also available at Calvary University in Missouri, about 18 miles from Kansas City's downtown. Another school to consider is MidAmerica Nazarene University, which is about 23 miles southwest of downtown in Olathe, Kansas. This school offers a minor in information systems that includes programming courses.

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