Computer Science Schools in Las Vegas, NV with Degree Information

Sep 14, 2018

For those looking to build a career in computer science, there are a couple of colleges offering academic options in this field within about five miles of downtown Las Vegas. Read on to get an overview of the schools' degree programs and requirements to decide which one is right for you.

Las Vegas Computer Science Programs

There aren't many school options near the Las Vegas area that offer computer science degrees; however, there are a couple of colleges that require less than a 20-minute drive from the city center. This article highlights the relevant programs and coursework from these two schools. It also includes a table that contains stats on tuition, graduation rates and more.

  • The College of Southern Nevada doesn't specifically have a computer science degree option, but it does offer a computing and information technology associate's degree program. The Charleston campus is around seven miles from central Las Vegas.
  • Located just about five miles from the downtown area, the University of Nevada - Las Vegas has bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs available in computer science.

Comparison of Schools

This table displays additional information about each of the profiled schools that could help you make a more informed choice about where to study computer science. Review it to learn about school types, acceptance rates, graduation rates and more.

College of Southern Nevada University of Nevada - Las Vegas
School Type Four-year, primarily associate's; public Four-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 33,914* 30,471*
Campus Setting Large city Midsize city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $3,285 in-state; $10,063 out-of-state* $7,665 in-state; $21,853 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 74%* 93%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - open admissions 81%*
Retention Rate (Fall 2016 - Fall 2017) N/A 74% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011) 9%* 42%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

College of Southern Nevada

This college offers an associate's degree related to computer science. The degree program has concentrations options in software, cyber security, and networking. The software concentration has additional specializations in database, programming and Web development. The networking emphasis also has additional specializations in client/server, router/switch and Linux.

Associate of Applied Science in Computing and Information Technology

All students need to complete general education requirements in areas like math, English and communications. Computer science courses depend on the student's specialization. Some examples include Microsoft networking, computer forensics, routing protocols and programming. All of the program options require from 60-61 credits. The network security and networking options can even help students prepare for various industry certification exams.

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

There are a variety of computer science programs at this university. The undergraduate programs focus on general computer principles. Graduate students need to have GRE scores before applying. Those who are aiming for the master's degree program need to have a bachelor's degree, and aspiring doctoral students can qualify with a bachelor's or master's degree.

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Both degree programs focus on the field of computer science and require the completion of 120 credits, but there are some key differences between the degrees. The BA program is not ABET-accredited and is designed for students who only want a general overview of algorithms, applications and other computer-related topics. The ABET-approved BS program provides advanced instruction in mathematics and computers that is not included in the BA program. Courses found in both programs may include computing languages, data structures, systems programming and computer architecture.

Master of Science in Computer Science

Students need to complete 30 credits to earn this degree, and 24 of those must be focused on computer science. In addition to coursework in computer science, all students must choose either a thesis or project option. Regardless of the program selected, students must complete an oral examination as well. Some of the topics students can study in this program include software engineering, artificial intelligence, computer graphics and computer architecture.

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science

Graduate students in this program need to complete coursework, written comprehensive exams, an oral qualifying exam, a dissertation and a dissertation defense. This program consists of 48 credits of coursework. Some of the subjects students can study include programming languages, artificial intelligence, database systems and compilers. Students who enter the program with a master's degree are expected to complete it in six years, while incoming bachelor's degree holders should complete the program in eight years.

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