2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Computer Science

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These 23 schools offer the most affordable online computer science master's degrees. Jacksonville State University has the least expensive tuition, $5,730 per year for their Master of Science in Computer Systems and Software Design. Second-ranked Columbus State University has an annual tuition of $5,922 and offers three tracks for their MS in Applied Computer Science Degree: information assurance, modeling and simulation, and software development. Students can specialize in either cyber security or privacy and data science at fourth-ranked Southern Arkansas University.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2016 rankings of the most affordable online computer science bachelor's degrees. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Jacksonville State University Annual Tuition $5,730
#2 #2 Columbus State University Annual Tuition $5,922
#3 #3 Georgia Southern University Annual Tuition $6,150
#4 #4 Southern Arkansas University Annual Tuition $6,210
#5 #5 University of West Georgia Annual Tuition $7,416
#6 #6 University of Colorado Boulder Annual Tuition $8,805
#7 #7 University of Idaho Annual Tuition $11,055
#8 #8 Colorado State University-Fort Collins Annual Tuition $12,150
#9 #9 University of Michigan-Flint Annual Tuition $12,435
#10 #10 Lewis University Annual Tuition $12,720
#11 #11 La Salle University Annual Tuition $13,125
#12 #12 James Madison University Annual Tuition $13,175
#13 #13 Mercer University Annual Tuition $13,230
#14 #14 The University of West Florida Annual Tuition $15,663
#15 #15 University of Bridgeport Annual Tuition $15,775
#16 #16 Nova Southeastern University Annual Tuition $16,920
#17 #17 Norfolk State University Annual Tuition $17,784
#18 #18 Frostburg State University Annual Tuition $18,864
#19 #19 Hofstra University Annual Tuition $19,020
#20 #20 Purdue University - Main Campus Annual Tuition $19,425
#21 #21 Clarkson University Annual Tuition $20,175
#22 #22 Syracuse University Annual Tuition $21,645
#23 #23 University of Minnesota Digital Campus Annual Tuition $21,653
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,730
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Computer Security; Business Intelligence and Data Mining; Computational Intelligence; Human-Computer Interaction; Research Methods and System Evaluation; Wireless Networking and Security
  • Annual Tuition: $5,922
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Computer Architecture; Computer Forensics; Computer Network and Management; Contemporary Issues in Database Management Systems; Simulation Project; Survey of Modeling and Simulation
  • Annual Tuition: $6,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Artificial Intelligence-Theory and Application; Data Mining; Data Warehousing; Database Systems-Theory and Application; Distributed Database Systems; Distributed Web Systems Designs-Theory and Application

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,210
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Programming Concepts; Applied Cryptography; Computer Networking; Database Management Systems; Network Security; User Interface Implementation
  • Annual Tuition: $7,416
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Database Systems I; Program Construction I; Project I; Software Development I; System & Network Administration; Web Technologies I
  • Annual Tuition: $8,805
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Example Classes:
    Compiler Construction; Computer Vision; Convex Optimization; Datacenter Scale Computing; Natural Language Processing; Object-Oriented Anlaysis & Design
  • Annual Tuition: $11,055
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Operating Systems; Compiler Design; Computational Biology: Sequence Analysis; Fault-Tolerant Systems; Parallel Algorithms; Real-Time Operating Systems

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes:
    Artificial Intelligence; Computer Architecture; Computer Networks and the Internet; Distributed Systems; Machine Learning; Parallel Programming
  • Annual Tuition: $12,435
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Computer Networking; Advanced Database Concepts and Emerging Applications; Algorithm and Complexity Analysis; Computer System Architecture; Database Design; Software Engineering
  • Annual Tuition: $12,720
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Example Classes:
    Cloud Computing and Virtualization; Encryption and Authentication; Large-Scale Data Storage Systems; Object-Oriented Design; Statistical Programming; Theory of Computation
  • Annual Tuition: $13,125
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Example Classes:
    Client Interface Development; Database Services Development Using Microsoft Tools; Ethics, Issues and Government Regulations; LAN Administration; Network Theory; Software Engineering
  • Annual Tuition: $13,175
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Example Classes:
    Cryptography: Algorithms and Applications; Ethics, Law and Policy in Cyberspace; Formal Methods of Information Security; Malware Analysis; Secure Operations; Secure Programming
  • Annual Tuition: $13,230
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Graphic Interfaces; Computational Intelligence Applications; Database Design in Software Engineering; Engineering Data Analysis and Visualization; Software Architecture; Software Risk Management
  • Annual Tuition: $15,663
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 42%
  • Example Classes:
    Big Data Analytics in the Cloud; Computer Graphics and Simulation; Database Administration; Digital Forensics; Software Engineering Foundations: Java Programming; Software Engineering Practice and Tools
  • Annual Tuition: $15,775
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Example Classes:
    Analysis of Algorithms; Engineering Colloquium; Mobile and Pervasive Computing; Object-Oriented Programming Using C++; Smartphone App Development; Unix System Programming

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,920
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Cryptography; Assembly Language and Architecture; Data Structures and Algorithms; Information Retrieval and Web Search Engine Technology; Mathematics in Computing; Programming Languages
  • Annual Tuition: $17,784
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Computer and Network Forensics; Database Security; Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing; Healthcare Information Security; Human Aspects of Computing; Secure Operating Systems
  • Annual Tuition: $18,864
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Object-Oriented Data Structures and File Organization; Advanced Software Engineering; Artificial Intelligence; Security in Computing; Theory of Computation; Web Development and Programming
  • Annual Tuition: $19,020
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Algorithm Design and Analysis; Computer Communication Networks and Distributed Processing; Mobile Device Programming; Privacy in a Wired World; Secure Systems/Ethical Hacking; Software Project Management
  • Annual Tuition: $19,425
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Example Classes:
    Complexity; Distributed Systems; Numerical Computing; Parallel and Distributed Computing; Simulation and Modeling; Software Engineering
  • Annual Tuition: $20,175
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Example Classes:
    Compiler Construction; Computer Algorithms; Introduction to Automata Theory and Formal Languages; Operating Systems; Software Design and Analysis; Software Design and Development

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  • Annual Tuition: $21,645
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 48%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Computer Architecture; Fundamentals of Data and Knowledge Mining; Introduction to Cryptography; Machine Learning; Mobile Application Programming; Software Modeling

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  • Annual Tuition: $21,653
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Analysis of Numerical Algorithms; Animation & Planning in Games; Computational Aspects of Matrix Theory; Introduction to Compilers; Modern Cryptography; Wireless and Sensor Networks

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