2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Computer Science

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All 25 of these online schools offer highly affordable master’s in computer science programs, with 15 of these schools’ tuition rates coming in under $15,000. In first place is Georgia Institute of Technology’s online M.S. in Computer Science for only $2,550 per year. Students at Georgia Tech can choose from concentrations such as computational perception and robotics, computing systems, and machine learning. University of West Georgia comes in second place with a tuition rate of $5,616. Classes at UWG include database systems, software development, and system and network administration.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2018 rankings of the most affordable online bachelor's in computer science degrees. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Georgia Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $2,550
#2 #2 University of West Georgia Annual Tuition $5,616
#3 #3 Georgia Southern University Annual Tuition $6,150
#4 #4 University of Illinois at Springfield Annual Tuition $6,516
#5 #5 Dakota State University Annual Tuition $6,663
#6 #6 Frostburg State University Annual Tuition $8,205
#7 #7 Charleston Southern University Annual Tuition $8,500
#8 #8 Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $8,608
#9 #9 Colorado State University-Fort Collins Annual Tuition $12,528
#10 #10 Lewis University Annual Tuition $12,720
#11 #11 Franklin University Annual Tuition $13,180
#12 #12 University of Michigan-Flint Annual Tuition $13,638
#13 #13 Nova Southeastern University Annual Tuition $13,950
#14 #14 University of Michigan - Dearborn Annual Tuition $14,040
#15 #15 National University Annual Tuition $14,144
#16 #16 University of Idaho Annual Tuition $15,270
#17 #17 University of Bridgeport Annual Tuition $15,775
#18 #18 The University of West Florida Annual Tuition $15,888
#19 #19 Auburn University Annual Tuition $16,133
#20 #20 University of Advancing Technology Annual Tuition $16,200
#21 #21 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Annual Tuition $16,928
#22 #22 Purdue University - Main Campus Annual Tuition $18,870
#23 #23 Hofstra University Annual Tuition $19,380
#24 #24 Clarkson University Annual Tuition $20,175
#25 #25 Southern Methodist University Annual Tuition $20,250
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  • Annual Tuition: $2,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9,892
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Operating Systems; Computational Photography; Computer Networks; Computer Vision; Software Development Process
  • Annual Tuition: $5,616
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,081
  • Example Classes:
    Database Systems I; Program Construction I; Project I; Software Development I; System & Network Administration; Web Technologies I
  • Annual Tuition: $6,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,496
  • 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: $6,516
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,465
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Statistics; Business Calculus; Computer Cryptography and Digital Steganography; Computer Graphics; Computer Organization; Data Structures & Algorithms
  • Annual Tuition: $6,663
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 325
  • Example Classes:
    Algorithms and Optimization; Assembly Language; Database Management Systems; Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms; Language Processing; Machine Learning Fundamentals
  • Annual Tuition: $8,205
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 795
  • 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: $8,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 440
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Cryptography; Data Mining; Ethics, Law and Policy in Cyberspace; Human-Computer Interaction; Network Penetrating, Testing and Ethical Hacking; Open Source Software Engineering
  • Annual Tuition: $8,608
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,571
  • Example Classes:
    Algorithms and Data Structures; Computational Geometry, Methods and Applications; Computational Methods & Software; Computer Architecture; Computers in Society; Human Behavior
  • Annual Tuition: $12,528
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,697
  • Example Classes:
    Artificial Intelligence; Computer Architecture; Computer Networks and the Internet; Distributed Systems; Machine Learning; Parallel Programming

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,720
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,027
  • Example Classes:
    Cloud Computing and Virtualization; Encryption and Authentication; Large-Scale Data Storage Systems; Object-Oriented Design; Statistical Programming; Theory of Computation
  • Annual Tuition: $13,180
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 981
  • Example Classes:
    Communication Strategies For The Technical Professional; Enterprise Software Architecture; Human Computer Interaction; Independent Studies In Graduate Computer Science; Information Systems Architecture & Technology; Issues In Database Management

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,638
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,602
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Computer Networking; Advanced Database Concepts and Emerging Applications; Algorithm and Complexity Analysis; Computer System Architecture; Database Design; Software Engineering
  • Annual Tuition: $13,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 18,595
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Cryptography; Operating Systems; Programming Languages
  • Annual Tuition: $14,040
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,864
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Operating Systems; Compiler Design; Embedded Systems; Programmable Mobile/Wireless Technologies and Pervasive Computing; Security and Privacy in Cloud Computing; Web Services
  • Annual Tuition: $14,144
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC ACCJC and WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,638
  • Example Classes:
    Algorithm Design; Computer Communication Networks; Computer Ethics; Database Installation & Configuration; Database Management & Security; Digital Logic Design Lab
  • Annual Tuition: $15,270
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,256
  • 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: $15,775
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,536
  • 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: $15,888
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,570
  • 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: $16,133
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,501
  • Example Classes:
    Computational Cognition; Formal Methods for Software; Introduction to Graduate Study in Computer Science and Software; Research Topics in Computer Networks; Software Re-Engineering; Special Topics
  • Annual Tuition: $16,200
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 31
  • Example Classes:
    Algorithms, Frameworks, and Design Patterns; Application Testing and Metrics; Big Data Analytics; Building Dynamic Websites I; C# Programming II; C++ Programming I
  • Annual Tuition: $16,928
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 16,607
  • Example Classes:
    Animation & Planning in Games; Collaborative and Social Computing; Functional Genomics, Systems Biology, and Bioinformatics; Intelligent Agents; Sensing and Estimation in Robotics; Virtual Reality and 3D Interaction
  • Annual Tuition: $18,870
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9,912
  • Example Classes:
    Complexity; Distributed Systems; Numerical Computing; Parallel and Distributed Computing; Simulation and Modeling; Software Engineering
  • Annual Tuition: $19,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,990
  • 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: $20,175
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 653
  • 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: $20,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,232
  • Example Classes:
    Algorithm Engineering; Computer Arithmetic; Fault-Tolerant Computing; Graph Theory: Algorithms and Applications; Switching Theory and Applications in VLSI CAD; XML and the Enterprise
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