2020 Most Affordable Master's in Computer Science Online

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
2020 Most Affordable Computer Science Masters Degrees Badge
By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

The 24 schools on this list represent the most affordable options for obtaining an online master's degree in computer science. Georgia Institute of Technology is the #1 school on the list, offering a tuition rate of $2,550 annually. Georgia Tech offers an online Master's in Computer Science with concentrations in Computational Perception & Robotics, Computing Systems, and Machine Learning. Second-ranked Georgia Southwestern State University is a similarly affordable option, with an annual tuition of only $3,855.

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

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Georgia Institute of Technology $2,550
# 2 #2 Georgia Southwestern State University $3,855
# 3 #3 The University of West Florida $4,250
# 4 #4 Columbus State University $4,935
# 5 #5 Southeast Missouri State University $5,475
# 6 #6 University of Illinois at Springfield $6,448
# 7 #7 Southern Arkansas University $6,600
# 8 #8 Mississippi State University $7,824
# 9 #9 Campbellsville University $7,875
# 10 #10 University of Idaho $8,235
# 11 #11 Frostburg State University $8,400
# 12 #12 University of South Carolina-Columbia $8,583
# 13 #13 University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth $9,135
# 14 #14 Capitol Technology University $9,270
# 15 #15 Old Dominion University $9,520
# 16 #16 University of Louisiana-Lafayette $9,617
# 17 #17 Dakota State University $10,357
# 18 #18 City University of Seattle $10,400
# 19 #19 Arizona State University $10,640
# 20 #20 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign $10,720
# 21 (tie) #21 (tie) University of Louisville $11,460
# 21 (tie) #21 (tie) University of North Dakota $11,460
# 23 #23 University of Bridgeport $11,560
# 24 #24 Nova Southeastern University $12,735
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $2,550
Annual Tuition: $2,550
Annual Tuition: $2,550
  • Online Degrees: 7
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 87%
  • Acceptance Rate: 23%
  • Average SATs: 1390 -1540
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 530
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 9,322
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (404) 894-2000

Example Classes: Advanced Operating Systems, Computational Photography, Computer Networks, Computer Vision, Software Development Process

#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $3,855
Annual Tuition: $3,855
Annual Tuition: $3,855
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 29%
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1120
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 624
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 124
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Example Classes: Advanced Computer Graphics, Decision Support Systems, Distributed Operating Systems, Human-Computer Interaction and Interface Design, Internet Architect and Protocols

#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $4,250
Annual Tuition: $4,250
Annual Tuition: $4,250
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Average SATs: 1080 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,928
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,504
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (850) 474-2000

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

#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $4,935
Annual Tuition: $4,935
Annual Tuition: $4,935
  • Online Degrees: 7
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 37%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 870 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 737
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 781
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (706) 507-8800

Example Classes: Advanced Computer Architecture, Computer Forensics, Computer Network and Management, Contemporary Issues in Database Management Systems, Simulation Project, Survey of Modeling and Simulation

#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $5,475
Annual Tuition: $5,475
Annual Tuition: $5,475
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,356
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 456
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (573) 651-2000

Example Classes: Advanced Robotics, Computer Architecture, Data Mining, Distributed Cloud Computing, Machine Learning

#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $6,448
Annual Tuition: $6,448
Annual Tuition: $6,448
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1218
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 942
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 944
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 206-6600

Example Classes: Computer Cryptography and Digital Steganography, Computer Graphics, Design and Evaluation of User Interfaces, NoSQL Databases, RoboEthics, Wired Perspectives

#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $6,600
Annual Tuition: $6,600
Annual Tuition: $6,600
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 261
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 608
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (870) 235-4000

Example Classes: Advanced Programming Concepts, Applied Cryptography, Computer Networking, Database Management Systems, Network Security, User Interface Implementation, Web Programming

#8
#8

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State (MS)
Annual Tuition: $7,824
Annual Tuition: $7,824
Annual Tuition: $7,824
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1330
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 812
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 973
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (662) 325-2323

Example Classes: AI Robotics, Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Database Management Systems, Machine Learning

#9
#9

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville (KY)
Annual Tuition: $7,875
Annual Tuition: $7,875
Annual Tuition: $7,875
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1153
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 529
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 832
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (270) 789-5000 x5000

Example Classes: Artificial Intelligence, Current & Emerging Technology, Cyber Security, Disaster Recovery Planning, Software Engineering

#10
#10

University of Idaho

Moscow (ID)
Annual Tuition: $8,235
Annual Tuition: $8,235
Annual Tuition: $8,235
  • Online Degrees: 12
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 441
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 563
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (888) 884-3246

Example Classes: Advanced Operating Systems, Compiler Design, Computational Biology: Sequence Analysis, Fault-Tolerant Systems, Parallel Algorithms, Real-Time Operating Systems

#11
#11
Annual Tuition: $8,400
Annual Tuition: $8,400
Annual Tuition: $8,400
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1110
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 506
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 358
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (301) 687-4000

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

#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $8,583
Annual Tuition: $8,583
Annual Tuition: $8,583
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 77%
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Average SATs: 1190 -1360
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 140
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,469
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (803) 777-7000

Example Classes: Analysis of Algorithms, Compiler Construction, Computer Architecture

#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $9,135
Annual Tuition: $9,135
Annual Tuition: $9,135
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 629
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 430
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (508) 999-8000

Example Classes: Algorithms and Complexity, Database Design, Mobile Robotics, Neural Computing, Paradigmatic Software Development, Software System Design

#14
#14
Annual Tuition: $9,270
Annual Tuition: $9,270
Annual Tuition: $9,270
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 100
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 291
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (301) 369-2800

Example Classes: Data Structures, Database Management, Discrete Management, Numerical Methods, Object Oriented Programming, Software Testing

#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $9,520
Annual Tuition: $9,520
Annual Tuition: $9,520
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,736
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,275
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (757) 683-3000

Example Classes: Algorithms and Data Structures, Computational Geometry, Methods and Applications, Computer Architecture

#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $9,617
Annual Tuition: $9,617
Annual Tuition: $9,617
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,200
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 729
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (377) 482-1000

Example Classes: Computational Genomics, Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Digital Signal Processing, Image Processing, Network Security

#17
#17
Annual Tuition: $10,357
Annual Tuition: $10,357
Annual Tuition: $10,357
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Average SATs: 960 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,234
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 343
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (605) 256-5111

Example Classes: Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms, Machine Learning Fundamentals, Operating Systems & Parallel Programming, Structure and Design Programming Language, Theory of Computation

#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $10,400
Annual Tuition: $10,400
Annual Tuition: $10,400
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 50%
  • Graduation Rate: 0%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 341
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 270
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (800) 426-5596

Example Classes: Data Exploration and Visualization, Ethical Obligations in Information Security, Software Testing, System Administration for Information Security, Technology Implementation and Change

#19
#19

Arizona State University

Tempe (AZ) (and 4 others)
Annual Tuition: $10,640
Annual Tuition: $10,640
Annual Tuition: $10,640
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 66%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1091 -1298
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 28,353
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 9,021
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Example Classes: Data Processing at Scale, Data Visualization, Distributed Software Development, Software Analysis and Design, Software Verification, Validation, and Testing, Statistical Machine Learning

#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $10,720
Annual Tuition: $10,720
Annual Tuition: $10,720
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 62%
  • Graduation Rate: 84%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Average SATs: 1200 -1460
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 419
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,348
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 333-1000

Example Classes: Advanced Bayesian Modelling, Applied Machine Learning, Cloud Computing Capstone, Parallel Computing, Programming Languages and Compilers, Theory & Practice of Data Cleaning

#21
#21

University of Louisville

Louisville (KY)
Annual Tuition: $11,460
Annual Tuition: $11,460
Annual Tuition: $11,460
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,005
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 902
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (502) 852-5555

Example Classes: Automata Theory, Data Image Processing, Distributed Systems, Modeling and Analysis, Performance Evaluation, Simulations

#21
#21

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks (ND)
Annual Tuition: $11,460
Annual Tuition: $11,460
Annual Tuition: $11,460
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,867
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,664
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 225-5863

Example Classes: Cloud Computing, Computer Networks, Data Engineering and Management, Machine Learning, Scientific Visualization

#23
#23

University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport (CT)
Annual Tuition: $11,560
Annual Tuition: $11,560
Annual Tuition: $11,560
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 900 -1090
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 406
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 452
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (203) 576-4000

Example Classes: Analysis of Algorithms, Engineering Colloquium, Mobile and Pervasive Computing, Object-Oriented Programming Using C++, Smartphone App Development, Unix System Programming

#24
#24

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale (FL)
Annual Tuition: $12,735
Annual Tuition: $12,735
Annual Tuition: $12,735
  • Online Degrees: 7
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Average SATs: 1080 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 366
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 6,131
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (954) 262-7300

Example Classes: Applied Cryptography, Operating Systems, Programming Languages