Compiled List of Online Graduate CS/DS Options?

Discussion in 'IT and Computer-Related Degrees' started by deoniceo, Aug 8, 2023.

  1. deoniceo

    deoniceo New Member

    I have spent the last few days researching different options for online graduate degrees in CS/DS. Although I am very much interested in the UT MSDS degree, I thought I would cast a wider net as I approach the time to apply.

    I am curious if such a list already exists, or if there is a an appropriate place to start one. Maybe on the WIKI? The various colleges mentioned in threads seem to get buried easily.
  2. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    Eastern has an MS in Data Science
    Georgia Tech has an MSCS
    Dakota State University has an MS and PhD
  3. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

  4. Jonathan Whatley

    Jonathan Whatley Well-Known Member

    A few others:
    US: Clarkson University, Harvard Extension School [short residency], Merrimack College, Saint Leo University, University of Colorado Boulder, Western Governors University [if an MS in Data Analytics counts]
    UK: Keele University, University of Sunderland, University of Wolverhampton
    IN: Chandigarh University
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  5. deoniceo

    deoniceo New Member

    Below is a screenshot of my own personal research and includes many schools suggested on this site and some I've found through other means.

    This was just for my own use, so some of the information and may not make sense to others. I was just gathering what schools offered online (and in some cases hybrid) learning, their ranking, cost per credit, total cost, and credits required for doctoral and masters degrees.


    I used the following website to obtain ranking information. Not that the ranking is perfect, but using a single source makes the rankings comparable:

    The tool used, if interested, is It's a very and free nice note-taking app.

    Attached Files:

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  6. deoniceo

    deoniceo New Member

    I saw a few suggestions here that I don't have on my list. I'll check them out. The two lists from are especially a nice find. Thanks!
  7. Jonathan Whatley

    Jonathan Whatley Well-Known Member

    GetEducated also has a CS/IT doctorate list.

    That Syracuse DPS is from a library and information science department. Other online doctorates from library and information science departments: Dominican University [Illinois], Emporia State University, San Jose State University, University of Alabama, University of Missouri Columbia.
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  8. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member


    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    The list is not completely accurate, for example, University of the Cumberlands is Ph.D. in IT not IS. There is no evidence shows hat Auburn University and Boston University offering Ph.D in CS online or limited residency requirements.
  10. Stupid question. What it means #D and #+MS?

  11. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    Not stupid at all. That is how many credits for a doctorate if you don't have a master's, and how many credits it will be if you do. Usually the master's means you can transfer some credit in so you take less courses for the doctorate.
  12. Tks Dustin

    So, having a master, I can complete a PhD with 45 credits at UALR.

    I looked everywhere in their site but I couldn’t find this information. @deoniceo where did you find this info?


  13. deoniceo

    deoniceo New Member

    To caveat the
    Hi TEKMAN,

    This is good to call out. The list I have is only my preliminary research and has not been vetted and should not be relied on without first checking. I just wanted to share a list of potential programs I found and was curious if there was already such a list.

    Cumberlands looks to be an oversight. For Boston and Auburn, I could swear I found a page discussing their online PhD programs after digging around a while. I will have to go back through to see why I marked them as online.
  14. deoniceo

    deoniceo New Member

    Hi Rafa,

    Here is what I found regarding hours transferred from a previous master's degree. Looks like they will accept transfer of a master's as long as it was earned in the last 5 years and coursework is approved. This is not definitive, but for my purpose was good enough to give me an idea of pricing:

    Under "Transfer of Credit":


    And then under "Program Requirements":

  15. Perfect!!

    Tks man!!


  16. deoniceo

    deoniceo New Member

    Sure thing. Also, note that on the total cost column, that is just an estimate. It doesn't always align to the credits x cost per credit. It's supposed to represent the "optimized" cost of obtaining that degree, when considering transferring in credits from a master's degree at a cheaper school (Eastern / UT). Mississippi is the only school where it seems to be cheaper to complete the entire PhD versus first obtaining a master's somewhere else.
  17. AsianStew

    AsianStew Moderator Staff Member

    That's a good graph, the pricing may have changed for a few programs as well, it's a good start though. I would finalize the Masters you're looking at and if you need the Doctorate/PhD, look into a program that suits you and meets your needs. Very interesting and informative share, some pretty good choices to select from too, seems like a good partial list to start from at least.
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  19. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    Here are a few that I think are great options, albeit pricy. If those reading have viewed the board long, they’ll know I always list some pretty pricey, yet highly respected, programs.

    •UC Berkeley - Masters in Information and Data Science (MIDS)
    •University of Michigan - Masters in Applied Data Science (MADS)
    •University if Virginia - Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS)
    •Rice University - Masters in Data Science

    All (4) of these programs are at highly respected institutions and come with a hefty price. One thing to note is the UC Berkeley program is only 27 units (9 courses) I believe. I personally prefer programs with a minimum of 30 units/credit hours (10 courses). Whether that makes a difference to anyone else, I do not know.

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