Best Online Bachelor’s in Computer Science Degree Programs

Best Online Bachelor’s in Computer Science Degree Programs

Find top-ranked online bachelor’s in computer science degree programs for students looking to qualify for employment as IT specialists, cybersecurity consultants, multimedia programmers, systems analysts, games developers, web developers, and data scientists.

Frequently Asked Questions About Online Computer Science Degrees

An online bachelor’s degree in computer science offers a comprehensive education on topics such as software development, programming languages, algorithms and artificial intelligence. Students will also learn the fundamentals of computing hardware and architecture.

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Online computer science bachelor’s degrees are available both online and on campus, and students must typically complete 120-128 credits, including a capstone, to earn this degree. Bachelor’s degrees take between 4-5 years to complete for fulltime students.

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Graduates with an online bachelor’s in computer science will qualify for employment in a variety of industries as IT specialists, cybersecurity consultants, multimedia programmers, systems analysts, games developers, web developers, and data scientists.

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Best Online Bachelor's in Computer Science Degree Programs
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How do we determine the best online computer science bachelor's degree programs?

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Pursuing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for an inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Computer Science Degree Programs

  1. #1

    University of Florida

    Gainesville , FL
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Acceptance

    31%

    Graduation

    89%

    Student body

    47K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1390/30

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  2. #3

    Old Dominion University

    Norfolk , VA
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/21

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  3. #4

    Florida Atlantic University

    Boca Raton , FL
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1160/24

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #7

    Lamar University

    Beaumont , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/20

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  5. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    84K

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science

    Concentrations

    • Data Analysis
    • Information Security
    • Project Management
    • Software Engineering
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  6. #9

    Maryville University

    Saint Louis , MO

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    75%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/22

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 132
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  7. #10

    Regent University

    Virginia Beach , VA

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/22

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  8. #11

    University of Illinois Springfield

    Springfield , IL
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1107/22

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science Program
    • Required Credits: 82
    • Completion time: 1-2 Years
    • Format: Online
  9. #12

    Troy University

    Troy , AL
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    13K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1010/21

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science, Applied Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  10. #14

    National University

    La Jolla , CA

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    23K

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion time: 4.5-5.5 years
    • Format: Online
  11. #15

    University of North Alabama

    Florence , AL

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1097/23

    Online Degrees

    BA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Computer Information Systems
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • Professional Management
    • Professsional Marketing
    • Computer Science
    • Information Technology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  12. Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    86%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1062/20

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 75
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  13. #17

    Saint Leo University

    Saint Leo , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    10K

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science Information Assurance
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #18

    Liberty University

    Lynchburg , VA
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $23K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    75K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/24

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computational Mathematics

    Concentrations

    • Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Computer Science Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 121
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  15. #19

    Charleston Southern University

    Charleston , SC

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    54%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1110/25

    Online Degrees

    BT in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  16. #20

    Lewis University

    Romeoville , IL

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    66%

    Graduation

    70%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/24

    Online Degrees

    BA in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 128
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  17. #21

    Simmons University

    Boston , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $43K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    79%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1200/26

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 128
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  18. #22

    Mercy College

    Dobbs Ferry , NY

    Tuition + fees

    $21K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    985/20

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  19. Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    19%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1009/18

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  20. #24

    Elms College

    Chicopee , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/21

    Online Degrees

    BA in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 14-20 months
    • Format: Online
  21. #25

    University of Missouri–St. Louis

    Saint Louis , MO

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/24

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3 years
    • Format: Online
  22. #26

    Point Park University

    Pittsburgh , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1085/22

    Online Degrees

    BS in Applied Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 121
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  23. #27

    Davenport University

    Grand Rapids , MI

    Tuition + fees

    $21K

    Acceptance

    93%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    5K

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  24. #28

    Park University

    Parkville , MO

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    8K

    Online Degrees

    BS in Information and Computer Science

    Concentrations

    • Computer Science Concentration
    • Cybersecurity Concentration
    • Data Management Concentration
    • Information Technology Concentration
    • Networking and Security Concentration
    • Software Development Concentration
    • and Web Development Concentration
    • Required Credits: 46-58
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  25. #29

    Concordia University Texas

    Austin , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    93%

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1045/20

    Online Degrees

    BA in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  26. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    4K

    Online Degrees

    BS in Applied Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  27. Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Student body

    4K

    Online Degrees

    BA in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  28. #32

    National Louis University

    Chicago , IL

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    97%

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    6K

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Sciences
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  29. #33

    Bluefield State College

    Bluefield , WV
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    90%

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    880/18

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 121-122
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  30. #34

    Limestone University

    Gaffney , SC

    Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/21

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science

    Concentrations

    • Computer and Information Systems Security
    • Information Technology
    • Programming
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  31. #35

    Concordia University Ann Arbor

    Ann Arbor , MI

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    61%

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    <1K

    Online Degrees

    BS in Applied Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  32. #36

    William Jessup University

    Rocklin , CA

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/21

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 128
    • Completion time: 4.5-5.5 years
    • Format: Online
  33. Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science

    Concentrations

    • Computer Programming
    • Database Technology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  34. Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 121
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  35. #39

    Central Methodist University

    Fayette , MO

    Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1015/22

    Online Degrees

    BS/BA in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  36. #40

    Voorhees College

    Denmark , SC

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    <1K

    Online Degrees

    BS in Computer Science/Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require a time of adjustment. Although you’ll typically learn the same material and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, going online will require greater independence and responsibility than going in person. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, for harnessing the online educational technology that you’ll need to use, and for completing the course requirements, such as listening to lectures, learning lessons, reading texts, and handing in assignments. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take the initiative in building relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier than campus-based education is ease of access: all you need is a computer and an internet connection for online education. But even this seeming advantage of online education can be misleading: what’s easier, studying online with your computer and internet connection from your home where you need to cook, clean, pay rent, and maintain a job? Or studying on campus in a dorm where all your living needs are handled by the school, and college staff are there to help you every step of the way?

If you take the commute to campus out of the equation, campus-based education is easier. All the support structures available on campus for students, especially with real people to help you in person, are not there online. The demands on you as an online student will largely be the same as for your campus-based counterpart, but without the same helps.

In general, your online courses will present the same material and test you in the same way as traditional in-person courses. In many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning with remote educational technology for the first time, online college may be considerably more challenging than campus-based college. For a few insights on how to manage this new online experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable non-profit institutions on the one end and less-than-reputable for-profit institutions on the other end. Accreditation gives you the power to identify the more reputable actors in online education. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency indicating that a college or university is meeting standards of quality and credibility. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university that is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. For students seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that they opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree. For more on this important topic, check out our What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter? College & University Accreditation Guide.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited (see the previous point), you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer of credits. In many cases, you will encounter some bureaucratic haggling in which some of your credits will be transferred and others may be refused. However, provided that you have attended an online school with recognized regional accreditation, you should be in good shape in transferring your credits earned online.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript, or resumé differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

Some employers may express the concern that because you did your degree online, you may need to transition from an online education experience to in-person workplace experience. But in an age of Covid, that concern seems much diminished. The fact is that much employment these days is remote. And collaboration increasingly happens online over Zoom. Many employers will therefore view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will be less than ideal for you (though depending on your circumstances, it may also be the only viable option).

While there is much in traditional campus-based education that can be substituted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing that can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual in-person classroom setting. As you transition to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face in getting the most out of your online classes is overcoming this difference between “real reality” and “virtual reality.” Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. Above all, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete at your own pace and on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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