Recognized by Computer Science Online
The criteria used by Computer Science Online consists of:
- Not-for-profit schools only
- Must offer an online master’s degree in one of eleven CS-related fields: computer science, computer engineering, computer forensics, cyber security, database administration, information security, information technology, networking, programming, software engineering or web development
Schools were scored based on:
- Online tuition cost
- Job placement for graduates
- Academic & career counseling services
- ABET accreditation
UofL received a score of 96.97, trailing only West Virginia University (97.79), University of Massachusetts-Lowell (97.56) and the University of Hawaii at Manoa (97.44).
UofL offers three online programs in the computer science field. Offered through the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, the online master’s degree program in computer science requires completion of 30 credits. It is also available in a blended format, which allows students to complete some classes on campus.
The core curriculum is split into the areas of foundations, software and analytics, with courses including computer networks, algorithms, software engineering, numerical analysis and data mining. The program culminates in either a graduate thesis or project.
Two online graduate certificate programs are also available, and both are offered completely online. For the 18-credit graduate certificate in data mining, students take core courses in databases, data mining and data mining with linear models, plus an additional three courses in areas such as web mining, artificial intelligence and data warehousing. The certificate program in network and information security consists of only four courses, with two required courses in cryptology and information security.
Applicants to the master’s degree program must hold a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA and score 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. Certificate program applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field.