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2021 Most Popular Computer & Information Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools

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Finding the Best Computer & Information Sciences Graduate Certificate School for You

With 51,096 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, computer and information sciences is the #6 most popular major in the United States.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Grad Degree Search has created its Most Popular Computer & Information Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 251 schools in the United States to see which graduate certificate programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Computer & Information Sciences program at each school on the list.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for computer and information sciences majors pursuing a graduate certificate.

#1

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Our analysis found Syracuse University to be the most popular school for computer and information sciences students who want to pursue a graduate certificate in the United States. Syracuse is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Syracuse.

About 42% of the students majoring in computer and information sciences at the school are women while 58% are male.

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The in-demand graduate certificate programs at University of Maryland Global Campus helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular computer and information sciences schools in the United States. Located in the large suburb of Adelphi, UMGC is a public college with a very large student population.

About 38% of the students majoring in computer and information sciences at the school are women while 62% are male.

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Out of the 251 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Phoenix - Arizona landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Tempe, UOPX - Arizona is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

Women make up 38% of the computer and information sciences majors at the school.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Naval Postgraduate School. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Most Popular Computer & Information Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Monterey, Naval Postgraduate School is a public school with a small student population.

About 19% of the students majoring in computer and information sciences at the school are women while 81% are male.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Kennesaw State University is a great place for computer and information sciences students working on their graduate certificate. KSU Georgia is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Kennesaw.

About 35% of the students majoring in computer and information sciences at the school are women while 65% are male.

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With a ranking of #6, University of St Thomas Minnesota did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer and information sciences students working on their graduate certificate. Located in the city of Saint Paul, UST MN is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Women make up 38% of the computer and information sciences majors at the school.

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Pennsylvania State University - World Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer and information sciences students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the rural area of University Park, Penn State World Campus is a public school with a fairly small student population.

Of the 98 students majoring in computer and information sciences at Penn State World Campus, 88% are male and 12% are female.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer and information sciences students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #8 on the list. UNOMAHA is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Omaha.

Women make up 39% of the computer and information sciences majors at the school.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer & Information Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. UW - Madison is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Madison.

Women make up 28% of the computer and information sciences majors at the school.

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Rochester Institute of Technology ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular Computer & Information Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools list. RIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Rochester.

About 28% of the students majoring in computer and information sciences at the school are women while 72% are male.

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#11

Sans Technology Institute

Bethesda, MD

Sans Technology Institute came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer & Information Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. Sans Technology Institute is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of Bethesda.

About 5% of the students majoring in computer and information sciences at the school are women while 95% are male.

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#12

Towson University

Towson, MD

Towson University ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Computer & Information Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the small city of Towson, Towson is a public college with a very large student population.

Women make up 44% of the computer and information sciences majors at the school.

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular graduate certificate computer and information sciences programs. Located in the large suburb of West Chester, WCUPA is a public school with a large student population.

Women make up 13% of the computer and information sciences majors at the school.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular Computer & Information Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools list. U-M is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor.

Of the 57 students majoring in computer and information sciences at U-M, 46% are male and 54% are female.

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#15

Seattle University

Seattle, WA

Seattle University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer and information sciences students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the city of Seattle, Seattle U is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

About 48% of the students majoring in computer and information sciences at the school are women while 52% are male.

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The University of Texas at Dallas did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer and information sciences students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #16 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Richardson, UT Dallas is a public college with a very large student population.

Of the 51 students majoring in computer and information sciences at UT Dallas, 37% are male and 63% are female.

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DeVry University - Illinois landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular graduate certificate computer and information sciences programs. Located in the city of Chicago, DeVry University - Illinois is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

About 35% of the students majoring in computer and information sciences at the school are women while 65% are male.

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#18

Regis University

Denver, CO

With a ranking of #18, Regis University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer and information sciences students working on their graduate certificate. Located in the city of Denver, Regis U is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

Of the 48 students majoring in computer and information sciences at Regis U, 79% are male and 21% are female.

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University of North Texas came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer & Information Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Denton, UNT is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 78% of the computer and information sciences majors at the school.

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#20

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer & Information Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public school with a very large student population.

Of the 43 students majoring in computer and information sciences at GMU, 70% are male and 30% are female.

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#21

University of Denver

Denver, CO

University of Denver did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer and information sciences students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the large city of Denver, DU is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

Of the 36 students majoring in computer and information sciences at DU, 58% are male and 42% are female.

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American Public University System ranked #22 on this year’s Most Popular Computer & Information Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

Women make up 29% of the computer and information sciences majors at the school.

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Illinois State University landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular graduate certificate computer and information sciences programs. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public college with a very large student population.

About 46% of the students majoring in computer and information sciences at the school are women while 54% are male.

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Washington University in St Louis landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular graduate certificate computer and information sciences programs. Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

About 14% of the students majoring in computer and information sciences at the school are women while 86% are male.

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#22

Hood College

Frederick, MD

Hood College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer and information sciences students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the small city of Frederick, Hood is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Of the 28 students majoring in computer and information sciences at Hood, 79% are male and 21% are female.

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#26

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN
#26

Portland State University

Portland, OR
#26

Norwich University

Northfield, VT
#29

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY
#30

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#31

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL
#32

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
#33

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN
#34

Dakota State University

Madison, SD
#37

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also popular but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Computer & Information Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools award.

Rank College Location
39 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
39 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
41 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
42 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
42 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
42 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
42 University at Albany Albany, NY
46 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
46 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
46 University of Baltimore Baltimore, MD
46 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
50 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
50 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA

Computer & Information Sciences by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Computer & Information Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 17,155
Computer Science 12,884
Information Technology 8,964
Information Science 7,072
Computer Software & Applications 2,830
Computer Systems Analysis 772
Computer Systems Networking 713
Other Computer & Information Sciences 486
Computer Programming 147
Data Processing 73

Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 63,808
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 27,505
Mathematics & Statistics 13,820
Physical Sciences 13,573
Architecture & Related Services 7,816

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Almonroth.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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