Columbus State’s Online Computer Science Master’s Program a Nationwide ‘Best Buy’

Online Computer Science Masters Best Buy stampCOLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University’s online computer science graduate program is a “Top 10 Best Buy,” according to the latest rankings by

The consumer group specializing in online education ranks the TSYS School of Computer Science’s online Master of Science in Applied Computer Science and Information Assurance as No. 2 among programs nationwide in value for consumers concerned with affordability.
Columbus State’s degree carries a $7,956 price, while the national, average cost of an online computer science master’s degree is $24,918.

“CSU is a national leader in the quest to make higher education more affordable as well as more accessible through the innovative use of distance learning technologies,” said Vicky Phillips,'s founder. “CSU is on the GetEducated list of forward thinking universities where technology is being harnessed for remarkable public good.” 

East Carolina University tops the list by way of its $5,070 cost to “resident” enrollees. Separately, nonresident students end up spending $20,790, according to GetEducated.

CSU’s price is single-tiered.

Georgia Southern University’s $12,350 price places its program ninth in the rankings and closest to CSU among schools in Georgia. View the list here:

The rankings are based on's Spring 2011 review of regionally accredited and regional candidate online master's degree programs in computer science or IT. The listed figures represent an estimated sticker price for the entire program as actual costs can vary per student.

The “Best Buy” designation follows recent national recognitions for the same program and CSU's Turner College of Business and Computer Science.

The degree's information assurance track recently drew Columbus State a designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education from the National Security Administration.

Earlier this year, Columbus State’s online MBA program, as part of the Georgia Web MBA consortium, was rated by as best in the country for student satisfaction and the public’s perception of its quality.

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