Top Computer Programming Degree Program - Washington, DC

Sep 18, 2022

School and Ranking Information

There are several universities in or within a commutable distance from Washington, DC, that provide degree programs in computer programming. Most of these are private, not-for-profit schools. Based on student population, distinction and number of degrees conferred, the following university is considered a top school in the Washington, DC, area for computer programming studies:

  • Winner: Located less than ten miles from Washington, DC in Adelphi, Maryland, the University of Maryland - University College offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program in computer science, as well as a B.S. in Software Development and Security. Both programs include computer programming coursework. Additional undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available in computer and information sciences, as are undergraduate and graduate certificates.

School Info Chart

Category University of Maryland - University College
Distinction One of America's Best Online Learning Schools by Newsweek (2022)*
Location Adelphi, Maryland
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2021-2022) Undergrad: $7,704 (in state); $12,336 (out-of-state)**
Computer and Information Science Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Certificate
Most Computer and Information Science Degrees Awarded in 2020-2021 542 (Bachelor's)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2015 Entering Class 21%**
Noteworthy Has a global presence, with divisions in Asia and Europe; a major provider of education to the U.S. military, present on installations in more than 25 countries and territories*

Sources: *University of Maryland - University College; **NCES College Navigator

University of Maryland - University College

  • Online and on-site formats available
  • On-site locations available at numerous locations in Maryland and Washington, DC
  • Students in the Computer Information Systems and Technology Department can join a computing club, which hosts various online events

The University of Maryland - University College (UMUC) is a public university that is part of the University System of Maryland. The university currently offers over 100 online bachelor's and master's degree programs. The Department of Computer Information Systems and Technology at UMUC offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs with coursework in computer programming, though only bachelor's-level options are discussed here.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program prepares students for both post-graduation employment in fields like computer programming or software engineering, and for graduate studies. Students take courses in calculus, computer science, programming languages and discrete structures. A capstone experience is required for graduation.

The Bachelor of Science in Software Development and Security program offers several programming courses. In addition to introductory and intermediate programming courses, students can learn about programming languages for MACs and PCs. C#, Java and Objective programming languages are discussed. Cloud programming and programming for the iPhone and iPad are other related courses offered in this program.

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