Frostburg State Online Master’s in Applied Computer Science Ranks Fourth in America as “Best Buy”

Oct 6, 2017 10:10 AM

Frostburg State Online Master’s in Applied Computer Science Ranks Fourth in America as “Best Buy”

Frostburg State University’s online Master of Science in Applied Computer Science has been ranked fourth on’s newest “Best Buy” list of the nation’s 19 most affordable online master’s of computer science degrees. The national affordability ranking was the result of a comprehensive, data-driven review of 41 online computer science master’s programs.

“The Frostburg State University Master of Science in Applied Computer Science received great marks in our 2017 ranking report. This program represents the future of online learning, providing students real-life computer science challenges in an affordable program,” said Tony Huffman, president of “Frostburg State’s MS in Applied Computer Science ranked fourth as a best buy in a group of over 40 institutions. Not only is it affordable, but alumni of the program working at organizations like the FBI, NSA, NASA, Google and Apple attest to its quality.” calculated the national average in-state cost of a computer science master’s program at a regionally accredited institution at $27,500. Even for out-of-state students, Frostburg’s program is significantly less expensive. Frostburg’s total in-state program cost was calculated to be $12,270; total out-of-state costs were $15,630.

“Our online Master’s in Applied Computer Science is a perfect opportunity for new college graduates and career-changers alike, offering the practical skills and experiences needed to thrive in the rapidly expanding high-tech sector,” said Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Joseph Hoffman. “This ranking highlights the incredible value students are getting with this degree program.”

Frostburg’s online MS in Applied Computer Science offers flexibility for working computer science professionals, including an optional introductory track for individuals with no computer science background. Enrollees can specialize in a database concentration or a general computer science specialization offering broad, applied knowledge of computer networking and communications, software engineering, artificial intelligence and web design.

Recent Frostburg graduates can earn their MS in Applied Computer Science in as little as one year. Career changers on the optional introductory track can earn their degree in one and a half to two years.

Over the past decade, has ranked several other Frostburg online programs as Best Buys, including FSU’s AACSB-accredited MBA program; RN to BSN program; Master’s in Recreation and Parks Management; and the Master of Education, Special Education concentration.

To view’s ranking of the 19 Most Affordable Online Master’s of Computer Science, visit

For more information about FSU’s Master’s in Applied Computer Science program, visit is a consumer organization that publishes online college and university rankings along the dimensions of affordability and credibility. The company was founded in 1989 by a psychologist and educator and was created in partnership with America Online and the Electronic University Network.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.