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Fortune ranks School of Computing master’s programs among top in U.S. for 2022

Online programs in computing, cybersecurity; in-person data science get nods

Students work together in front of a computer in the DePaul School of Computing
DePaul's in-person data science program is among the top in the country according to new rankings from Fortune. (Image courtesy of University Marketing & Communications)
New rankings out this summer from Fortune have placed three graduate programs from the Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media among the top in the country for 2022. The online master’s degree in computer science ranked fourth in the nation. The in-person data science master’s program and the online master’s in cybersecurity both earned 14th place in their respective rankings.

“These rankings are a testament to the excellence and dedication of our faculty, as well as the hard work of our students and alumni,” says Ljubomir Perkovic, director of the School of Computing. “These key programs are preparing our graduates for jobs that are in demand, with high job satisfaction rates and financial security.”

DePaul takes the no. 4 spot in Fortune’s ranking for online master’s degrees in computer science. With some 200 students enrolled online and about 300 more in the on-campus program, the demand for this degree reflects what Fortune calls a “flourishing industry” with a matching job market. The editors note the information technology sector needs more well-trained professionals to match industry growth — and computer science degree programs seek to meet this demand.

Fortune notes  DePaul’s online master’s program in computer science is accessible for career-changers. All School of Computing master’s programs are test-optional and do not require an undergraduate degree in computer science or even programming experience. After graduation, alumni typically start their computing careers as software engineers.

For the master’s degree in data science, Fortune assessed 28 programs for selectivity and demand. DePaul’s in-person program took the 14th spot in the rankings. With concentrations in computational methods, health care, marketing and hospitality, the data science degree gives students the technical knowledge and advanced computational skills to meet emerging challenges in big data analytics.

Data science faculty member Roselyne Tchoua is an Equity Research Fellow with the Sinai Urban Health Institute, where she uses machine learning to reduce repeat visits to the emergency department

“It’s exciting to be in a field like data science that has to be interdisciplinary, and at a university where it’s encouraged to work on applied research problems,” Tchoua says.

The online master’s in cybersecurity also earned the 14th spot. “Across sectors, ransomware attacks and threats are on the rise, making the cybersecurity industry one of the fastest-growing and most critical industries in the world,” Fortune reports. DePaul’s program was rated highly for selectivity, student graduation rates and demand.

Cybersecurity faculty at DePaul are leaders in their fields who also work hard to drive positive change. Last year, for example, cybersecurity faculty member Filipo Sharevski developed a program to bring cybersecurity education to high school teachers for which he was awarded a $949,000 grant from the National Security Agen​​cy.

“Computing has become indispensable across sectors,” Perkovic says. “Many of today’s students want to engage with the pressing social, political, and environmental issues of the day. A master’s degree from DePaul helps students chart their own pathway into computing careers.”

Learn more about Jarvis CDM’s graduate programs online.