Susan Lee talks about why she chose to leave her career and return to school to pursue a degree in computer science at Oregon State.

Computing has become pervasive, touching nearly every aspect of our lives. A degree in computer science can open up opportunities for employment in the software development industry, but also in many areas including healthcare, business, science, medicine, graphics, utilities and education.

This program offers a bachelor’s degree in computer science for students with a previous bachelor’s in another area. According to labor experts “hybrid careers” combining “computing with other fields will increasingly be the new American jobs of the future...” — The New York Times

How do I know if computer science is for me?

Computer science an exciting and challenging field and it is constantly evolving. Computer scientists need to work on teams, be tenacious about solving problems, take an analytical approach to problem-solving, and focus on the details. Analytical problem solving and analytical thought are fundamental to computer science. The rewards can be great for those who enjoy the work. To explore this more fully and try your hand at programming, visit our page Is CS for Me?

How long will the program take?

We offer flexible plans that enable students to complete the degree at a pace that works best for them. Majority of our students prefer to take two courses per term which meet with the financial aid eligibility.

How is this different from a degree on-campus?

You will be getting the same degree as the on-campus students. The diploma will read, “B.S. in Computer Science.” The online courses are based on the courses offered on-campus and designed by experienced faculty.

How much will it cost?

Tuition and fees for 2018-19 is $487 per credit. This amounts to $29,220 for the entire program (60 credits). To put this in perspective, consider average salaries in 2017 were $74,183 for computer science graduates (National Association of Colleges and Employers). For more information about costs visit the Tuition and Fees page.

How do I get started?

Visit the Admissions Process page to find out how to start the application process.

Who is enrolling in the program?Previous degrees of students in OSU's Professional CS Online Degree Program

  • 1,482 enrolled for Winter 2018
  • There is a broad range of people with backgrounds as diverse as journalism, psychology, political science, anthropology, chemistry, business, accounting, history, engineering, music, law and philosophy. Individuals with backgrounds in humanities and social sciences make up the largest proportion of the student population.
  • Twenty percent of the online degree students are women, which exceeds the North American graduation rate of 13 percent.
  • Visit the Graduate Success page to learn more about the students who have completed the degree.

What are the job prospects for computer science?

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of computer and information technology occupations will grow much faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 557,100 new jobs between 2016 and 2026.

One-quarter of the 100 top jobs listed in CNNMoney/PayScale’s report, “Best Jobs in America,” are based on computer science.

To get more information about the Professional Computer Science B.S. Degree Program you can fill out the contact form request from Ecampus or call the program Admissions Coordinator at 541-737-2829.