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?

It is possible for students to earn their computer science degree in 12 months. The one-year track is intense and requires full-time status as an online student. Applications for the one-year track are accepted in Fall, Winter and Spring terms only. Students can choose from a variety of track plans including 1-year, 1.5-year, 2-year, 3-year and 4-year track options.

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 2017-18 is $478 per credit. This amounts to $28,680 for the entire program (60 credits). To put this in perspective, consider average salaries in 2015 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?

The requirements are: a bachelor’s degree in another area, completion of college algebra, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. Visit the Admissions Process page to find out how to start the application process or request information from Ecampus.

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.
  • There is also an option to take classes in the program for individuals that are not seeking a degree.

What are the job prospects for computer science?

There is a shortage of tech talent in all regions of the country according to a survey of executives by Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) released in November 2013:

  • 63 percent responded that they will hire in the next 12 months
  • 80 percent of Oregon companies plan to hire in the next 12 months

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.