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Computer Science

Online Bachelor’s Degree

Our online Computer Science degree is designed with your career in mind. In as few as 18 months, you’ll be ready to exercise computer science skills that employers are looking for, from programming languages and software engineering to algorithm and data analysis.1 With an online Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (CS), you’ll be a master of in-demand skills and technologies like SQL, advanced Java, quality assurance in software development, big data, e-commerce, cloud computing and web analytics that are projected to be in high demand by employers.4 This online CS degree program was designed and reviewed by experts with more than 200 years of combined experience from cutting-edge companies, including Intel, Kennedy Space Center, Lockheed Martin, SharePoint, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), National Geospatial Technology Center, Capgemini and more. You’ll complete your Computer Science degree all online—turning your personal goal of earning a degree into reality.

Along with computer science program-specific skills, you’ll also develop essential soft skills including communication, critical thinking and information literacy, to be career-ready and a strong, well-rounded leader in your field.

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  • Reach Your Potential in a Growing Field

    Computer science skills are central to virtually every industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, software developer jobs from 2020–2030 are projected to grow much faster than average—at 22% versus 8% average for all jobs.2 This means that earning your online Computer Science Bachelor's degree can help you pursue growth and advancement in a career that’s vital to the economy. And we continually review our Computer Science degree program to make sure you stay relevant with this fast-changing industry.

  • Online Computer Science Courses

    Flexible and affordable, online Computer Science courses are designed to give you more control and balance over your busy schedule. Learn through live interactive sessions with faculty and peers, real-world projects and virtual labs. You'll receive continued support from admissions advisors, experienced faculty, library and learning resources, experienced tutors, 24/7 tech support, personal student advisors and career services.

  • Self-Directed Assessments & Empowered Learning™

    The online Computer Science program is available with $149 self-directed assessments, which allow you to show that you already have the skills in a particular course and don’t need to take it. Save time and money with self-directed assessments and other Knowledge Credit™ options.

    Our Computer Science program is also available with Empowered Learning™, which means you can:

    • Access courses anytime, from almost anywhere
    • Go faster when you can, and slower when you need to
    • Create real-world projects that prove your new knowledge
    • Stay connected with faculty and peers in live sessions

    For additional information, visit our Empowered Learning page.

  • Certification Preparation

    Our online Computer Science degree program curriculum is designed to help prepare you to sit for the Java Foundations 1Z0-811 and Database Foundations 1Z0-006 certification exams. Rasmussen University will provide practice exams and materials when available and will even reimburse you for your application fee.3,4

Computer Science Credentials Offered

Computer Science

Bachelor's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning includes

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources
  • Empowered Learning™

Intended for

Students with previous college credits who are interested in gaining skills in demand by employers today, including cloud computing, big data, e-commerce, data analytics, SQL, Java, web analytics and quality assurance in software engineering.

Prepares you for

Software developer, software systems developer, software development engineer, Java developer, computer programmer, e-commerce developer, software applications developer, developer

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What Can You Do with a Computer Science Degree?

Graduates with an online Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science are employed in all sorts of positions in nearly every industry. Learn a bit about the duties, outlook and earning potential for six top computer science careers in this cutting-edge field.

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Turn Your Online Computer Science Education into a Career

We’ve made advancing your computer science education easier by offering Computer Science classes and credentials that fit into the lifestyle of a busy working adult—including self-paced CBE courses. The curriculum is focused on meeting the technological needs projected to be in high demand by employers, in addition to soft skills like communication and critical thinking that promote a well-rounded resume. Our online Computer Science degree also helps you prepare to take the Java Foundations 1Z0-811 and Database Foundations 1Z0-006 certification exams, which are highly valued by employers. Rasmussen University will provide practice exams and materials when available and will even reimburse you for your application fee.3,4

Students with Associate’s degrees in areas such as Web Programming, Game Programming, Software Application Development, Software Engineering or Computer Engineering may be able to jump directly into the online Computer Science Bachelor’s degree with no lower-level prerequisites to complete. As a Bachelor’s degree-completion program, students with a non-related degree may be able to smoothly transition from one career path to another.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.5 Here is an examples of where an online Bachelor's degree in Computer Science can take you.

Software Developers

  • BLS Earnings Data:2

    • $64,470 10th Percentile
    • $90,870 25th Percentile
    • $120,730 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030:2

    22%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree
  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed July 2022] www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed July 2022] www.bls.gov/ooh/. BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
  3. Rasmussen University will reimburse you any out-of-pocket costs of the application fee for each first attempt of up to three designated industry certification exams for which you qualify. Should you need to take an exam more than once to receive a passing grade score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees. Rasmussen University will provide practice exams and materials when available.
  4. Java is a registered trademark of Oracle® and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
  5. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Study. Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment, 2020. Accessed on March 31, 2022. Data is for persons age 25 and older who are full-time wage and salary earners. https://www.bls.gov/emp/chart-unemployment-earnings-education.htm
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