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Computer Science, BS - Computer Networking Option

Computer Networking Degree

Discover how to design, implement, maintain and secure computer networks through a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, with a focus on Computer Networking. The University of Central Missouri’s expert faculty for our Computer Networking degree will introduce you to the latest technologies while providing you with hands-on training. 

An HCL-accredited bachelor’s degree that combines computer science and computer networking

Technology is integral in every aspect of our lives. Cloud computing and computer networking professionals widely impact the success of a business. You’ll prepare to lead in this growing tech field as you pursue a Computer Science and Networking degree. Determine where important information is stored, enable team members to stay connected and provide the tools colleagues need to back up, maintain and recover valuable information.

A Computer Networking degree program with online courses

UCM’s Computer Networking degree is mainly in person, but many courses are offered online. You can advance your career on your schedule by taking courses as a full- or part-time student.

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95% of students land a job or continue their education within 6 months

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Top 15% best value program

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One of the largest CS programs in Missouri

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Learn cloud computing and systems design

What you will study

Much like a web developer degree, you’ll take core coursework in computer programming, data structures, operating systems, programming languages and more. Unlike a web development degree, though, you’ll choose from dozens of electives to specialize your Computer Networking degree in cloud computing, systems design, software development and other fields. This flexibility helps set the University of Central Missouri apart from other programs. Choose from topics in client-side and server-side web programming, computer systems administration and web applications security. 

UCM’s Computer Networking degree offers much more than web development degrees by balancing both hardware and software aspects of computer networks. You’ll learn the latest technologies to develop web applications, plus how to make them secure. 

During your final year, you will collaborate with other Software Development and Software Engineering students on a substantial project in a capstone course. Working with our industry partners, you will apply the knowledge and skills you’ve learned and pursue a real-world project related to computer networking and cloud computing. Your project might involve group dynamics, ethical and professional responsibility or another topic you’re interested in.


Excellence in Computer Science

  • 95%: UCM Computer Science majors, including Computer Networking degree graduates, are employed or in graduate school within six months after completing our program.
  • Top 15%: Best value college for computer and information sciences (College Factual)


Unique learning opportunities in computer networking

The University of Central Missouri’s Computer Networking degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills to develop, install, maintain and troubleshoot software applications that will reside in the cloud, internet and local networks. You’ll learn from leading experts with web developer degrees and other areas of specialty who train networking professionals throughout Missouri and beyond. 

Our Computer Networking degree helps you get hands-on, real-world job experience here on campus and beyond through:

  • Undergraduate research: Our more than 20 faculty members conduct theoretical and applied research and publish their results in major research journals. They’ll help you pursue research that interests you — whether it’s through independent study, 1-on-1 classes or a collaborative research project. It’s our goal for you to take what you’ve learned from our degree in Computer Networking and help advance our profession.
  • Internships: UCM has multiple industry partners that provide internships to students in computer science, cloud computing and web developer degree-related courses. These are great ways for you to gain valuable experience — and earn college credit — as you build your resume and skill set to increase your marketability for computer networking jobs. 
  • Programming competitions: UCM Computer Networking majors compete against students from web development degree programs, cloud computing degrees and related computer science fields at other colleges and universities in programming competitions. You’ll have the chance to participate in the International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC) and 48-hour Code-A-Thons. We also host on-campus Game Jams for students in all Computer Science programs. These events challenge your expertise, help you solve problems alongside your classmates and give you valuable experience.
  • Study abroad: France, Germany and the Netherlands are just a few locations where you could study abroad. You’ll gain a new perspective as you immerse yourself in another culture while taking classes that help you earn your Computer Networking degree. The University of Central Missouri offers study abroad scholarships and grants, so you may also be able to get financial aid to help pay for your travels.


What can you do with a Computer Networking degree from UCM?

Computer networking professionals keep network systems running smoothly. You might be developing the next great cloud-based application, working in full stack development, perfecting the user experience, maintaining software and hardware, keeping a watchful eye on potential problems, analyzing issues that arise and much more. 

More on computer networking careers

Explore the many ways Computer Networking degrees are used in the computer science field. You can also check out job outlooks, salary expectations and other valuable career insights for graduates with web development degrees, cloud computing degrees and other computer science expertise.




Financial assistance options for your Computer Networking degree

At the University of Central Missouri, you get the best of both worlds: a well-respected degree that is also affordable. We offer competitive tuition rates, and we have a variety of opportunities and resources to help you finance your college education

In addition to tutoring and teaching assistantships, we also have scholarships specifically for Computer Science and Computer Networking students, including:

  • ACM Scholarship
  • Brown Scholarship
  • Computer Science Achievement Award
  • Griffith Scholarship
  • Harmon Scholarship
  • Kennedy Scholarship
  • Moore Scholarship
  • Computer Science Achievement Award


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