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Computer Science and Engineering

The Ohio State University

48 months
37947 USD/year
35019 USD/year
11936 USD/year
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The Computer Science and Engineering program at The Ohio State University focuses on the development of software and the uses of software to solve practical problems and to support and improve productivity, health, happiness and safety in today's society. 


Topics studied include algorithms and data structures, programming languages, computer architecture, computer graphics, operating systems, software engineering systems analysis, database systems, artificial intelligence, information security, and networking.

A computing professional analyzes a situation in an application domain, such as biology and medicine, business, engineering, law and public policy, science, sociology, and so on; carefully specifies the problems to be addressed; and then designs, evaluates, implements and tests computer-based solutions to those problems.

The Computer Science and Engineering program at The Ohio State University combines the technical study of both software and hardware. Other majors suited for students interested in computing careers include:

  • Computer and information science in the College of Arts and Sciences: virtually identical to the CSE major in its computing courses and technical background but involves more general education requirements rather than engineering
  • Electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering: shares several computing courses with the CSE major but has a more hardware-oriented bent in its other courses

Possible careers

Because computing is essential in all areas of society, the demand for people skilled in the computing field continues to grow. Contrary to popular misconception, offshoring of (lower-level) IT jobs is a secondary factor in job growth for the computing profession. Recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projections for U.S. job growth in the next decade show computing jobs, of the sort computer science and engineering (CSE) graduates might take, comprising the top two—and half of the top 10—positions in the rankings for jobs requiring an undergraduate degree. This is after accounting for the impact of offshoring. 

Computer software and hardware vendors hire CSE graduates in areas such as software and hardware product development, quality assurance, customer support, sales and marketing, documentation, and training. But even more often, organizations that use these products (such as hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, banks, insurance companies and manufacturing firms) hire CSE graduates as software engineers building system foundations as well as end-user applications, and as systems analysts, database administrators and network administrators, as well as for other types of positions. Most large companies have internal computing departments that develop custom products for use by other departments within the same company. Considerable growth is also occurring in companies focusing on social media and information security. 

Some employers of computer science and engineering graduates include Amazon, Apple, Bosch, Cisco Systems, Epic, General Motors, IBM Corp., JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Nationwide Insurance, Rosetta and Verizon.

Programme Structure

Course Overview:

  • All engineering students have a similar first-year plan of study, the college core, that provides fundamental courses in math, science and engineering. 
  • In addition to the college core, engineering students also take select core courses, major courses and general education courses.
  • Computer science students can select a focus area in artificial intelligence, computer graphics and game design, database systems and data analytics, information and computation assurance, computer networking, computer systems, and software engineering.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Successful completion of university preparatory courses
  • High school performance (class rank or GPA), including participation in accelerated programs like Honors, AP and IB; Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for class rank or GPA 
  • Standardized test score (ACT or SAT); Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for ACT or SAT scores 
  • Ability and desire to contribute to and engage with a diverse campus community
  • Experiences that demonstrate leadership or engaged involvement(e.g., co-curricular activities, work experiences or military service) 
  • Status as a first-generation university student 
  • High school performance if adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    37947 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 37947 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    35019 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 35019 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    11936 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11936 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Columbus

940 - 1520 USD /month
Living costs

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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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