2009 UMBC Commencement (photo: Jim Lord)

UMBC is highly ranked in the U.S. for its degree and certificate granting in the computing sciences. The University is fourth among U.S. research universities in the production of IT degrees and certificates, according to the most recent data from the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, which is available from National Science Foundation’s WebCASPAR site. The table below displays the top ten universities in terms of total production in the Carnegie classification categories RU/VH and RU/H.

Average yearly production in 2007 and 2008
TOTAL
INSTITUTION
BS/A
MS
PHD
OTHER
552
Penn State
480
20
14
39
520
University of Southern California
65
414
41
0
513
CMU
124
331
58
0
503
UMBC
327
112
14
50
493
Johns Hopkins University
44
426
14
10
461
New Jersey Institute Technology
165
279
11
7
377
Georgia Tech
176
172
30
0
331
Drexel
253
72
1
5
329
MIT
160
129
21
20
324
University of California-Irvine
226
58
40
0

The most recent data from the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics also shows that UMBC ranks second among U.S. research universities in undergraduate IT degrees awarded, and it is the largest producer among those universities of IT graduates in Maryland, DC and Virginia. According to the same data, UMBC is second in Maryland and 31st nationally in the number of PhDs granted in IT. The numbers are averaged from the two most recent years available — 2007 and 2008.