MSC Southeast Software & Web Development program awarded number one nationwide

(7/2/2018) ( has announced its rankings for the top 10 colleges for an online Associate Degree in computer engineering/computer information science, naming Minnesota State College (MSC) Southeast’s Associate of Applied Science degree in software and web development the number-one online program in the nation.

The website organizes its annual list of the top 10 great value colleges to help prospective students find the programs that best that fit their interests and budget. Rankings are based on tuition value (10 points), relevancy of the curriculum to the demands of the field (10 points), and low student to faculty ratio (10 points). In case of a tie on points, schools are ranked in order of decreasing tuition.

Minnesota State College Southeast’s program was ranked ahead of Central Lakes College, Brainerd, Minn. (number two); Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, N.J. (number five); Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pa. (number six); and University of Toledo, Ohio (number 10).

At Minnesota State College Southeast, software and web development students learn computer programming, web development, and information technology support using a hands-on approach. A rich online application environment, instructor developed recordings, and computer-programming demonstrations make learning convenient for online learners.

“Our courses provide the best value, not just in terms of cost, but also in the quality of instruction. All of the lessons and exercises are designed to move students through the process of becoming software developers,” said Mark Swanson, software development and support instructor. “Students learn a wide variety of skills ranging from broad concepts down to the details of coding for different environments. Our students also use hands-on learning and cutting edge tools to create a production-level system of their own design.”

The 60-credit Associate of Applied Science in software and web development includes 16 credits of general education requirements and 44 credits of technical requirements.


This is the second time MSC Southeast has been recognized by In January, the college’s cyber and information security program was ranked number one nationwide by the website.

“We take great pride in maintaining the highest standards for our programs and ensuring that curriculum is constantly revised to reflect the ever-changing technology landscape,” said MSC Southeast Dean of Trade and Technology Travis Thul. “This number-one designation is truly an honor and we look forward to continuing to strive towards excellence.”

About MSC Southeast

Minnesota State College Southeast is a two-year technical and community college that prepares students for a lifetime of learning by providing education for employment, skill enhancement, retraining, and transfer, to meet the needs of students and the community. The Winona campus opened in 1949, merging with the Red Wing campus in 1992 and updating its name to Minnesota State College Southeast in 2016 with the change of mission to offer both technical training and the associate of arts degree. Minnesota State College Southeast is a member of Minnesota State. For more information, visit


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