Colleges, Universities and Websites Offering Free Computer Programming Education Online

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Online websites offer students the chance to study computer programming via tutorials, video lectures, and textbooks. Rice University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology both also offer free computer programming courses as well.
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Free Computer Programming Courses

Many websites offer free computer programming courses. Topics covered include JavaScript, C programming, and PHP.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT offers a course in Java preparation. Lecture notes cover topics like Java programming and objects, polymorphism, and interfaces.

Oracle.com

This website offers Java tutorials. Topics covered include Java 8, Java 9, patterns and good practices, JavaFX applications, and certification.

Free-Ed.net

This website provides students with a course on the fundamentals of Java. Lessons will cover subjects such as programming basics, working with information, user interfaces, and interactive web programs. Reading assignments will come from a free online textbook and students can also test their knowledge with quizzes. The Visual Basic course will cover fundamentals, such as visual basic programs, making decisions, basic looping, dialog box basics, and modular programming.

Rice University

The C programming course from Rice University will center around basic concepts. The Web programming course will cover JavaScript, XML, HTML, among other things.

C# Corner

This website offers a free eBook on C# programming. Chapters will cover areas such as attributes, variables, C# language features, and C# 2.0 and 3.0 features.

Jaggersoft

This is an online course focused on C# programming. Text slides will cover areas of study like fundamentals, reference types, and inheritance.

Land of Code

This website hosts various PHP tutorials. Lessons include PHP variables, PHP entities, PHP files, and PHP sessions.

Webmonkey

This website also offers PHP tutorials via online lessons. Students can study things like basic syntax, error messages, HTML forms, loops, and functions.

Microsoft

Microsoft offers Visual Basic video tutorials online for interested students. Topics will cover things like autoimplemented properties, implicit line continuation, and Visual Basic 10 grammar.

About.com

About.com offers a Visual Basic course that users can sign up for, in order to receive weekly emailed assignments. Students will need to acquire a Microsoft Press Learning Edition textbook for their studies.

Free Computer Programming Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Java Preparation for 6.170 course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/lecture notes/labs/projects/study materials Yes No Yes
Java Tutorials and Online Training from Oracle.com Unspecified Online tutorials No No Yes
Fundamentals of Java course from Free-Ed.net Unspecified Online lessons/online textbook Yes Yes Yes
Fundamentals of Visual Basic course from Free-Ed.net Unspecified Online lessons/online textbook Yes Yes Yes
C Programming Basics course from Rice University Unspecified Text No No Yes
Web Programming Quick Start course from Rice University Unspecified Text No No Yes
C# Programming Textbook for Beginners from C# Corner Beginners eBook No No Yes
C# Programming course from Jaggersoft Unspecified Text/slides No No No
PHP Tutorials from Land of Code Unspecified Online lessons/screenshots No No No
PHP Tutorials from Webmonkey Beginner Online lessons No No No
Visual Basic Video Tutorials from Microsoft.com Unspecified Video lessons No No Yes
Visual Basic Course with Textbook from About.com Unspecified Textbook Yes No No

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    1. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctorate: Computer Science
      • Doctorate - Computer Science: Information Assurance (Executive Format)
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      • Doctor of Computer Science - Big Data Analytics (Executive Format)
    Master's
      • MS - Computer Science - Software Engineering
      • M.S. - Information Technology
      • Master of Science in Computer Science
      • MS - Management - Information Systems Security
      • M.S. - Management: IT and Project Management
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    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Software Application Programming
      • BS - IT - Web Development
      • Bachelor: Information Technology
      • BS - Business Administration - IT
      • BS - IT - Security
      • Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security - Information Assurance
  • Campus and Online Programs
    2. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science - Mobile Gaming
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Mobile Development
      • B.S. - Web Design and Development
      • B.S. - Game Design
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    3. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Technology Management
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      • MBA Dual Concentration: Human Resources and Technology Management
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Software Development With No Declared Minor or Concentration
      • B.S. - Software Development: Computer Programming Concentration
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Software Development
      • Associate of Science - Technology Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSM in Information Technology
      • Master: Information Technology
      • Master: Information Technology - Project Management
      • Master: IT/Information Security and Assurance
      • MS in Cybersecurity Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Information Technology/Multiplatform Software Development
      • BSIT - Information Management
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
      • BS in Cybersecurity
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    Associate's
      • AAS in Information Technology - Multiplatform Software Development
      • Associate: Information Technology
      • AASIT: Network Admin
  • Online Programs Available
    5. ECPI University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Software Development - Bachelor's
      • Bachelor's - Network Security
      • Bachelor's - Cloud Computing
    Associate's
      • Associate's - Network Security
    Certificate
      • Mobile Development
      • Web Design & Dev
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Certificate in Science, Technology, and International Security Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD-TIM - Computer Science
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      • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
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    Master's
      • MBA - Applied Computer Science
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      • MBA - Computer and Information Security
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  • Online Programs Available
    8. Georgetown University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA with an Emphasis in Data Analytics
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    Master's
      • Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • M.S. in Instructional Technology
      • Master of Science in Cyber Security
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    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Computer Programming
      • B.S. in Information Technology
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  • Campus and Online Programs
    10. Virginia College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Management Information Systems

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Colorado Technical University

  • Doctorate: Computer Science
  • MS - Computer Science - Software Engineering
  • B.S. - Information Technology: Software Application Programming

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Full Sail University

  • Master of Science - Mobile Gaming
  • B.S. - Mobile Development
  • B.S. - Web Design and Development

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Herzing University

  • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Technology Management
  • B.S. - Software Development With No Declared Minor or Concentration
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Kaplan University

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  • BS in Information Technology/Multiplatform Software Development
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ECPI University

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Northcentral University

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