Hofstra University

Hofstra University


Founded in 1935, Hofstra is a private coeducational university sitting on a beautiful 240-acre campus in Hempstead, Long Island, only 25 miles east of New York City. Hofstra offers more than 140 undergraduate and 150 graduate programs covering a wide variety of subject areas. Of particular interest is the University's online program offering a Master of Science (MS) online degree in Computer Science. This degree can be earned completely online without losing the resources and distinction of a great university.

Points of Distinction

  • Access to coursework 24 hours a day, completed around the student's busy schedule
  • Exact same degree as students who attend classes on Hofstra's campus
  • Degree can be completed in 18 months
  • Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS)

Areas of Study

Hofstra Online offers a Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science degree which can be completed in as little as 18 months. The program offers students career-oriented coursework with a co-emphasis on theory and practice which prepares them for careers on the cutting edge of technology. The curriculum provides a solid foundation and training for practicing computational scientists, computer specialists or software engineers in business, industry or government. The highly interactive distance learning methodology is designed to challenge and engage students while retaining convenience for working professionals.


Applications for admission to the program are accepted continuously throughout the year. There are six starts annually. Students desiring admission should fill out the online admissions form after which they will be contacted by a Hofstra enrollment advisor. Alternatively, applicants can call the school's toll-free number to contact an advisor directly.


Faculty members are both noted scholars and excellent teachers. They are successful professionals in the field of computer science and are recognized internationally, nationally, and internally for their professional achievements and scholarly work.

Student Body

The large majority of Hofstra's online students are working professionals who find the educational model of online study a perfect fit for their busy lifestyles. Total Hofstra enrollment (including undergraduate, graduate and law students) is in excess of 12,000 students representing 49 states and 68 countries.

Student Life

The online student experience substitutes a computer for the classroom. All course lectures will be available online and can be replayed as often as desired. All homework, class work, writing assignments and exams are completed and submitted online. A detailed course syllabus is provided to every student. One of the tremendous benefits offered by the online program is the unprecedented level of support available to all students. Students who run into difficulty can contact their course facilitator, program manager and/or other students in the program for help and support.

Offers online masters degree program in computer science. Offered online Online graduate degree program

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Contacting Hofstra

Hofstra University
100 Hofstra University
Hempstead , NY 11549
General Phone: (516) 463-6600

Hofstra Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management803business management, business administration, accounting, managerial economics, entrepreneurship, finance, banking, financial management, human resources, ...
Education and Teaching627multilingual education, educational administration, social foundations of education, special ed, gifted and talended education, education of disabled, early childhood special ed, special education, school counseling, ...
Liberal Arts415African studies, American studies, Asian studies, area studies, linguistics, comparative literature, Russian language, French language, Italian language, ...
Law353law, US law, legal professions
Therapy and Counseling275psychology, organizational psychology, psychology courses, marriage and family therapy, art therapy
Media255communication studies, mass communication, journalism, broadcast journalism, radio and television, media and digital communications, public relations
Medical Support and Technology97audiology, speech pathology, audiology and speech pathology, physician assistant, health diagnostic professions
Science53biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, physics
Medical Administration51health care administration, community health
Drama and Performing Arts42dance, drama
Fine Arts31fine arts, art history and criticism
Engineering27electrical engineering, engineering science, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, engineering management
Mathematics23mathematics, applied mathematics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy16athletic trainer, vocational counseling
Computer Science and Engineering15computer science, computer engineering
Religion and Philosophy9philosophy, religion, Jewish studies
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental studies

Number of programs and degrees for Hofstra in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,75081
Master's degree90357
Post-master's certificate6719
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship374
Doctor's degree - professional practice3471
Postbaccalaureate certificate2311

Hofstra Student Body

In 2007-2008, Hofstra had a total enrollment of 12,490 students (11,662 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 66%
Graduate 34%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 61%
Black 9%
Hispanic 7%
Asian 5%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 16%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 26%
20-21 25%
22-24 22%
25-29 13%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Hofstra Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 79 %
Part-Time 50 %

Hofstra Room and Board (2007)

Hofstra offers campus housing for 4,218 of its 11,662 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Hempstead, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Hofstra Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal540630
SAT Math550630
ACT Composite2326

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT71%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT18%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsrequired

Hofstra Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 28,630
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 28,630
Room and board $ 10,825
Room charge $ 7,225
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,600
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,715

Financial Aid:
Hofstra participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 273200)

Hofstra Faculty

Hofstra has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year124$132,21053$118,308
Associate professoracademic year116$92,71196$85,434
Assistant professoracademic year76$71,85875$70,173
Instructoracademic year4$61,5977$56,413
All faculty totalacademic year320$102,675231$87,142

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Hofstra Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Colonial Athletic Association
Basketball Colonial Athletic Association
Baseball Colonial Athletic Association
Track Colonial Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports74101175

Hofstra Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Labor Studies
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing Research
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Early Childhood Spec Ed Pgms
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Science
Engineering/Industrial Management
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

American/US Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence (LLM, MCJ, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Professions and Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
African Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Area Studies, Other
Asian Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)
French Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Italian Language and Literature
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Broadcast Journalism
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other

Medical Administration
Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Allied Health Diagnostic/Intervention/Treatment Professions, Oth
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Physician Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist


Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Religion And Philosophy
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Art Therapy/Therapist
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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