Master of Science in Computer Science - Database Systems

Building on the Master of Science in Computer Systems program core, the concentration courses provide the foundation and focused knowledge for those interested in the database systems field. Successful organizations recognize the importance of high-performance database management systems. Specialized skills are required to design, configure, and manage data warehouses. The Database Systems concentration provides the opportunity to attain education competencies necessary to effectively analyze, design, implement and optimize complex data repositories and to transform data into powerful information systems for business.

CTU’s online Master of Science in Computer Science degree programs were ranked among the Best Online Programs for 2016 by U.S. News and World Report.*

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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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    Degree Requirements

    Courses: Core
    CS627Design and Analysis of Algorithms4
    CS630Modern Operating Systems4
    CS635Computer Networking4
    CS651Computer Systems Security Foundations4
    CS660Database Systems4
    CS672Systems Engineering Methods4
    CS698Computer Science Capstone4
    Total Credit Hours:28
    Courses: Concentration
    CS681Database Design4
    CS682Database Administration4
    CS683Data Warehouse4
    CS685Distributed Databases4
    ELEAny 600 level course4
    Total Credit Hours:20

    Total Credit Hours: 48

    Preparatory Requirements

    The CTU Master of Science in Computer Science degree program is designed to provide technical depth in computer science and in the three concentration areas—software engineering, security and database management systems. In order to achieve this depth a solid foundation in mathematics, computer science, and the student’s concentration area is required. In addition, the student must have an intermediate level of ability to program in a current object-oriented programming language such as C++ or Java, such as is provided by CS215 or IT215. Students who have the required background but need to refresh their mathematics skills are highly encouraged to take MATH501. Students who have the required background but need to refresh some of their computer science skills are highly encouraged to take CS500. Students who do not have the required background in mathematics, computer science, and the concentration or current object oriented programming skills should consult with an Admissions Advisor to design an undergraduate foundation program in preparation for this degree. A resume and entrance essay stating why the student wants to attend graduate school are required in order to successfully assess the student’s preparation for entrance into the MSCS program.

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    If you want to achieve more in your career, you have to own every opportunity— starting with the right Master of Science in Computer Science degree. Potential career paths for those who earn a Master of Science in Computer Science in Database Systems include:2

    • Software Development Engineer
    • Applications Engineer
    • Systems Engineer
    • Firmware Engineer
    • Data Analyst
    • Java Developer
    • Solutions Architect
    • Programmer/Analyst

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1Students may be required to complete some or all coursework for the program via Virtual Campus delivery.

2; The career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.