Master of Science in Computer Science - General

The Master of Science in Computer Science - general concentration is designed for professionals focused on building an advanced understanding of industry-relevant technology issues facing today's organizations. Coursework challenges students to master topics related to operating systems and networking, their knowledge of computer system architecture and the software system engineering process.

For the third year in a row, CTU’s online Master of Science in Computer Science degree programs were ranked among the 2017 Best Online Programs by U.S. News and World Report.*

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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org

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  • Total Credits 

    48
  • Program Availability

    Online | Colorado Springs | Denver

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  • Courses

    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
    Electives Choose five Electives from any 600-level course20

    Electives: Non-Computer Science electives may require approval by the campus Program Chair or appropriate academic official.

    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.

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  • Outcomes

    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 with a general concentration 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.

2http://burning-glass.com/job-market-data/; 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.