Master of Science in Computer Science - General
Colorado Technical University’s Master of Science in Computer Science general track explores operating systems and networking, computer system architecture, and the software system engineering process. Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.1 This projected job growth is due in part to the rise of emphasis placed on cloud computing, big data collection and storage, and information security.1
The curriculum is designed to provide technical depth in computer science and in the three concentration areas—software engineering, security and database management systems. Evaluate issues that impact the development and modification of complex software systems. Choose from courses in enterprise systems, data analytics, software, networking and security, and operations management to design a schedule that best suits your interests and goals.
For four years in a row, CTU made U.S. News & World Report’s list of best online graduate computer information technology programs.2
CTU aims to make it easy to manage your education with your smartphone or tablet anytime, anywhere with CTU Mobile. Our online and mobile-friendly classes begin every 8 weeks and run 5½ weeks long.
Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
- Colorado Springs
- Aurora (Denver Area)
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CS627 Design and Analysis of Algorithms 4 CS630 Modern Operating Systems 4 CS635 Computer Networking 4 CS651 Computer Systems Security Foundations 4 CS660 Database Systems 4 CS672 Systems Engineering Methods 4 CS698 Computer Science Capstone 4 Electives Choose five Electives from any 600-level course 20
Total Credit Hours: 48MSCS Foundation Requirements
The Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) is built upon the expectation that students will enter the program with a solid computer science background. Therefore, the MSCS program requires students to have prior foundational knowledge in all core computer science disciplines to be successful.
Students entering into the MSCS program without a bachelor’s degree in either computer science or computer engineering will be required to successfully complete two MSCS foundation courses (CS503 and CS505) covering the following discipline areas of computer science: discrete math; programming language; object-oriented programming; data structure; algorithms; and algorithm analysis.
If a student can show evidence of satisfying the foundation course objectives through coursework from an accredited institution, the foundation requirement can be waived.
The foundation courses are also available to students with an undergraduate computer science degree who wish to refresh their knowledge in these subject areas.
The MSCS foundation course CS503 must be completed and passed prior to beginning courses in the MSCS program. Students will need to complete and pass CS505 prior to the end of the first quarter.
Students must be able to exhibit proficiency by successfully completing the foundation course with a minimum 70% passing score. If after 5 attempts (applies to each course separately) students do not pass the foundation course, students are encouraged to work with the Student Success department if they have questions regarding these foundation courses, timeframes for completion, or for alternative programs of study as needed.
Students who do not meet the MSCS foundation requirements will be withdrawn, canceled or transferred from the MSCS program.
Total tuition for this degree program will vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.
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1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm, visited April 10, 2018.
2. CTU programs are ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 best online programs.