Master of Science in Computer Science - Software Engineering

In Colorado Technical University’s Master of Science in Computer Science -Software Engineering concentration, explore operating systems, networking, system architecture, and the software system engineering process. The job growth in the field of software development is projected to grow 24 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics.1

This program is designed to provide you with the opportunity to evaluate issues that affect the complex software systems, and compare domain-specific computing or information system solutions. You will also have the opportunity to analyze software requirements in engineering. Explore how to apply architectural strategies to address technical challenges associated with web services, mobile computing, virtualization, cloud computing, and security in computing systems. Review the principles behind software process improvement. You also have the opportunity to create a software design for a real-world software application.

For four years in a row, CTU made U.S. News & World Report’s list of best online graduate computer information technology programs.2

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Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org

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TOTAL CREDITS

48

PROGRAM AVAILABILITY

  • Online
  • Aurora (Denver Area)

Program Details

  • Degree Requirements

    Courses: Core
    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
    Total Credit Hours: 28
    Courses: Concentration
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    CS641 Software Requirements Engineering 4
    CS644 Computer Systems Architecture 4
    CS649 Software Design 4
    CS671 Software Systems Engineering Process 4
    ELE Any 600 level course 4
    Total Credit Hours: 20

    Total Credit Hours: 48

    MSCS 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.
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1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Software Developers, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm, visited April 10, 2018).
2. CTU programs are ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 best online programs.