Feb 09, 2023  
2022-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2024 Graduate Catalog

Computer Science, M.S.


Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study

Computer science is a fast-moving field that continues to attract professionals who want expertise in computer. This program accommodates students from other fields that have computer science minds and programming skills. The Master of Science in Computer Science degree program is designed to accommodate students who want to have professional skills in a given concentration: software engineering, cybersecurity, IT leadership, and management information systems. Students with a bachelor’s degree or at least a minor in computer science will find a traditional M.S. in Computer Science. Students who wish to transition from math, science, or engineering into computer science may be fully enrolled in the program after taking recommended courses based on their background.

Full-time graduate students will take three graduate courses per semester and graduate in a year and half.  Students are admitted in any semester. Shippensburg University undergraduates may obtain an advanced degree through a 4+1 B.S./M.S. option. For 4+1 students, the two 500-level courses taken in the spring of their senior year will count as electives in their B.S. program and cannot be substituted for any course in their concentration and these courses cannot replace core courses in the B.S.

Admission Requirements

To gain admission to the Master of Science degree in computer science program, an applicant must satisfy the general admission requirements of the graduate school. Applicants whose overall quality point average is below 2.75 will be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) prior to admission. All international applicants who have not graduated from a four-year American university must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Additionally, all such applicants must achieve a score of 237 on the TOEFL (computer based).

Graduation Requirements


All students are required to take 30-31 credits consisting of:

Electives (12 crs.)


Students can choose either 12 credits of electives, 400-level CSC courses (no more than two) or a concentration as part of the degree requirements.  

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study