Advance your career with a master's degree in computer science

With concentrations in software engineering, computer information systems, and business data applications, Concordia's computer science master's program helps you stay on the cutting edge of advancements in the world of computer science. Earning a MSCS degree is the perfect way to move forward in your career.

Cost Per Credit$779
Sample Careers
  • Software Engineer
  • Information Technologist
  • Data Analyst

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Program Overview

Study how to create complex hardware and software systems, manage complex computer information systems (IT), and lead a technical team. Now offering three new tracks in Software Engineering, Computer Information Systems, and Business Data Applications. All of these tracks will build on your existing experience by deepening your skills and knowledge in the main areas of computer science. A bachelor's degree in a related field is recommended, but not required. Optional catch-up modules are available for each course to help bring you up to speed.

Upon completion of the MSCS program, you’ll be trained in problem solving, collaboration, creative design processes, professional literature, writing, presentation, and ethical practices. You’ll be prepared for advanced professional positions in software development and other technical/design-oriented roles in computing.

On average, people with a MSCS degree earn over $100K (PayScale). Earning a Master of Science in computer science positions you to advance in your career and reach your professional goals.

Program Highlights
  • STEM certified
  • Ethics & vocation are central themes in our program showing how professionals respond to the needs of clients, users, and society
  • Program can be completed in 18 months
  • Start dates available every eight weeks throughout the year
  • Available online and in person

Graduates from the MSCS program pursue a variety of careers such as system/database administrators/architects, business intelligence analysts, software engineers, application developers, and many others. Our recent grads have gone on to work at:

  • Experius
  • EP Soft Technologies
  • Charter Communications
  • iDigital
  • QA Labs
  • Integra Tech
  • Concurrency
  • And many more

What to Expect

Our computer science master's program was designed with working professionals in mind. You’ll get a rigorous, quality education that fits within your busy schedule. All courses are available online in an accelerated eight week format, but three courses per semester will be offered face-to-face on campus.

Concentrations / Specializations

The versatile new format of our online master's in computer science consists of three separate concentrations to allow you to advance in a wide variety of fields within the world of technology and business. All students in the program take the same seven computer science core courses that explore current topics in computing, such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, robotics, and virtual reality. Students then take three additional courses specific to the concentration they choose to specialize in.

Software Engineering

The software engineering track builds or sharpens your skills in creating problem-solving tools using computers. The specialization courses dive into traditional concepts and current trends in the theory, design, and implementation of programming languages, compilers, and advanced algorithms. A MSCS degree with this concentration opens the door for advancement in a career in software development, data or business analysis, and more. People in this field with a master's degree typically perform roles such as team lead or senior developer.

Information Systems

While software engineering focuses on the development of technology solutions, information systems puts a greater emphasis on the application and management of technology solutions. The specialization courses explore advanced networking, hardware and software system design, integration, and administration in the context of current emerging technologies.

NEW - Business Data Applications

The new business data applications concentration features the same computer science master's core courses in tandem with business data analytics classes to teach you to use your technical skillsets and programming abilities to collect, scrub, analyze, and visualize data to drive better business decisions. This blend of computer science, data analytics, and business classes will prepare you to be a valuable asset to any organization.

Computer Science Scholars Program

Concordia's Computer Science Scholars program combines our undergraduate program with the graduate program, allowing students to complete a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in as little as four years. Students who finish in four years pay standard undergraduate tuition and earn their master's at no extra cost. Route 36 allows you to take summer courses for free to keep up with the heavy course load. Contact an admissions counselor to learn more.

Concordia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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