The M.S. Program in Computer Science prepares you for a career in software development, web development, networking, and related technologies, with high advancement potential. Courses concentrate on practical, applied computing, built on a strong theoretical foundation.
The Master's degree is awarded upon completion of ten 700-level courses. (Independent study or a thesis option may be substituted for one to two courses.) The sequence includes six required courses and four electives. If you desire, three of the electives may be grouped into a specific concentration (also referred to as a track) which appears on your diploma. Concentrations include web development, networking, and software engineering.
MSCS Course Sequence
If you have an existing bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a related field, you can complete the program over two years, with your course sequence looking something like this:
Suggested Course Sequence (Computer Science)
Of course, you can spread out your courses over a longer period of time.
MSCS Preparatory Courses
You may gain admission to the graduate program if you hold a bachelor's degree in any field. You may be required to take up to three 600-level preparatory courses, and it may be suggested that you also take CS 700 to strengthen your skills in programming and analysis. (CS 700 counts as one of the ten courses for the degree.) If you take all such courses, your first year might look like this, with your second and third years as above:
Suggested Full Preparatory Sequence
After the preparatory sequence, you are prepared to complete a sequence of remaining 700-level courses.
The MSCS program is tailored toward students working in industry full time. It is common for students to take one or two courses in any given semester, completing the program at a pace amenable to their individual situations. Some students take three courses - recommended if your workplace accommodates it or if you intend to enroll full time.
Contrast this program with Loyola's Masters of Software Engineering (MSSE), and also read our discussion about differences between the two programs.
Contact us at (410) 617-2587 to further dicuss our programs.