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Advance Your Technological Expertise

The Master of Science in Computer Science at City University of Seattle is designed to advance your knowledge and expertise in computer science and technology. This unique program offers the theoretical and the business knowledge you’ll need to propel your career forward.

Courses are available online so you can pursue your master’s in computer science while still working and maintaining your life.

This degree is typically completed in two years. A bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field qualifies you to apply to this program. If your bachelor’s degree is in a non-related field, ask our advisors about CityU’s Bridge-MSCS program that is specifically designed to help people transition into a tech career.

The Master of Science in Computer Science is a flexible, yet rigorous program with core curriculum designed by professionals who have worked in the field for more than 15 years. Courses include topics such as computer architecture, software engineering, software testing, information security, and managing technology projects.

If you are new to computer science, CityU offers a Bridge-MSCS program that will enable you to transition into this growing sector from nearly any discipline by completing select prerequisite courses.

Center for Information Assurance Education

City University of Seattle operates a special center whose mission is to conduct programs, courses, research, and consulting in information assurance. Learn more about the Center.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the Master of Science in Computer Science program, you’ll learn:

  • Activities used to produce and deliver quality code in a consistent manner
  • Code design and systems architecture requirements when building a compiler and interpreter
  • Concepts and programmatic challenges with cloud computing
  • Computer architecture and all components
  • Basic background in C++ programming
  • Tools and techniques for the testing and validation of software
  • Security implementations for digital networks, platforms, and applications
  • Ethical issues that arise in information security

Total Required Credits (39-59 Credits)*

*Preparatory courses may be required for students entering the MS-Computer Science degree program without sufficient related experience. Please see the program admissions criteria in the Academic Catalog for specific information.

For full course descriptions please visit the 2020–2021 Course Catalog. 

Preparatory Courses (2o Credits)

CS 132 Computer Science I (5)

CS 330 Network Communications (5)

IS 340 Operating Systems (5)

IS 360 Database Technologies (5)

Core Requirements (24 Credits)

CS 504 Software Engineering (3)

CS 506 Programming for Computing (3)

CS 519 Cloud Computing Overview (3)

CS 533 Computer Architecture (3)

CS 547 Secure Systems and Programs (3)

CS 622 Discrete Math and Algorithms for Computing (3)

DS 510 Artificial Intelligence for Data Science (3)

DS 620 Machine Learning & Deep Learning (3)

Depth-of-Study: Computer Science (6 Credits)

CS 624 Full-Stack Development I (3)

CS 628 Full-Stack Development II (3)

Choice Coursework (6 Credits, Graduate Level)


CS 680 Computer Science Internship (3)

DS 515 Data Science Overview (3)

DS 520 Data Mining (3)

ISEC 500 Cybersecurity Overview (3)

ISEC 545 Data Privacy and Security (3)

ITMGMT 510 Managing the Technology Project (3)

ITMGMT 570 Maintaining the Technology Infrastructure (3)

ITMGMT 575 Technology Implementation and Change (3)

Capstone (3 Credits)

CS 687 Computer Science Capstone (3)


CityU’s Master of Science in Computer Science is designed to give you actionable insights that you can apply in your work immediately. You’ll graduate a more effective technology expert with increased advancement opportunities.

Job titles of alumni with an MS in Computer Science include:

  • Senior Software Engineer
  • Senior Designer
  • Senior Programmer
  • Senior Tech Specialist
  • Chief Technology Officer

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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Founded in 1973, City University of Seattle offers over 60 on-site and online programs designed for busy working adults like you. When you enroll at CityU, you’ll have the support of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you finish your degree and reach your goals.


CityU is recognized as a Top 10 educator of adults nationwide.1 In fact, students complete their degrees at twice the national rate.2


Develop marketable, real-world skills in courses taught by faculty who are practitioners working in your field.


Expand your expertise and your global perspectives in on-site and online courses with students from around the world.


Network with alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies, including Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft.