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.
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.
Preparatory Courses (2o Credits)
CS 131 Computer Science I - C++ (5)
IS 306 Data Management Communications and Networking (5)
IS 340 Operating Systems (5)
IS 375 C++ - Intermediate (5)
Computer Systems Core (27 Credits)
CS 504 Principles of Software Engineering (3)
CS 519 Introduction to Cloud Computing (3)
CS 533 Computer Architecture (3)
CS 555 C++ for Programmers (3)
CS 570 Software Testing (3)
CS 612 Data Exploration and Visualization (3)
ITMGMT 510 Managing the Technology Project (3)
ITMGMT 575 Technology Implementation and Change (3)
Depth-of-Study Sequence (9 Credits)
ISEC 500 Information Security Overview (3)
ISEC 505 System Administration for Information Security (3)
ISEC 520 Ethical Obligations in Information Security (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
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.
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.
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.