Master's Degree in Computer Science

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Become a tech leader

Computers and technology are everywhere.

With a master's degree in computer science, you can create the devices and systems that drive the world.

Why earn a master's degree in computer science at Missouri State?


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  • Have flexibility and affordability – Pick the courses you like and create a study plan that fits your interests and goals. Total costs are lower than similar programs.
  • Get involved in cutting-edge research projects – Ignite your creativity and know-how under the direction of experienced faculty.
  • Advance your knowledge – Explore the latest trends in networking, data mining, machine learning/AI and other relevant topics.
  • Be wired, get hired Pay and employment options continue to rise within the CS industry. Graduates enjoy a 100% job placement rate plus high initial earnings.

Degree options

Earn your degree on a timeline that suits you.

You’ll be able to customize your study plan and take classes full-time or part-time. It's possible to finish in just four semesters (about 1.5 years).

Sample schedule
Earn your degree on the typical path. Select a thesis, research project or course-only option for your program of study.
Begin your graduate studies in computer science your senior year. Finish with two degrees, sooner.

Add extra specialization with a certificate

Want to stand out from the crowd? A graduate certificate is a great add-on to your master's degree.

Gain more training and insight for the career field you want to pursue.

Open to non-CS backgrounds, too

Didn't major in computer science? Don't let that deter you.

While a bachelor's degree in computer science or related STEM field (physics, math, engineering, etc.) is preferred, you can still qualify for admission if you take the right prerequisites. 

Explore admission requirements

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Careers and outcomes
Master the digital realm. You can pave the way for admission into doctoral (PhD) programs or pursue higher-paying positions.