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Computer Science

Master of Science

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Program Intro

The Master of Science in Computer Science integrates fundamental theoretical concepts with sophisticated practical applications. Our program provides thorough preparation for employment in a number of industries or further academic study in the discipline.

Department of Computer Science

This program gives you the flexibility to customize your plan of study.  You’ll be mentored by experienced instructors in small classes and benefit from strong academic support alongside applied experiential learning opportunities.

Curriculum Overview

The core computer science courses are:

  • CS 51510 – Algorithms
  • CS 51520 – Operating Systems
  • CS 51530 – Programming Languages, Interpreters and Compilers

You’ll also complete 21 credits of elective courses. Options include:

  • CS 51550 – Database Systems
  • CS 51560 – Software Engineering

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Build a foundation for success with core courses in operating systems and algorithms.

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Sample Courses

  • CS 51510 – Algorithms
  • CS 51520 – Operating Systems
  • CS 51530 – Programming Languages, Interpreters and Compilers

Explore subfields of computer science, such as machine learning, data mining and software design. Complete an internship and work on a research project supervised by a faculty member.

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Sample Courses

  • CS 51580 – Computer Graphics
  • CS 51590 – Parallel Computing
  • CS 59000 – Data Mining, Machine Learning and Statistical Analysis

Program Requirements

Admission to this program requires fulfillment of PNW Graduate School’s general graduate education requirements, along with the necessary prerequisite knowledge to undertake the study of advanced computer science topics.


Computer science is a dynamic and competitive field, and computer scientists are in high demand in a wide range of industries. We offer a learning environment that empowers you to take on tomorrow’s challenges, including research and internship opportunities in a wide variety of areas.

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In this program, you’ll master fundamental knowledge of computer systems and computational theory. Upon graduation, you’ll be able to apply reasoning, problem solving and technical skills to solve problems with minimal guidance. You’ll also be able to present your solutions orally and in writing.


In addition to the scholarships available through the financial aid office and the College of Engineering and Sciences, MS in Computer Science students can apply for:

Beyond the Classroom

We encourage you to get involved in activities like:

  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • IEEE Computer Society

Career Paths

This degree prepares you for a number of careers in the field, including:

  • Software developer
  • Data scientist
  • Systems analyst


Our alumni work with some of the most innovative organizations across the region and around the world, including:

  • Discover Bank
  • Amazon
  • ArcelorMittal

The professors and staff here are so supportive, and they helped me greatly in finding my future direction. The practical and comprehensive courses I took here are also really useful in my current PhD studies at the University of Illinois Chicago.

Yuwei Cao
Computer Science, Luoyang City, Henan province, China

The program allowed me to gain an in-depth understanding of advanced computer science concepts. It was a great experience and I felt very well prepared to enter the workforce at Discover. All of the instructors were very accessible and helpful.

Michal Krol
Computer Science, Michigan City

Meet the Faculty

Shuhui (Grace) Yang

Shuhui Grace Yang, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science

Shuhui Grace Yang is an associate professor of computer science in the department of Computer Science. Her research and teaching focus on computer network and wireless communication.

Hairong Zhao

Hairong Zhao, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science

Hairong (Helen) Zhao is a full time professor in computer science. Besides teaching and research, she also serves as the graduate advisor in computer science.

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