Master of Science in Computer Science

The Master of Science in Computer Science program centers on a set of core courses which are designed to provide the student with an understanding of operating systems and networking, as well as knowledge of computer system architecture and the software system engineering process. The MSCS program is designed for Computer Science professionals seeking to advance their careers in a broad range of computer fields.

MSCS Program Outcomes

  • Apply effective leadership strategies and skills
  • Critically evaluate the issues that affect the development and modification of complex software systems
  • Conduct professional, scholarly, applied research
  • Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and understanding of the field of computer science
  • Select analytical and critical thinking skills for effective decision analysis and problem solving in a specific situation

MSCS Program Competencies:

  • Critically evaluate the issues that impact the development and modification of complex software systems
  • Apply analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills in diverse, appropriate situations
  • Construct domain-specific computing or information system solutions
  • Identify gaps in the body of knowledge
  • Conduct professional, scholarly, applied research


Degree Requirements

Courses: Core

CS627Design and Analysis of Algorithms

4

CS630Modern Operating Systems

4

CS635Computer Networking

4

CS651Computer Systems Security Foundations

4

CS660Database Systems

4

CS672Systems Engineering Methods

4

CS698Computer Science Capstone

4

Electives Choose five Electives from any 600-level course

20

Electives: Non-Computer Science electives may require approval by the campus Program Chair or appropriate academic official.

Total Credit Hours: 48

Preparatory Requirements
The CTU Master of Science in Computer Science degree program is designed to provide technical depth in computer science and in the three concentration areas—software engineering, security and database management systems. In order to achieve this depth a solid foundation in mathematics, computer science, and the student’s concentration area is required. In addition, the student must have an intermediate level of ability to program in a current object-oriented programming language such as C++ or Java, such as is provided by CS215 or IT215. Students who have the required background but need to refresh their mathematics skills are highly encouraged to take MATH501. Students who have the required background but need to refresh some of their computer science skills are highly encouraged to take CS500.

Locations

  • Colorado Springs
  • Aurora (Denver Area)
  • Virtual Campus