Online Master of Computer Science

The Online Master of Computer Science (MCS) program, offered through an innovative partnership between ASU’s School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering and Coursera, is a rigorous computing degree. You’ll gain a deep understanding of advanced topics like AI, cybersecurity, and big data while strengthening your new skill set through real-world projects.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 01/11/2021


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

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The Master of Computer Science offered online (MCS) is an advanced degree program offered by Arizona State University and hosted on Coursera’s platform, that is targeted at students with an undergraduate education in computing and related disciplines who can best profit from further breadth and background in computer science from a scientific and engineering discipline.

Designed for students seeking to expand their knowledge of computer science or computation, the Master of Computer Science online reflects the dual nature of computer science as both a scientific and engineering discipline by placing emphasis on both theory and practical applications. Students can study topics such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, cybersecurity, software engineering, big data and much more. The ASU MCS online is a non-thesis degree that requires 30 credit hours of coursework. Students receive lectures through the Coursera platform, but are advised and assessed by ASU faculty and teaching assistants on the rigorous set of assignments, projects, and exams required for university degree credit.

Students have the option to choose one concentration:

What will I learn in an online masters in computer science?
  • Design and analysis of computers, computational processes and information transfer and transformation;
  • Design of software for networks, graphics, artificial intelligence and database systems;
  • Improving software reliability, network security, or information retrieval systems;
  • Inventing next-generation computer systems, computer networking, biomedical information systems, gaming systems, search engines, web browsers, and package distribution systems;
  • Integrating computer and information sciences with biology, geography, anthropology, public health, urban planning, and mathematics.

 

Featured courses

For a complete overview of the degree program, including admission, degree requirements, and courses please see the MCS Handbook.

Course information:
To meet degree requirements, all MCS online students must take one foundations course, one systems course, one applications course, and any seven additional courses from the lists below. Students must also submit a project portfolio.

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Foundations

Foundations of Algorithms


Foundations

Knowledge Representation and Reasoning


Systems

Distributed and Multiprocessor Operating Systems


Systems

Mobile Computing


Systems 

Applied Cryptography


Systems 

Information Assurance and Security


Systems

Software Security


Systems

Advanced Computer Network Security


What can I do with a masters in computer science?

All students enrolled in this degree program have access to the Fulton Schools of Engineering Career Center, a one-of-a-kind dedicated career center for ASU's engineering students with a robust offering of online services and resources. Graduates with an ASU Online Master of Computer Science have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Computer Network Administrator

Computer Network Analyst

Computer Network Technician

Computer Programmer

Computer Science Professor

Computer Scientist

Computer Software Quality Engineer

Computer System Architect

Computer Systems Analyst

Prestigious faculty

Of the 350+ faculty members in Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the majority have been honored with the highest awards in their fields. Faculty milestones include:

  • National Academy of Engineering members.
  • National Academy of Sciences member.
  • National Academy of Inventors members.
  • National Academy of Construction members.
  • More than 40 NSF CAREER Awards for early career faculty in the last four years.

Prestigious faculty

Of the 350+ faculty members in Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the majority have been honored with the highest awards in their fields. Faculty milestones include:

  • National Academy of Engineering members.
  • National Academy of Sciences member.
  • National Academy of Inventors members.
  • National Academy of Construction members.
  • More than 40 NSF CAREER Awards for early career faculty in the last four years.

Admission requirements

Application deadlines

GPA requirements

Math requirements

Prerequisite knowledge

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Each student is fully supported on their path to success in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. We have received peer-reviewed programmatic honors from the U.S. News & World Report and provide students with a rich learning environment.

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