Online Master of Computer Science

The Online Master of Computer Science (MCS) program, offered through an innovative partnership between The School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence 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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Next start date: 01/10/2022


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

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The Master of Computer Science is an advanced degree program offered fully online by Arizona State University through the Coursera learning platform. The ASU MCS online program is a good fit for students with an undergraduate education in computing or a related discipline who would like to extend their knowledge of computer science as a scientific and engineering discipline. The ASU MCS online program also allows students employed in industry an opportunity to broaden their knowledge through an advanced education in computer science.

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.

Additional computer science options available:

What will I learn in an online master's 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.

 

Professional certification and nondegree enrollment opportunities

Earn a professional credential in one of four high-demand computing areas by taking three graduate computer science courses. This credential is issued by ASU in partnership with Coursera as a MasterTrackTM Professional Certification. Courses must be completed with a “B” or higher, and up to 12 credits can be applied toward the computer science master’s degree, if admitted. You can also earn the MasterTrackTM Professional Certification while pursuing the computer science master’s degree.

Students interested in a variety of topics have the option to follow a general pathway to complete at least three available 500-level CSE courses. While this option does not provide a professional certification, up to 12 credits completed with a “B” or higher can still be applied to the Master of Computer Science program, if admitted.

Completing 9 credits as a nondegree student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher satisfies the English proficiency requirement for international applicants and the GPA requirement for all applicants to the Master of Computer Science online program.

Does my ASU Master of Computer Science degree say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

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

Professional certification and nondegree enrollment opportunities:

Top 25% of all accredited engineering programs in the nation

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.

#2


best online master’s in electrical engineering.

#5


bachelor’s degrees awarded to underrepresented minorities (American Society for Engineering Education 2019).

60+


engineering student organizations and student professional societies.

#42


undergraduate engineering programs.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

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