Computer Information Systems

M.S. in Computer Science

The graduate program in computer science provides advanced educational opportunities for post-baccalaureate students seeking a deeper understanding of all aspects of computing.

Faculty research focuses on database systems and applications, bioinformatics, software engineering, software development and evolution, static program analysis, artificial intelligence and machine learning, graph analytics and network analysis, high-performance computing, graphics, visualization and human-computer interaction.

Degree Options

M.S. COMPUTER SCIENCE: The Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Science offers a flexible curriculum that can be tailored to fit your computing interests. Both research-based (thesis) and coursework-based (non-thesis) options are available.

ACCELERATED OPTION: You can earn this degree and a master's in five years and at a significant savings. Learn more about the: Accelerated degree option.
Please note: This excludes co-op.

COMPUTATIONAL DATA SCIENCE CERTIFICATE: Are you a working professional who needs to analyze data? Learn more about the Certificate in Computational Data Science.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science program need:

  • An earned bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related discipline from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 2.75 or higher in computer science and related courses
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals capable of evaluating the applicant's potential for success in this program
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Demonstrated knowledge of at least one high-level programming language
  • Demonstrated mathematical maturity that includes discrete mathematics and calculus
  • Demonstrated proficiency in data structures, algorithms, computer organization, and operating systems

Student spotlight

Heather Guarnera

Heather Guarnera

“The graduate degree makes you a competitive job candidate as it provides additional experience applicable to any area. My professors at UA were exceptional. They were a strong source of encouragement, guidance, and support. It's amazing how much of my career trajectory was developed at UA through advising discussions.”

— Dr. Heather Guarnera
Assistant Professor, The College of Wooster

For more information

Direct questions to:

Esther Wain-Weiss
Director, Graduate Programs and Administration