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Master of Science in Computer Science

Format: Online, hybrid, or in person on the Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 30
Entry Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer

Coached by internationally recognized faculty who are blazing new trails in research, you’ll find world-class mentors who will help you take the next step in an exciting career path.

The Master of Science in Computer Science at Georgia Southern University offers unparalleled flexibility, whether you’re jumping right into a master’s program after getting your bachelor’s, already working as a computer professional or exploring Provisional Admittance to the program if you don’t have a prior bachelor’s degree in a computing field.

With four specializations available, the 30-credit-hour master’s in computer science program combines excellent academics with hands-on practical skills and experience that will get you ready to hit the ground running in your career. 

MSCS Fast Facts

  • Specializations:
    • Software Engineering
    • Software and Cyber Security
    • Machine Learning
    • Data and Knowledge Systems
  • Program Options: Standard, Accelerated Bachelor’s to Masters, Provisional Admittance
  • Credit Hours: 30
  • Time to Completion: 2 Years
  • Institution fees: $145 – $290* 
  • Tuition: $277 per credit hour (in-state) and $1,105 per credit hour (out-of-state)*

* For AY 21-22. Your costs may vary. See Tuition & Fees for details.

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Master of Science Program Specializations

  • Software Engineering: In the software engineering specialization, you’re doing more than just development. You’ll engineer new software programs and environments that solve complex problems.
  • Software and Cyber Security: In the software and cyber security specialization, you’ll learn to protect personal and financial data, infrastructure and more.
  • Machine Learning: In the machine learning specialization, you’ll gain expertise to develop programs that can access data and use it to learn for themselves.
  • Data and Knowledge Systems: In the data and knowledge systems specialization, you’ll learn data mining, data warehousing and the fundamental skills for highly sought business intelligence and “big data” analysis.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment opportunities in computer science to grow by 15% between now and 2029 — more than three times the national average. In 2020, the average median salary for computer scientists was $126,830 per year.

Master’s in Computer Science Highlights and Benefits

  Named the BEST Master’s in Computer Science Program 2021 by

Among almost 200 colleges and universities from across the nation, Intelligent evaluated programs based on flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation and deemed our program the best in the country.

  Flexible Delivery Options

The M.S. in Computer Science is offered fully in-person, fully online, or in hybrid coursework. Whether you’re jumping straight to a master’s degree full-time or taking classes while you keep your day job, our program can accommodate your life and schedule.

  Only Data and Knowledge Systems specialization in Georgia

Our Data and Knowledge Systems specialization is the only program of its kind in Georgia, and one of only a few in the country.

  Internationally Recognized Faculty

Our research faculty have been internationally recognized, have received “best paper” awards at numerous computing conferences, and are funded by the National Science Foundation and Industrial grants.

Is a Master’s in Computer Science Worth It?

Master’s in Computer Science graduates have:

  • Higher salary upon graduation: MSCS graduates have gone on to earn about 30% more than BSCS graduates. 
  • Highly valued research experience: MSCS graduates get extensive lab experience under faculty mentorship.
  • More marketable skills: MSCS graduates have a wider range of research and technological skills, and are more desirable to recruiters. 

Program Options for the On-Campus or Hybrid Master’s in Computer Science

Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s in Computer Science Program

For students currently earning a bachelor’s in computer science degree, Georgia Southern offers an accelerated track to an M.S. in Computer Science degree. This program combines 124 hours from the B.S. in Computer Science and 30 hours from the MSCS to exceed the required 150 unique hours between the undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The option is available for both the thesis and non-thesis MSCS tracks.

Provisional Admittance

For students wanting to pursue the MSCS degree without a prior bachelor’s degree in a computing field, we offer courses that students can pass to qualify for admission to the M.S. in Computer Science program.

Questions? Contact Us

Program Director

Dr. Andrew Allen 

MSCS Advisor

Dr. Andrew Allen

Graduate Admissions

Phone: 912-478-5384
Fax: 912-478-0740

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Last updated: 12/24/2023