M.S. in Computer Science

M.S. in Computer Science

M.S. in Computer Science

The Master of Science in Computer Science provides individuals with the opportunity to acquire an excellent graduate level education in Computer Science that prepares them to work in a variety of computer-related fields, including education, industry, research, business and government.



The Rowan University Master of Science in Computer Science program requires the completion of 30 semester hours (s.h.). Both a thesis and a non-thesis track are available.


The following courses make up the M.S. in Computer Science program.

  • 10 Courses/ 30 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 12 S.H.
CS 04530 Advanced Database Systems: Theory & Programming 3
CS 04548 Programming Languages: Theory, Implementation & Application 3
CS 04560 Design & Implementation of Operating Systems 3
CS 04564 Compiler Design Theory 3
CS 06510 Computer Networks 3
CS 06520 Topics in Computer Architecture 3
CS 07522 Advanced Theory of Computing 3
CS 07523 Advanced Software Engineering 3
CS 07540 Advanced Design & Analysis of Algorithms 3
CS 07751 Advanced Cyber Security: Principles & Applications 3
CS 07752 Advanced Cryptography 3
Elective Courses: 9-18 S.H. (Thesis) or 18 S.H. (Non-Thesis)
CS 02505 Data Mining I 3
CS 02515 Data Warehousing 3
CS 02605 Data Mining II 3
CS 03505 Data Quality and Web/Text Mining 3
CS 03580 Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things - Architectures and Securities 3
CS 04505 Advanced Web Programming 3
CS 04563 Concurrent Programming - Theory and Practice 3
CS 04565 System Programming 3
CS 04570 Advanced Object Oriented Design 3
CS 06505 Wireless Networks & Systems 3
CS 06512 Network Security 3
CS 06515 Embedded Systems Programming 3
CS 07545 Advanced Robotics 3
CS 07550 Concepts in Artificial Intelligence 3
CS 07555 Natural Language Processing 3
CS 07556 Machine Learning 3
CS 07560 Computer Graphics 3
CS 07565 Computer Vision 3
CS 07570 Information Visualization 3
CS 07575 Advanced TCP/IP & Internet Protocols & Technologies 3
CS 07580 Computer Animation 3
CS 07590 Game Design & Development 3
CS 07595 Advanced Topics in Computer Science 3
CS 07656 Machine Learning II 3
Required Thesis Track Courses: 6-9 S.H.
CS 07530 Computer Science Thesis I 3
CS 07531 Computer Science Thesis II 3
CS 07532 Computer Science Thesis III optional 3

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) in Computer Science or related field from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives

    • Provide reasons for pursuing the program. Describe how you might use this program to advance your career (educational goals beyond the master's level, if applicable, are also relevant).
  • Two letters of recommendation

    • Letters of recommendation should be from professional administrators and include information, which attests to applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Submission of official GRE test results is highly recommended


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the M.S. in Computer Science program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall September 1 July 1
Spring January 19 November 1
Summer May 18 April 1