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M.S. in Computer Science

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Program Information

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Our Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Science program provides a higher level of understanding in computational science and its application to a variety of fields, including education, industry, research, business and government. As a student, you have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of advanced topics to tailor their coursework to meet your career and personal goals. Project-intensive courses provide hands-on experience with popular technologies such as game design, robotics and computer graphics.

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The Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Science program at Rowan University requires the completion of 30 semester hours (s.h.). Both a thesis and a non-thesis track are available. Ten distinct courses must be taken to fulfill the Master’s Degree. Any course taken that belongs in multiple categories cannot double count. Up to two courses may be taken from other, appropriate graduate programs subject to advisor approval, provided all requirements for this MS degree are fulfilled.


  • Thesis Track: Students in the thesis track may choose to take a 6-credit thesis sequence or a 9 credit thesis sequence. Their remaining 9 or 6 credits may be additional core courses and/or electives.
  • Non-Thesis Track: Students choosing the non-thesis track must take 18 additional credits of elective or core courses.

Algorithms Core:

  • All students must complete a 3 credit Algorithms Core course

Common Core:

  • All students must complete 9-credits of Common Core courses.

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 Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 12 S.H.
CS 04515 Embedded Systems Programming 3
CS 04524 Agile Software Engineering 3
CS 02530 Advanced Database Systems: Theory & Programming 3
CS 06560 Design & Implementation of Operating Systems 3
CS 04563 Parallel and Concurrent Programming 3
CS 04670 Advanced Object Oriented Design 3
CS 09510 Computer Networks 3
CS 07510 Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science 3
CS 07622 Advanced Theory of Computing 3
CS 04623 Advanced Software Engineering 3
CS 07540 Advanced Design & Analysis of Algorithms 3
CS 03551 Advanced Cyber Security: Principles & Applications 3
CS 03570 Cyber Defense of Operating Systems and Networks 3
CS 03580 Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things - Architectures and Securities 3
CS 07556 Machine Learning I 3
CS 07622 Advanced Theory of Computing 3
CS 07650 Concepts in Artificial Intelligence 3
CS 07652 Cryptographic Algorithms 3
CS 07656 Machine Learning II 3
Elective Courses: 9-18 S.H. (Thesis) or 18 S.H. (Non-Thesis)
CS 01541 Bioinformatics - Advanced Computational Aspects 3
CS 02505 Data Mining I 3
CS 02620 Data Warehousing 3
CS 02605 Data Mining II 3
CS 02630 Advanced Topics in Database Systems 3
CS 02625 Data Quality and Web/Text Mining 3
CS 04605 Advanced Web Programming 3
CS 04548 Programming Languages: Theory, Implementation & Application 3
CS 04564 Compiler Design Theory 3
CS 04565 System Programming 3
CS 04580 Human Centered Computing 3
CS 04670 Advanced Object Oriented Design 3
CS 04571 Advanced Topics in Mobile Programming 3
CS 04590 Computer Game Design & Development 3
CS 09605 Wireless Networks & Systems 3
CS 09612 Network Security 3
CS 06520 Topics in Computer Architecture 3
CS 06560 Design & Implementation of Operating Systems 3
CS 07545 Advanced Robotics 3
CS 07555 Natural Language Processing 3
CS 08560 Computer Graphics 3
CS 07565 Computer Vision 3
CS 02570 Information Visualization 3
CS 09675 Advanced TCP/IP & Internet Protocols & Technologies 3
CS 08680 Computer Animation 3
CS 04590 Computer Game Design & Development 3
CS 07595 Advanced Topics in Computer Science 3
CS 10271 Introduction To Android Programming 3
Required Thesis Track Courses: 6-9 S.H.
CS 07530 Computer Science Thesis I 3
CS 07631 Computer Science Thesis II 3
CS 07632 Computer Science Thesis III optional 3

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions 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 will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $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
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Submission of official GRE test results is highly recommended
  • Students accepted into the program are expected to be well versed in programming, discrete mathematics, computer organization/architecture, direct interactions with operating systems, data structures, and algorithmic thinking either through undergraduate course work or work experience. Students not meeting all of these criteria may be accepted into this master’s program but will be required to complete one or two computer science bridge courses before enrolling into other computer science graduate courses. These courses are:
    • CS 01501 Essential of Computer Science I*
    • CS 01502 Essentials of Computer Science II*
      • (*CS 01501 and CS 01502 will not count toward the 30 graduate credits needed for degree completion)
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Career Outlook

Forbes has consistently ranked computer science in the top 10 of “The Best Master’s Degrees for Jobs” for the past seven years. Our M.S. in Computer Science program will prepare you to be at the forefront of the field for positions like software engineer, systems programmer, application programmer, systems analyst, reaseracher and computer system designer.

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