What will I learn?

A computer science degree is highly marketable. Between 2010 and 2020, one study projects that there will be a shortfall of 32 million technically specialized professionals in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China and India. Consequently, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree in CS are in high demand. The average starting salary is $65,000.

Our curriculum is designed with considerable flexibility, due to the numerous types of computer science jobs that exist. The bachelor's degree provides every student with a strong fundamental understanding of the field. Students may then select from exciting computer science electives such as artificial intelligence, computational biology, computer networks, databases, embedded systems, multimedia, operating systems, software engineering, web design and special topics courses. Students who complete a bachelor's degree will find themselves both highly marketable and well-prepared for graduate school.

Professional Option

The professional option allows a student to delve more deeply into both computer science and related technical areas. The compilers course, CSCI 468, serves as the capstone for this option.

Interdisciplinary Option

Many opportunities and challenges lie at the intersection of technology and other fields. The interdisciplinary option allows a student to pursue a minor of choice such as Entrepreneurship or Japanese Studies. During a student's senior year, the minor area must be connected back to computer science through a senior project. CSCI 482R and CSCI 483R serve as the capstone for this option.

Which department am I in?

Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$25,850.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 August 2020


Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering

Montana State University,

237 Norm Asbjornson Hall,



59717, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Freshmen will be considered for admission on the basis of their secondary school record.

For international students

Freshmen will be considered for admission on the basis of their secondary school record and their English proficiency. Applicants who can prove their English language proficiency and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5/4.0 on a U.S. scale will qualify for admission.

English Proficiency Examination:

  • Internet-based TOEFL test (iBT): 71
  • Revised TOEFL Paper-delivered test: 56
  • Paper-based TOEFL test (PBT): 525
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • iTEP: 3.7
  • Duolingo English Test (DET): 55
  • PTE Academic: 48
  • APIEL: 3
  • English3: 58
  • EIKEN: Pre-1

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About this uni

MSU is the largest research entity in Montana and is in the top 3% of institutions in the U.S for research expenditure.

  • Top 3% of U.S. institutions for research expenditure
  • MSU has more than 300 fully equipped research labs
  • Over 250 academic options
  • The 26th most technologically advanced university globally