What will I learn?

In the Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) program at National University, you’ll learn to combine the fundamental knowledge and best practices for software engineering, database theory and design, and cloud computing. You’ll then can use those skills to solve real-world problems. Besides its comprehensive immersion in computing foundations, what sets this program apart is its emphasis on developing essential communication skills, so you’ll be able to clearly discuss issues, trends, and solutions with both technical and non-technical audiences.

This online program offers specializations in several advanced areas, a three-month project solving a real problem for a real client against a deadline, and training that reflects current and future industry needs. MSCS degree graduates are prepared to assume a leadership role in the field.

Program Learning Outcomes

Create software requirements specifications, and design and develop complex software systems.
Evaluate computer security vulnerabilities and threats, and countermeasures that are effective and ethical.
Analyze, design, and develop database solutions by translating database modeling theory into sound database design and implementation.
Analyze and design complex front-end applications for cloud and client-server architectures and integrate them with backend databases.
Compare alternative systems for process and memory management.
Demonstrate critical thinking and ability to analyze and synthesize computer science concepts and skills with ethical standards.

Which department am I in?

College of Professional Studies

Study options

Full Time (58.5 quarter units)

Tuition fees
US$15,912.00 per year
USD $442 per quarter unit for Course level 500, 600 and 700

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

Start date

February 2020, September 2020

Venue

College of Professional Studies

11255 North Torrey Pines Road,

LA JOLLA,

California,

92037, United States

Online/Distance (58.5 quarter units)

Tuition fees
US$15,912.00 per year
USD $442 per quarter unit for Course level 500, 600 and 700

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

Start date

Every month

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university where an overall grade point average of 2.5 or better was achieved, or where a grade point average of 2.75 or higher was achieved in the last 90 quarter units.

For international students

Four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA or 2.5, or completion of National University’s Foreign Credential Bridge Program. p>

TOEFL score - 79 (IBT); IELTS score - 6, with no band lower than a 5; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA) – 58; International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP) – 5; Certificate of Proficiency in English with a C grade or higher; Certificate of Advanced English with a C grade or higher.

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About this uni

Degrees are WSCUC accredited, and graduates join a global network of over 150,000 talented alumni who are making a positive impact on the world.

  • Campuses in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Jose
  • Average student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1
  • Concentrated learning model, one-course-per-month
  • International and domestic students pay the same tuition rate