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Here, you shape tomorrow's technology.

OpenHouseRegisterButton Computer scientists design and implement technology to create innovative solutions to real-world challenges. Governors State’s Master of Science in Computer Science equips students with skills needed for careers in software engineering in a wide range of business, industrial, and government settings. Students receive intensive theoretical training that encourages the flexibility needed in an ever-evolving industry. With courses in leading-edge fields such as virtual reality, data science, digital forensics, and security, the Computer Science program allows you to tailor your academic interests to your personal and professional goals.

The M.S. in Computer Science is designed for practicing professionals in the field. In this program, you will focus on the design and development of software, systems programming, applications programming, and the effective use of software resources—skills that you can use to advance your career or prepare you for doctoral studies.

Reach your career goals.

The Computer Science program equips you with the expertise needed for careers in software engineering, programming, and information technology—fields critical to nearly every industry. Courses are structured to provide a balance of theoretical and practical knowledge so that you can use your skills to make real connections between concepts and practice. In the program, you will receive hands-on lab practice in almost every class, ensuring your ability to bring your studies to life.

Why get a Master of Computer Science?

Many careers in the computer sciences require a master’s degree, and graduate studies greatly increase opportunities for advancement into management positions. A Master’s in Computer Science allows you to tailor your interests to fit your professional goals. Your culminating project—a thesis or a graduate seminar—allows you to concentrate on specialized research that interests you most.

Data collected in 2017 reflected the median annual salary for Computer Programmers at $79,840 with an average range of $61,100 – $103,690 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Chicago’s median salary for Computer Programmers is $84,490.

Delivery Format

Achieve your master’s degree in as little as 18 months. Governors State’s 33-credit hour Computer Science M.S. is offered fully on-campus or in a hybrid format. Enroll full-time to jumpstart your career or part-time for added flexibility.

  • Adeniyi-Algiwola

    Adeniyi Olayiwola, Class of 2017

    I love working with computers—my real passion is with programming, and I want to use it to make the world a better, more secure place. I chose to pursue the next step in my education, my Master’s in Computer Science, from GSU because of the availability of high-end technology. I plan to continue my studies at the Ph.D. level here in the U.S., and my ultimate goal is to bring my skills back to Nigeria, where I can use them to improve society.

  • Jasmine-Chen

    Dr. Jasmine Chen

    The curriculum of the Computer Science program is designed to suit the needs of a fast-developing and ever-changing Information Technology world. We are always on the lookout for new content to be incorporated into existing class offerings. Our mission is to connect students with cutting-edge technology and prepare them to succeed in reaching their professional goals. We strive to help our students gain a competitive advantage in a tough job market by providing them solid training in all aspects of Computer Science in an encouraging environment.

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