ONLINE MASTER’S IN COMPUTER SCIENCE PROGRAM
97% of Stevens MSCS graduates accept job offers within three months of graduation
You don’t need a computer science background to earn a Stevens MSCS
Pivot to a computer science career with a Stevens online master’s in computer science
ONLINE MASTER’S IN COMPUTER SCIENCE OVERVIEW
The Stevens Institute of Technology Master’s of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) offers a curriculum aligned with high-demand areas such as software development, web programming, mobile systems and applications, cloud computing, human-computer interaction and enterprise software design. Computer science students take courses that foster technical proficiency in the leading industry tools, including:
Java, Python and C++
Enterprise software design and engineering
Mobile application development and cloud computing
Agile development methods
Algorithm design and testing
Machine learning in support of providing software development leaders and high-quality coders
- 30 Credit Hours
- 10 Courses
- 100% Online
- 2 Years or Less Completion Time*
*Total time to complete the program may vary based on the number of credits taken each semester.
97% of MSCS graduates in the Class of 2021 accepted job offers within three months of graduating.1
No. 1 in New Jersey for Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs by U.S. News & World Report (2022).
Winner of the U.S. Distance Learning Association’s 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning.
IN THE NATION
Stevens was named one of the Top 20 U.S. Private Schools for Best Career Placement by The Princeton Review (2022).
FOR BEST VALUE
Ranked No. 14 among “Best Value Colleges” by Payscale (2021).2
1 Based on data from 63% of spring 2021 full-time program graduates.
2 Based on the cost of a four-year bachelor’s degree program.
COMPUTER SCIENCE CAREER OUTLOOK
An MSCS qualifies students for advanced, well-compensated positions as computer science managers and individual contributors specializing in areas like software engineering, machine learning and database management. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts much faster than average growth for such computer science roles as software developers (26% growth in employment between now and 2031) and computer research scientists (21% growth in employment by 2031).1
The exceptional skill set MSCS graduates possess helps them secure premiere tech jobs at companies such as Google and Meta, which can pay around $200,000.2 This degree also opens doors at other organizations outside of tech interested in acquiring top talent, such as Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, both of which have employed Stevens MSCS alumni.
Many remote work opportunities are available in computer science, but emerging tech hubs and traditional business hubs are also significant employers in the field. For instance, more than 100,000 software developers are employed in the New York City metropolitan area, where Stevens is located. Other popular cities, including San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle, are home to prominent businesses that hire many developers and offer average annual salaries between $140,000 and $235,000.3
1 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2023.
2 Glassdoor, May 2023.
3 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2023.
JOBS IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2023.
ONLINE MASTER’S IN COMPUTER SCIENCE COURSEWORK
Below are the Traditional and Advanced course sequences for the online master’s in computer science program. Students will engage in coursework on the following topics to develop skills as software development leaders and high-quality coders. The MSCS program consists of 30 credit hours, with 10 courses, and is 100% online.
EARN YOUR COMPUTER SCIENCE MASTER’S ONLINE AT STEVENS
The Stevens Online MSCS program offers both traditional and advanced course sequences where students are taught by our renowned faculty and engage in coursework to develop skills as software development leaders and high-quality coders.
Demonstrated expertise in computer science is not a prerequisite to apply to the program — and many Stevens online students leverage their MSCS to pivot to computer science careers. The wide range of experience within the Stevens online MSCS student body, paired with the MSCS cohort model, which encourages strong peer-to-peer relationships, enables students to learn from each other and grow.
Since computer science is a rapidly evolving field, Stevens updates its online MSCS coursework frequently to keep pace with innovations in computer technology. Stevens MSCS students acquire job-ready skills, whether they are coming to computer science from another STEM field or have years of software development experience. The exceptional quality and value of the Stevens MSCS program is reflected in the fact that 97% of our computer science graduates accept jobs within three months of graduation.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
MSCS graduates qualify for some of the best computer science jobs available. In an era where artificial intelligence may change the future of work, computer science graduates are leading these efforts. MSCS holders enjoy high salaries, thoughtful and engaging challenges and benefits like remote work. They also have unparalleled job security as more and more organizations seek digital solutions to their challenges.
Computer science professionals can work in almost any industry — from emerging and innovative tech startups to old-school financial institutions, healthcare systems and automotive companies.
Yes. In addition to the fact that expert computer science professionals are in demand in almost every industry, computer science jobs are some of the highest-paying careers available. On average, MSCS graduates can boost their lifetime earnings by over $900,000, easily covering their upfront costs for the degree.1 Demand for tech professionals with advanced coding skills also motivates some companies to offer tuition reimbursement, helping promising employees pay for an advanced degree.
1 Source: “Is Grad School Worth It? A Comprehensive Return on Investment Analysis” from FREOPP.org
ONLINE MSCS ACCREDITATION
Stevens Institute of Technology has been continually accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) since 1927. Stevens is accredited until 2027 and the next self-study evaluation is scheduled to take place during 2026-2027.
MSCS ALUMNI HAVE GONE ON TO BE EMPLOYED AT ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS:
BANK OF AMERICA
Our faculty includes National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER winners as well as researchers who consult for companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Google, Bell Labs and other top industry firms.
PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Minimum GPA of 3.0 from an accredited institution. Degree required to begin the program; completion not required at time of application.
TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Faculty members and/or professional colleagues.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Optional, but strongly recommended.
Applicants must submit transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions where credit was earned. You may submit unofficial transcripts during the application process. After admission, you will be required to submit official transcripts.
Required for international students.
Optional, but strongly recommended.
Key Dates & Deadlines
*Applicants who apply by the early submit deadline and are admitted may be eligible for a $250 deposit waiver. Applicants who receive education assistance from employers or other tuition discounts are not eligible. Other eligibility conditions may apply.
Per Credit (30 Credits)
Fee waivers available
*Tuition based on fall 2023 rates effective September 2023. Tuition and fees are subject to change annually. Additional program fees may apply.
Attendees will receive an application fee waiver.
“When I looked at the StevensOnline MSCS program, I liked that it gave students more opportunities to explore different areas of computer science. We started with Java and data structure and built from there. I think it’s nice that the program teaches foundational skills you can use in many branches of computer science.”
Rojona Feliciano ’22