NCU Catalog - October 2020 
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NCU Catalog - October 2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, MS

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Master of Science in Computer Science

Description of Program

The Master of Science in Computer Science helps students understand how computers function and communicate from the inside out. This is a broad program that allows students to gain knowledge in a wide variety of computing topics and to prepare for a range of technology leadership roles. Graduates will be able to use this in-depth knowledge to lead the innovative integration of computer technologies in their organizations.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate an organization’s potential for improvement through computers and software
  • Explain concepts and arguments associated with computer science
  • Manage legal, ethical, and security risks in computer-based systems 
  • Evaluate the scope and impact of emerging computer science concepts on a local and global scale
  • Formulate computer-based solutions to practical problems

Basis for Admission

Admission to an NCU master’s program requires a conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution or an international institution determined to be equivalent through an approved evaluation service.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Computer Science is a 30 credit program comprised of 12 core credits, 15 specialization credits and 3 capstone credits.

Students assume full responsibility for understanding both the foundational, specialization and capstone requirements of the program. Switching programs after completing coursework may result in reevaluation, monetary loss, loss of credit hours and/or the need to take additional credit hours. Students’ Academic and Finance Advisors can assist with any questions related to program requirements.

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credits in transfer toward the Master of Science in Computer Science for graduate course work completed at an accredited college or university with a grade average of “B” or better. Courses considered for transfer must mirror courses in the program. The Dean of the School Technology must approve any courses considered for transfer. See the 

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Time to Completion

NCU allows 5 years to complete all Master’s programs of 36 credits or less.

The median time to completion for this program is 23 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults, balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

Students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 16 months.

Course Sequence

The Master of Science in Computer Science program can be completed in 30 credits.

Students who complete at least 15 semester credit hours in a single area of specialization at NCU (not counting foundational courses) may elect to have the specialization recorded on their transcript and diploma.

The Master of Science in Computer Science program requires the foundation courses to be completed prior to enrolling in specialization courses. The program capstone will be completed as the last course in the degree program. 

In some cases, specialization courses listed on the initial degree plan can be changed at the student’s request. Please contact your Academic Finance Advisor for more information.

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