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Computer Science

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The Master of Science in Computer Science prepares students with the skills they need to effectively address the constantly changing cyber landscape. Students learn timeless skills and problem-solving capabilities amid rapid technological change.

The rise in cyber threats has created unprecedented demand for cybersecurity specialists who can identify new and existing cyber threats and security breaches.  This rigorous technical program provides graduate-level fundamentals and advanced technical skills essential to today’s programmers.

Graduates of this program become better programmers for today and the future. They will be well positioned for advancement in their career with knowledge and technical skills required for today’s security challenges. In addition to enjoying excellent job prospects with advancement opportunities at corporations and institutions of all sizes, students will have the graduate level fundamentals required for academic continuation.

Apply online for the Master of Science in Computer Science program.

Career Opportunities with the Master of Science in Computer Science

Computer and information research scientist employment is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022. This is faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Graduates of the Master of Science in Computer Science program are likely to enjoy excellent job prospects, because many companies report difficulties finding these highly skilled workers.

Computer science majors have the highest average starting salary projection among master’s degree graduates from the college Class of 2015, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). NACE’s January 2015 Salary Survey found that projected starting salaries for Class of 2015 master’s degree graduates in computer science average $71,140.

Program Format

Courses are offered in the late afternoons and evenings to accommodate students who work or intern during the day. Students may complete the program full time in two years, or at their own pace. See intended course sequence.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or similar with a strong academic background. Pre-requisite coursework that includes:

  • Discrete Math or Calculus I

Some or all prerequisite coursework can be taken at Merrimack College as part of a customized program developed based on your background and goals. For questions about prerequisite coursework, contact

Standardized test scores are not required to complete an application.

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Contact Information

For questions about the program or its prerequisites, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at or 978-837-3563.

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