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Our Admissions Team Is Looking for Tomorrow’s Innovators

Case Western Reserve University’s Case School of Engineering seeks candidates who want to learn how to apply fundamental computer science skills and techniques to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. We designed our admissions process and application requirements to identify applicants who can become the computer science innovators of the future.

Is This Program Right for You?

We challenge students to apply foundational computer science theories to answer the problems of today. Whether you are trying to secure a more senior CS role or pivot into the field, Case Western Reserve’s online MS in Computer Science (MSCS) can prepare you for the cutting-edge career you want.

With two program tracks that support students with intermediate and advanced computer science knowledge, the online MSCS offers a customizable learning environment for students interested in maintaining a full-time career while pursuing a technical degree.

Understanding Our Online MSCS Tracks

We designed the pathways track for mid-level professionals with a strong STEM background looking to transition into computer science. Students who thrive in this track will have completed the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • A college-level calculus course.
  • An introductory course in object-oriented programming.

The advanced track provides those who already have a strong computer science foundation with opportunities for upward mobility. Successful candidates for this track should have completed a bachelor’s degree and all prerequisite coursework. This means that while a computer science or programming degree is not required, competitive applicants will have significant computer science experience. You will build upon your existing theoretical foundation to delve into specialized topics in computer science and emerging technologies.

Please note that both tracks aim for excellence in the world of computer science. To succeed in this program, you should be prepared to engage with advanced technical concepts and embrace the theoretical foundations that underpin the field.

Ready To Verify if This Program Is Right for You?

Connect with an enrollment adviser to confirm your eligibility. They can help assess your qualifications and determine if Case Western Reserve’s online MS in Computer Science program is the right fit for your academic and professional goals. Reach out today to explore your potential in the world of computer science.

How Do I Apply?

Please use our paperless online application system to complete your application and upload the required unofficial documents.

  • Create an application, or log in using your username and password to continue your application.
  • Upload the required unofficial documents. Once admitted, we will send instructions about providing official documents.
  • When your application is finished, click “Submit” to pay your non-refundable application fee.
  • After clicking “Submit,” you will not be able to make any changes to your application form, resume or essays, but you will be able to log back in later to upload transcripts and test scores. All required documents must be submitted in order to be considered.
  • Any application that remains incomplete at the end of the admissions period will be denied.
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Application Checklist

At Case School of Engineering, our admissions committee takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications and considers both an applicant’s academic history and work experience. When reviewing your profile for admission consideration, we require the following:

Online application

The online application captures general personal, contact and demographic information as well as education and employment history. A $50 application fee is required as part of the online admissions process, however applicants who apply by the early decision deadline are eligible for a fee waiver.

Statement of impact

Your one- to two-page essay should explain your motivation for pursuing graduate school and/or the program and how it aligns with your personal and professional goals.

Current resume

The resume should include all work experience. If you are an early-career applicant, it should also include part-time employment, internships and co-op employment.

Unofficial transcripts

All applicants are required to submit unofficial transcripts of all post-secondary education for the application and review process. Additionally, applicants are required to submit all certificates of completion for any bootcamps and/or short courses (e.g. MOOCs) that are computer science related.

Two letters of recommendation

Once you have identified your two recommenders, they will each receive an email containing a link to submit their rating and letter through the online recommendation system.

Letters of recommendation should be submitted from individuals who can sufficiently assess your academic preparation, abilities and accomplishments. Letters should be from your most recent instructors in your proposed field of study. If you have been out of school for several years, one letter may be from your employer, supervisor or other person familiar with your most recent activities.

Proof of English language proficiency (for applicants whose native language is not English)

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: If you have or will have earned a three-year bachelor’s degree, you may need a transcript evaluation prepared by World Education Services (WES) or Education Credential Evaluators (ECE).

Key Dates and Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
Priority Application Deadline
Final Application Deadline
Fall 2024 Start of Classes
Fall 2024
May 20, 2024
June 24, 2024
Aug. 2, 2024

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