Online MS in Computer Science (MSCS)
From discovery to application, you’ll take an active part in developing solutions that impact society—even before you graduate. Whether you’re an intermediate or advanced computer science practitioner, you can tailor your MSCS program to your level of experience and career goals. You’ll graduate with in-demand, future-proof technical skills, ready to take on any industry.
MSCS Program Overview
Computer science is an in-demand field that impacts nearly every industry and sector, including transportation, healthcare, education and financial services. Our online Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) program prepares you with the fundamental technical knowledge you need to succeed and lets you explore new industry challenges and innovations.
With two online MSCS program tracks to choose from—a pathways track for students with a strong STEM background who need foundational computer science courses and an advanced track for experienced computer science students—you can pursue a course sequence that supports your computer science skill level.
30-34.5 Credit Hours*
Estimated Time to Complete
5-6 Academic Terms*
Each course will have approximately 50 minutes of live class sessions per week.
*Credit hours and estimated time to completion depends upon your selected program track.
Online MSCS Program Highlights
Our online MSCS features two program tracks tailored to your level of computer science experience. Both our advanced and pathways course sequences offer a hands-on, experiential curriculum covering diverse computer science topics, including machine learning and blockchain. We help you develop strong technical knowledge that can be applied to any industry.
Our 100 percent online MS in Computer Science program allows you to learn from wherever you’re located through a blend of self-paced coursework and live virtual classes. Program courses are not interdependent, which means you can complete them in any order you choose.
As a Case School of Engineering alum, you’ll join a powerful, globe-spanning network that includes more than 20,000 School of Engineering graduates who support the Case Western Reserve community in many different ways. You’ll also become part of the university’s alumni network, which is more than 110,000 members strong.
Master’s in Computer Science Job Outlook
A well-rounded balance of academics and flexible, hands-on learning led by expert faculty will help you learn, grow and excel in the field of computer science and ready you for exceptional career growth and leadership potential. Explore the robust career trajectories and jobs in computer science available to CWRU MSCS graduates.
Online MS in Computer Science Curriculum
With two tracks of study for mid-level and advanced STEM professionals, the MS in Computer Science program offers a customizable learning experience tailored to your level of experience. Across the pathways and advanced track, courses provide hands-on training in the leading computer science tools.Explore the Curriculum
Meet the CWRU Computer Science Faculty and Leadership Team
Our online MSCS courses are taught by industry leaders whose background and experience range across areas that include theoretical computer science techniques, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and more.
Why Case School of Engineering?
The top-ranked¹ Case School of Engineering is recognized for its creative scholarship, expert faculty, hands-on learning and multidisciplinary approach to learning and problem-solving.
While committing to student success beyond the classroom, Case Western Reserve University offers educational opportunities to meet students where they are. As a Case School of Engineering student, you’ll have the option to pursue one of two program tracks designed for your ability and experience level.Learn More
1 U.S. News & World Report, Best Engineering Schools, 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Employment in computer science jobs is expected to increase by 21% over the next decade, much faster than the average of other occupations (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021). Earning a master’s degree will prepare you with advanced technical skills and give you the competitive edge to secure to jobs.
The Case Western Reserve University computer science master’s program curriculum focuses on four key specialization areas of computer science: AI, databases and data mining, security and privacy, and software engineering. You will acquire a range of in-demand skills that will position you for career growth in any industry.
Case Western Reserve University’s online MS in Computer Science (MSCS) program offers students a rigorous, comprehensive and progressive curriculum that keeps pace with emerging advancements in the field.
Our program offers two tracks based on your level of technical experience: a pathways track for students in need of foundational computer science coursework and an advanced track for students with an existing computer science foundation. Regardless of prior computer science coursework, all online MSCS students should have a strong STEM background and interest in the interdisciplinary applications of computer science.
Online Master’s in Computer Science (MSCS) Accreditation
Case Western Reserve University has been accredited since 1913 by the Higher Learning Commission, one of the six regional agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level. In 2015, CWRU was reaccredited by the Commission for ten years, the maximum period possible. The university’s next site visit by a Commission team will be in 2025.
With two program tracks to choose from, you can pursue a cutting-edge, multidisciplinary curriculum tailored to your level of computer science experience and career goals.Explore the Program
Computer scientists are in high demand. Take a closer look at typical career outcomes you could pursue after completing this program.See Alumni Outcomes
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Tuition and Financial Aid
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