M.S. in Computer Science


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Program Description

The Computer Science program will introduce you to core areas of advanced computing architecture, advanced operating systems and theories, and algorithms used in computing. You will conduct advanced research in software engineering, systems or artificial intelligence as you learn high-demand skills sought by industry.

Program Highlights

  • State-of-the-art computing facilities including the Integrated Engineering Science and Laboratory Facility (ISELF) Visualization Lab, Sunfire 280R running Solaris, several workstations running Windows and Linux and supercomputing facilities in the Twin Cities.
  • Five to seven graduate assistantship positions offered each year.
  • Research and project labs are equipped with Sun, Silicon Graphics and DEC Alpha workstations.
  • The program is offered for part-time or full-time students.

Program Distinctions

  • Graduates have gone on to work for Amazon, Google, Guidant, Medtronics, IBM, Beckman Coulter, and Thomson Reuters among others. They have also continued on to Ph.D. programs where they have been awarded assistantships.
  • Taught by 13 internationally-recognized faculty members.

Application Deadlines

  International Outside U.S. International Inside U.S.
Fall April 15 July 15
Spring September 15 November 15
Summer N/A N/A

Popular Careers

  • Software engineer
  • System administrator
  • Programmer
  • Software system analyst
  • Designer

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

Requirements and Details

The GRE is required.

  • A strong showing (more than 75th percentile) in the quantitative GRE score is essential.
  • A strong score in the verbal section is also important.

Admission is competitive.

Positive letters of recommendation are important, as is a solid undergraduate academic record.

Lack of a computer science background is usually not a major concern since prerequisite courses are prescribed. However, a background in the sciences and mathematics is essential.

Admission decisions are made at specific times associated with the application deadlines, usually in the week following the deadlines.

A final admission decision may take up to three weeks to receive from the application deadline and up to ten weeks for I-20s to be issued to international students.

Fully-qualified applicants will have taken courses that cover the following topics:

  • Non-linear data structures: sorting and searching algorithms.
  • Computer architecture: hardware organization, I/O interface, interrupt mechanisms and pipeline processor design.
  • File systems; hashed indexed, ISAM files; B-trees; external sorting.
  • Programming languages: design and implementation.
  • Operating systems: process, memory and file system management, device handlers.
  • Finite mathematics and modern algebra.
Last updated May 2020

About the School

At St. Cloud State, an education is about far more than an education. It will be an opportunity to explore ideas, seek out unique perspectives and embrace new challenges – all of which will help you u ... Read More

At St. Cloud State, an education is about far more than an education. It will be an opportunity to explore ideas, seek out unique perspectives and embrace new challenges – all of which will help you unleash your true potential. You will make life-long memories on our 100-acre campus along the scenic Mississippi River. Futures that begin here might seem unassuming at first, but like the mighty Mississippi River, they quickly gather strength. Growing. Surging. Until they're seemingly unstoppable. If you're looking for choice, we've got that covered. We have more than 200 undergraduate programs of study and more than 60 graduate programs, holding nearly every available national accreditation. Founded in 1869, St. Cloud State has evolved into a comprehensive university. We're on a mission to unleash ideas, unleash imagination, purpose, and promise. Read less
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