MSc in Computer Science

Northeastern Illinois University

Program Description

MSc in Computer Science

Northeastern Illinois University

The goal of Northeastern's master's degree program in Computer Science is to provide individuals who have a background in computer science as a means of acquiring a higher level of computer sophistication. Individuals with job titles such as application programmer/analyst, systems programmer or software engineer who want to expand the breadth of their computing background, or for whom an advanced degree is required for advancement would derive long-term benefits from this graduate program.

The master's degree in Computer Science has two concentrations:

  • one for individuals who want to enter careers in industry
  • one for individuals who want to pursue a Ph.D.


Credit hours required: 36


Program Benefits

In order to accommodate students who may be employed full-time, the courses in the graduate program are offered in the evening or on Saturday mornings. Our graduate courses usually have even fewer students than our undergraduate courses, allowing for more contact with the professor. Taking into account the amount of debt, starting and mid-career salary, Northeastern was ranked 6th best investment in the nation, right below Harvard and above Georgia Tech, (Newsweek, 2012).

Some benefits of our program are:

  • affordability
  • smaller class size
  • accessibility—day and evening classes
  • more contact with the actual professors


Career Options

Our master’s degree students obtain a variety of crucial skills necessary for either the job market or for continuing their education even further. Many of our graduates have senior positions at Motorola, Intel, HP, Walgreens, Kraft Foods, etc. Many have also gone on to teaching and/or for their Ph.D.

Below are a few of the career avenues that our students have taken:

  • Software Engineer
  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Computer Networking Professional
  • IT Project Manager
  • Web Developer


Degree Requirements

The Master’s Degree in Computer Science requires 36 credit hours of coursework, 27 of which must be earned at Northeastern Illinois University. The remaining 9 credit hours may represent courses taken at accredited institutions with graduate programs in computer science and in conformance with the rules of the Graduate College, except for CS-401, CS-404, and CS-420. The 36 hours will be made up of 9 credit hours of elective coursework (or 12 credit hours, if the student completes a Master’s Thesis), 18 credit hours of required coursework from one of three concentrations, and 9 credit hours of elective coursework (or 6 credit hours, if the student completes a Master’s Thesis).

Completion of a Master’s Thesis or Project is required. The choice will be agreed upon by the student and the graduate advisor. The three concentrations are Management Information Systems, Computer Science, and Teacher Endorsement. The purpose of the Management Information Systems concentration is to prepare students for the application of computer science and related technologies to solving business problems. The primary purpose of the Computer Science concentration is to prepare students to enter a Ph.D. program in computer science. The purpose of the Teacher Endorsement concentration is to provide teachers with:

  1. the coursework necessary to obtain an endorsement for teaching computer science, and
  2. the skills necessary to teach computer science at the pre-college level.

A teaching certificate is required to enter this concentration.

No more than 9 hours of specifically approved 300 level courses may be selected to satisfy course requirements for the Master’s Degree. Courses taken to remove deficiencies (i.e., CS-405 and CS-406) will not be counted toward the 36 hours of coursework required for the Master’s Degree. Courses taken to satisfy undergraduate degree requirements cannot be used toward the Master’s Degree.

Upon completion of 12 credit hours of graduate coursework toward the satisfaction of the course requirements for the Master’s Degree, students must formally apply for candidacy. The form should be filed with the Graduate College.


Required Core Courses:

CS-400 Discrete Modeling And Analysis 3
CS-404 Analysis Of Algorithms 3
CS-490 Master's Project (or Thesis Hours - CS 5901, 5902, 5903) 3
Total Hours 9


Management Information Systems Concentration:

CS-401 Software Engineering 3
CS-412 Web Application Development 3
CS-413 IT Project Management 3
CS-415 Design Of Data Base Systems 3
CS-419 Informatics 3
CS-420 Object-Oriented Design 3 3
Three course electives, approved by the CS Department 9
CS Core Courses 9
Total Hours 36


Computer Science Concentration:

CS-325 Theory Of Computation 3
CS-401 Software Engineering 3
CS-402 Advanced Systems Programming 3
CS-408 Advanced Operating Systems 3
CS-409 Topics In Compiler Theory 3
CS-460 Computer Security 3
Three course electives, approved by the CS Department 9
CS Core Courses 9
Total Hours 36

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 17, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2019
Sept. 2019
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1 - 6 years
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14,547 USD
In-state/neighboring state: $404.11/credit hour. Out-of-state: $808.22/credit hour. Fees: $71
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June 15, 2019
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