CS@UCM - Prepare for Career Success
Welcome to the M.S. in Computer Science program at the University of Central Missouri. You will have access to high-quality instruction in the most affordable computer science master’s program in the state of Missouri. As a matter of fact, we are the largest Computer Science master program in Missouri. The program is designed to assist you in becoming a senior computer professionals in the computer industry, and its focus is on the application of technology to solve a variety of practical problems. The M. S. in Computer Science program is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) through the University of Central Missouri.
Recent graduates of the program are working in organizations such as Amazon, Boeing, Cerner, DST Systems, Garmin, IBM, J.P. Morgan, MasterCard, Microsoft, Sprint, Wal-Mart and many other Fortune 500 companies.
Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) is a 30-hour program. Currently, three 18-hours tracks are available. These are:
- Software Development
- Data Science
- General Computer Science
Admission is granted on the basis of applicant’s academic aptitude and potential which will be evaluated through academic record, test scores and/or work experience. To be admitted to the program, a student must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.8. Applicants must complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimum combined score of 291 in Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning. Applicants must submit official GRE test scores by Educational Testing Services (ETS) directly to the University of Central Missouri. The ETS institution code for sending GRE scores to UCM is 6090, the program code is 0402. Applicants with exceptional undergraduate performance may be considered with a lower GRE score.
The GRE test requirement can be waived if any one of the following conditions is satisfied.
- the student is a graduate of an accredited college or university with a degree in Computer Science/Information Technology/Information Systems and a GPA of 3.5 or more, OR
- the student has earned an M.S. or more advanced degree in a closely related discipline
International students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (Internet-based) is required. IELTS and PTE scores are also accepted at UCM. Regular graduate students should have a band score of 6.0 in IELTS or 53 in PTE. The English requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a minimum of 60 semester credit hours or have earned a bachelor or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in the USA. Submission of a Statement of Purpose and three letters of recommendation is OPTIONAL for admission. They may, however, be required if the student applies for Graduate Assistantship or Student Worker positions.
Applicants who have degrees in some non-computing fields will also be considered for admission. Students may make up their deficiencies in computer science by completing the required undergraduate background courses. Applicants who do not meet one of the above minimum admission requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis.
This option emphasizes the development of real-world applications, from the ground up. You will be equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to develop large software products in a variety of industries. For example, you are able to study Software testing, application development, and software engineering.
Be part of an exciting rapidly growing field with many career paths and opportunities. You will gain the skills knowledge to made sense of data coming from a variety of sources. Data Science is making new discoveries in medicine, science, and business possible.
General Computer Science
This area will provide you with a broad range of knowledge and tools you can use to develop software products or apply to theoretical computing. You are able to study mobile computing, web development, big data, data mining, even artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
Numerous scholarships are available specifically for Computer Science majors. In addition, there are paid opportunities to work as graduate assistant.
Explore Computer Science outside the classroom by joining a Computer Science student organization. These include:
- Upsilon Pi Epsilon, an honor society for Computing and Information disciplines, and
- a student chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery
By participating in these organizations, you will learn from guest speakers, attend regional and national conferences, and participate in state and/or national programming competitions.