The CSUN Computer Science Department offers two Master of Science (MS) graduate degrees, the Master of Science in Computer Science which has been offered since 1975 and the Master of Science in Software Engineering which was started in 2007. The aim of the MS programs is to provide a core of advanced courses which build upon the knowledge gained from an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. The core is complemented by a set of electives in advanced Computer Science and Software Engineering topics and project work for a thesis.
The Computer Science Department offers a wide range of classes and provides opportunities for thesis work in many different areas. Classes are offered in diverse areas including security, networking, embedded systems, e-commerce, graphical user interfaces, object oriented software development, artificial intelligence, architecture, and theory.
The Master of Science in Computer Science program is available to students with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, as well as to students with other undergraduate majors who complete appropriate prerequisite courses. Students take a core of graduate level Computer Science classes and select from a wide range of advanced elective courses. Possible career paths with the degree include software development, systems analysis, systems design, networking, security and database design. The degree is also a good stepping stone to more advanced degrees, such as a Ph.D. in Computer Science.
The Master of Science in Software Engineering degree is open to students with undergraduate degrees in Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Computer Information Technology, as well as to students who complete the prerequisite courses. The objectives of the Software Engineering program are to develop students’ expertise in the area; to enable students to learn emerging concepts in the field; to meet the software engineering needs of the working professional; to meet the software engineering needs of technological organizations and industry; and to prepare students for subsequent graduate work in Software Engineering. Potential employment opportunities that are open to graduates include software project management, software system design and development, and software quality assurance.