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Computer Science Department Graduate Programs

The following page is presents information on the CSUN Computer Science Department Graduate Programs.

CSUN Computer Science - Graduate Programs


2/13/14 - For students preparing their thesis for Spring 2014 completion, a completed working draft of the thesis is required for submission to Graduate Studies for review by April 11, 2014 and a final submission of the thesis is required by May 9, 2014, both through ETD.

1/27/14 - CECS Annual Scholarship applications are due March 3, 2014 at 5:00PM. The Application form is available online here.

10/30/13 - Note that COMP 686 has been renumbered to COMP 583. If you have taken COMP 686, do not take COMP 583 as it will not count towards your degree program.

9/11/13 - Spring 2014 application deadline is November 1, 2013 (non-international applicants) and October 31, 2013 (international applicants).

8/6/13 - Deadline for applying for this year's Graduate Thesis, Project or Performance Support Program funds is September 16, 2013.

6/18/13 - Starting on August 1, applications accepted for Spring 2014.

11/6/12 - Fall 2013 application deadline is July 1, 2013 (non-international applicants) and June 3, 2013 (international applicants).

8/28/12 - Starting on October 1, applications accepted for Fall 2013.

8/20/12 - New web site launched.

Contact Us

Email: csgrad@csun.edu

Graduate Coordinator: Ani Nahapetian


CSUN campus Jacaranda Hall

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.

Master of Science in Computer Science

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.

Master of Science in Software Engineering

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.