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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


4/6/20 - The Spring 2021 application deadline for domestic students is November 1, 2020.

5/28/20 - All graduate programs advising has moved to email (csgrad@csun.edu).

5/28/20 - All graduate defenses for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 shall be carried out via Zoom.

5/28/20 - The V-form requirement, i.e. to attend two other defenses, has been waived for students graduating Summer 2020 or Fall 2020.

6/29/17 - COMP 482 can be taken to satisfy the Computer Science MS program prerequisites, but can not be used for credit towards either the Computer Science MS or the Software Engineering MS program, i.e. it can not serve as a 400-level elective.

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Email: csgrad@csun.edu


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, graphical user interfaces, networking, 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.