Master of Science in Computer Science
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Course Fee
$ 980.30 Per Credit
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Course Duration
24 Months
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  • M.S. in Computer Science

    Our M.S. in Computer Science provides a higher level of understanding in computational science and its application to a variety of fields, including education, industry, research, business and government. As a student, you have the opportuntiy to choose from a wide range of advanced topics to tailor their coursework to meet your career and personal goals. Project-intensive courses provide hands-on experience with popular technologies such as game design, robotics and computer graphics.

    The Rowan University Master of Science in Computer Science program requires the completion of 30 semester hours (s.h.). Both a thesis and a non-thesis track are available. Ten distinct courses must be taken to fulfill the Master’s Degree. Any course taken that belongs in multiple categories cannot double count. Up to two courses may be taken from other, appropriate graduate programs subject to advisor approval, provided all requirements for this MS degree are fulfilled.


    • Thesis Track: Students in the thesis track may choose to take a 6-credit thesis sequence or a 9 credit thesis sequence. Their remaining 9 or 6 credits may be additional core courses and/or electives.
    • Non-Thesis Track: Students choosing the non-thesis track must take 18 additional credits of elective or core courses.

    Algorithms Core:

    • All students must complete a 3 credit Algorithms Core course

    Common Core:

    • All students must complete 9-credits of Common Core courses.

    The following courses make up the M.S. in Computer Science program.

    • 10 Courses/ 30 Semester Hours
    • Foundation Courses: No
    • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes


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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) in Computer Science or related field from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Submission of official GRE test results is highly recommended
  • Standardized English language test score – a TOEFL minimum score of 70, IELTS minimum score of 6.0, PTE minimum score of 50 or Duolingo test minimum score of 110 for traditional admissions.
    * If you dont meet the English required scores please see Conditional Admissions
  • Students accepted into the program are expected to be well versed in programming, discrete mathematics, computer organization/architecture, direct interactions with operating systems, data structures, and algorithmic thinking either through undergraduate course work or work experience. Students not meeting all of these criteria may be accepted into this master’s program but will be required to complete one or two computer science bridge courses before enrolling into other computer science graduate courses. These courses are:
    • CS 01501 Essential of Computer Science I*
    • CS 01502 Essentials of Computer Science II*
      • (*CS 01501 and CS 01502 will not count toward the 30 graduate credits needed for degree completion)


The chart below details available entry terms for the M.S. in Computer Science program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Fall July 1
Spring November 1
Summer April 1



Graduate and Doctoral Tuition and Fees 

Tuition - $980.30 Cost per credit hour

M.S. in Computer Science program - 30 Semester Hours

At Rowan University, we pride ourselves on being vigilant and frugal about tuition. We work hard to provide quality education while seeking to reduce the barrier that college costs can present students.


We know paying for tuition can be a challenge. That is why Rowan provides students with the financial resources needed to put their education first by offering grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.


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