Grand Canyon University

M.S. in Computer Science


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S. in Computer Science

Format: Online

Program Description:

Earn your MS in Computer Science

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Computer Science is designed for computer science, engineering, information technology and science professionals with a strong background in computer science-related areas. Graduate students will deepen their understanding of the interplay between computer science and how theory and practice influence the other.

This online MS in computer science master’s explores topics of abstraction, complexity, evolutionary change, as well as a set of general principles, such as sharing common resources, security and concurrency. Upon completing the program, students will have the skills training to design, implement and improve theoretical and functional systems based on quantitative and qualitative assessments of their functionality, usability and performance.

In our rapidly advancing, high-tech world, the computer science industry continues to grow and demand qualified, highly skilled innovators. Therefore, computer science professionals are likely to have a wide range of job prospects and expansive employment opportunities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics informs that employment growth for computer and information research scientists is 19% (much faster than average) with an employment change of 5,400 (2016-26).* The computer and information research field typically requires a master’s degree, according to the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Computer Science Master's Degree Courses at GCU

This MS in Computer Science program is broken down in these core domains:

    Mathematics: Apply calculus and linear algebra methods to solve computing problems, use probability and statistics for decision making and create ideas based on math concepts.
    Algorithms and Complexity: Design algorithms, describe the architecture of parallel/distributed systems and calculate the computational complexity of algorithms that may solve a problem.
    Computing Systems: Demonstrate an understanding of multicore/multiprocessor architectures, evaluate computing systems design alternatives and build software systems. Research and Applications: Formulate research questions, design experiments, analyze results and communicate findings of computational problems.
    Artificial Intelligence: Automate data for repetitive learning/discovery, develop applications adaptable through progressive learning algorithms and analyze data to uncover trends.
    Professionalism, Ethics and Sustainability: Determine if a new data-driven business process uses customer data ethically, demonstrate ethical judgment and examine how a Christian worldview applies.

Curriculum focuses on course topics such as:

    Design and analysis of algorithms
    Advanced operating systems
    Programming languages
    Parallel programming
    Research methods in computational sciences
    Machine learning for computer science

The online Master of Science in Computer Science program culminates in a capstone course in which students develop an evidence-based practice project proposal that addresses a current problem, issue or concern in the field. Students identify a problem amenable to research-based intervention, search literature, propose a solution and create a theoretical model. The course further includes implementing the software solution, evaluating its outcome and disseminating the findings.
How Long Does It Take to Get an Online MS in Computer Science?

The time to completion for this 38-credit program is 84 weeks or 20 months. Students will complete this computer science program in under two years and may choose to earn their degree 100 percent online or on campus during the evening. These options allow students to study in the modality that they prefer and meets their needs.

Candidates must have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or electrical engineering. If the student does not have a degree in one of these programs, they will be eligible for the bridge program.
What Can You Do with a Master of Science in Computer Science?

Graduates may move on to pursue senior and leadership roles within an organization such as researcher, algorithm designer, enterprise software tool developer, senior software architect, senior software developer, director of software development and many others. This program also prepares graduates who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in computer science or related disciplines.

Potential workplace settings include game developers, social media companies, health care providers, large corporations, financial institutions, insurance companies, educational institutions, technology suppliers, consulting firms, research facilities and more.

*Retrieved from:


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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