WPI's Master of Computer Science (MCS) online is a program designed to help you strengthen your skills in programming, systems, and networks, and apply what you’ve learned right away in your profession. Rather than featuring research seminars or a thesis, the MCS is a terminal degree focused on helping you advance your career, grow your professional development, and contribute to the computing field.
During the program, you’ll work with a group of like-minded peers on real-world projects that are relevant to your profession. This includes a final capstone—a substantial evaluation your computer science experience.
Uniquely, you can customize the program through electives that deepen your understanding in one of four specialized areas, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics & Management, Cybersecurity, or Business Intelligence.
Deepen your skills in blockchain, operating systems, network programming, and more
Work in commonly used program languages including C++, Python, Java, and others
Learn from world-class faculty who are scholarly and industry leaders in their fields
Collaborate on real-world projects that will equip you with experience you can use right away in your career
Take advantage of bridge courses, which allows for no specific undergraduate degree to enroll
No application fees or GRE required!
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Curriculum for Master of Computer Science Online
The Master of Computer Science online program begins with a foundational track required for students without appropriate programming experience. After completing core courses, you can choose from four specializations in Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics & Management, Cybersecurity, or Business Intelligence.
The Master of Computer Science degree program requires at least 30 credits hours of study, which will include 10 three-credit courses.
Students with no prior background may complete this 30-credit plan:
Foundation (6 credits)
CS 5007 Introduction to Programming Concepts, Data Structures, and Algorithms
CS 5008 Introduction to Systems and Network Programming
Design Core (12 credits)
CS 5084 Introduction to Algorithms: Design and Analysis
CS 509 Design of Software Systems
CS 542 Database Management Systems
CS 528 Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing or
CS 546 Human-Computer Interaction
Elective Courses (9 credits)
Elective focus areas:
Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Focus
Big Data Management Focus
Computing Systems Focus
Capstone Experience (3 credits)
CS 588 Computer Science Capstone Experience
Students with strong prior backgrounds may omit some foundation courses and instead complete additional elective courses.
Make the Most of Your WPI Experience
Current WPI students, even those whose undergraduate degree is not in computer science, may explore a BS/MS program option to gain both degrees in an accelerated plan.
The program does not require an undergraduate degree in computer science, but applicants need experience with a programming language, such a Python, Java, C, or C++ and undergraduate math coursework in calculus, statistics, or probability.
The application is closed for Spring 2023 as of October 19, 2022. Applications submitted after that time will be considered for Fall 2023. Click here to apply now.
If you do not have a bachelor's degree, please view our list of undergraduate programs.
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Are You Ready for the Next Step in Your Computer Science Career?
Whether you’re looking for a flexible program or an opportunity for rigorous research, WPI’s computer science department has myriad programs to fit your needs. The Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) degree program will advance your skills through work in the classroom and in WPI’s cutting-edge labs. You may target your academics toward what interests you—including areas such as artificial intelligence, data mining, learning sciences, game development, mobile computing, and security.
Are you specifically interested in interpreting data for patterns and learning how to use that information to help organizations? The data science field is growing quickly and a Master's in Data Science might be your next step.
If you are looking for a PhD in Computer Science, our program offers opportunities to push the boundaries of research. You’ll be able to explore the possibilities in specialties including robotics, image science, software engineering, artificial intelligence, and computer security.
And if you’re already a working professional but don’t have the time for an advanced degree program just yet, look into WPI’s computer science graduate certificate to boost your skills in a manageable program.