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Master of Science in Computer Science

American University
Program overview
2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
Washington D.C.
Fall 2023

Washington D.C.
Spring 2023

About this program

Master of Science in Computer Science

We live in an increasingly digital world, and AU's MS in Computer Science willboot up your careerin this dynamic, growing field. Our program emphasizeshands-on, experientiallearning to develop the knowledge and skills that will prepare you for a career in government, scientific, and commercial settings.

Unlike other computer science MS programs, we trainstudents with diverse backgrounds, not just those who majored in computer science as an undergraduate. This allows our graduates to combine their computer science expertise with their prior education in another field toproduce innovative applicationsof their knowledge and abilities in a variety of settings.

Make your degree fit your intellectual interests and career goals by selecting one offour tracks of specialization: applied computer science, game and computational media, data science, and cybersecurity. After building astrong theoretical foundationwith our core coursework, you will receivepractical trainingin applying computer science theory and methods to problem solving across a variety of fields, including media, games, finance, medicine, entertainment, environments, and political science.

Admission requirements

English Language Proficiency

Official results of one of the following English Proficiency Exams are required of international students. We accept the following:

  • IELTS, minimum score of 7.0
  • TOEFL, minimum score of 100
  • TOEFL Essentials, minimum score of 10
  • PTE, minimum score of 68
  • DUOLINGO, minimum score of 120

Please note that waivers are granted on a rare basis and must be approved by the CAS Office of Graduate Enrollment Management.Requests will be assessed only upon completion of submitting all other required supplemental items.

We can consider waivers for applicants who meet the following criteria:

1.) Earned a bachelor's degree or higherfrom an accreditedUS-based university


2.) Earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited university where English is theonlylanguage of instructionandtheonlyofficial language of the country where the university is based.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content


  • Design and Organization of Programming Languages
  • Database Management Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Operating Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence


  • Applied Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Science
  • Game and Computational Media

Please visit the course website for more information.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The program is open to full-time and part-time students


Tuition Fee: $1,866 Per credit hour

Career paths

Our students graduate withunique skillsthat translate intosuccessful, lucrative, and rewarding career paths. Due to the strong and growing demand for workers with CS skills, the MS in Computer Science is one of thefastest growing degrees in the country. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 19-percent increase in jobs for computer and information research scientists between 2016and 2026.

Students in the data science track are entering thegrowing fieldof extracting insights from very large datasets. Data scientists arein high demandin the DC area and nationwide. Students in the games and computational media track can collaborate with students in the MA in Game Design program AU Game Lab tocreate their own start-upsor work in thegrowing global game industry, media companies, museums, cultural centers, public policy groups, and NGOs.

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American University

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4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
DC 20016 Washington

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