Master of Science
in Computer Science
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In the Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) program at National University, you’ll learn to combine the fundamental knowledge and best practices for software engineering, database theory and design, and cloud computing. You’ll then have the opportunity to use those skills to solve real-world problems. Besides its comprehensive immersion in computing foundations, what sets this program apart is its emphasis on developing essential communication skills so you’ll be able to clearly discuss issues, trends, and solutions with both technical and non-technical audiences.
This online program offers specializations in several advanced areas, a three-month project solving a real problem for a real client against a deadline, and training that reflects current and future industry needs. MSCS degree graduates are prepared to assume a leadership role in the field.
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Program Learning Outcomes
- Create software requirements specifications, and design and develop complex software systems.
- Evaluate computer security vulnerabilities and threats, and countermeasures that are effective and ethical.
- Analyze, design, and develop database solutions by translating database modeling theory into sound database design and implementation.
- Analyze and design complex front-end applications for cloud and client-server architectures and integrate them with backend databases.
- Compare and contrast alternative systems for process and memory management.
- Demonstrate critical thinking and ability to analyze and synthesize computer science concepts and skills with ethical standards.
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