Create Tomorrow's Technologies

Are you ready to push the boundaries of computer science? Create future-shaping innovations with Lewis University's online Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS). Through hands-on coursework, research and a capstone thesis, you will learn advanced computing while honing your problem-solving, analytical and creative abilities. Gain highly valued tech knowledge, specialize in one of six in-demand concentrations, and prepare to thrive in a rapidly growing field where you can shape tomorrow's technology in dramatic ways.

Earn a Quality Degree That Empowers You

When you earn your M.S. in Computer Science from Lewis University, you receive a practical education that is rigorous, customizable, market-relevant and immediately applicable to your career. In this fully online computer science degree, you will benefit from:

  • Outcomes-based learning that allows you to gain in-depth knowledge and experience in developing enterprise-scale applications, database systems, security solutions and intelligent automated systems. View the full curriculum.*
  • Personalized education that fits your career goals, with the option to choose a targeted concentration in Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Digital Forensics, Enterprise and Cloud Computing, Game and Simulation Programming, and Software Engineering. Students may also opt to create their own focus by choosing a custom set of courses instead of declaring a specialization.
  • An emphasis on research: You will learn how scholars in the field of computer science build upon past knowledge and innovations to generate new insights that power tomorrow's technology.
  • Capstone thesis or project that results in a publication-worthy document or a computer systems project sponsored by an external organization. Your work will combine theory and practice and demonstrate to employers your abilities as an innovator and problem-solver.
  • Experienced faculty who have tremendous industry experience and share their passion for computer science and the latest learning in a fast-changing field.
  • Flexibility in learning allows you to study at the times and locations that suit you — you're never required to be at the Lewis campus in Romeoville, Ill., though you're always welcome to visit.
  • Time to completion: You can complete this program in as little as one year.*

Get Career-Ready Skills

In the MSCS core courses, you will learn how to:

  • Apply, design and develop principles for constructing software systems to meet desired needs.
  • Design, implement and evaluate a secure network-based distributed system, process, component or program.
  • Learn the theoretical principles that guide research and power innovation in the field.
  • Research and apply current state-of-the-art theories and methods related to computer science.

Tailor Your Degree to Meet Your Career Goals

Choose from the following concentrations to gain expertise that boosts your value to employers and suits your career goals:

  • Artificial Intelligence
    Through courses in artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics, explore how to design and implement intelligent systems that perceive, act and learn.

    You'll complete this concentration ready to use machine learning techniques to improve system performance and create experience-based models for problem-solving.
     

  • Cyber Security
    In a concentration ranked a Top 20 Best Online Masters in Cybersecurity in 2017, learn to identify, monitor and combat cyber threats.

    Become an expert in encryption and authentication systems and design software and networks to mitigate attacks, so you can proactively and reactively secure information systems.

    Courses include skills in penetration testing, encryption, authentication and more.
     

  • Digital Forensics
    Globally, dealing with the aftermath of cybercrimes is projected to cost $6 trillion a year by 2021. Equip yourself with the cutting-edge tools and techniques you need to counteract this wave of cybercrime.

    Whether you're digging into corporate espionage or collecting evidence of cyber-bullying, you'll complete this concentration prepared to conduct thorough investigations that comply with criminal procedures.
     

  • Enterprise and Cloud Computing
    The cloud is transforming our lives, and companies need systems administrators, systems and network engineers, and consultants with fluency in cloud computing technologies.

    In this concentration, you'll learn to configure and manage virtual machines, use software such as VirtualBox, VMWare and HyperV, and propose solutions for storing and processing massive amounts of data.
     

  • Game and Simulation Programming
    Transform your passion for gaming into a successful career and work directly with faculty who have long-term programming experience as you develop and debug a video game of your own.

    Your professors will teach you how to create level data, sound effects, icons and artwork, as well as the fundamentals of artificial intelligence, object-oriented development, and software architecture and design.
     

  • Software Engineering
    Through courses in software engineering, architecture and design, testing and quality assurance, and the software production process, prepare to develop software for a variety of platforms and systems, including mobile devices and the web.

    You will learn how to design data storage systems that solve problems and incorporate security controls and protections into your software design and implementation process.
     

  • Non-Declared Concentration
    Students may choose to not declare a concentration, offering the opportunity to design their own focus for the MSCS.

Step Into a Top-Earning Role

Lewis University's online M.S. in Computer Science prepares you for some of the best-paying jobs in the industry. Besides offering earning potential beyond $100,000 annually, these positions are poised for continued growth as technology becomes an even more essential part of our lives:

Role Average
Compensation, 20171
Salary Growth
from 20161

Cloud Specialist

$117,714

3.7%

Software Developer

$96,188

3.2%

Information Security Specialist

$100,032

2.6%

Systems Programmer

$111,147

2.1%

Software Engineer

$108,059

4.5%

Storage Architect

$110,553

4.2%

Mobile Specialist/Technologist

$101,133

2.2%

Network Architect

$122,400

5.8%

With an MSCS degree, you will be ready for roles that are media-recognized as the most promising, in-demand, fastest-growing in the U.S. job market. Especially acclaimed positions include:

  • Software Engineering Manager – Ranked No. 2 on LinkedIn's Top 10 list of the most promising, in-demand jobs of 2018, with a median salary of $148,000 and year-over-year growth of 38%2.
  • Machine Learning Engineer – Ranked on LinkedIn's list of the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S., with 12x growth between 2014 and 2018.3
  • Software Developer – Ranked No. 1 on a Forbes list of the Best Jobs for 2018 and beyond, with a salary of up to $126,940 annually and 30% growth projected by 20264.
  • Mobile Developer – Ranked No. 8 on Glassdoor's 2018 list of the 50 Best Jobs in America, with a median base salary of $90,0005.

An advanced education in computer science can be a tremendous investment in your future. Set yourself up for job opportunities with top-level salaries by gaining the skills employers need. Don't miss out on your opportunity to enter the job market at this pivotal time.

What Do You Need to Apply?

Applicants for the M.S. in Computer Science must meet the following admissions requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited program in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mathematics or information systems is preferred. Applicants without undergraduate coursework in computer science or a related field will take up to six courses (18 credit hours) to provide the required foundation to pursue advanced study.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.
  • International students are required to have a TOEFL test score greater than 550 (computer-based 213; Internet-based 79).

Sources:

1ComputerWorld (n.d.). IT Salary Watch: Smart Salary Finder 2017. Retrieved on May 30, 2019, from https://www.computerworld.com/salarysurvey/tool/2017
2Bowley, R. (January 11, 2018). LinkedIn Data Reveals the Most Promising Jobs and In-Demand Skills of 2018. Official LinkedIn Blog. Retrieved on May 30, 2019, from https://blog.linkedin.com/2018/january/11/linkedin-data-reveals-the-most-promising-jobs-and-in-demand-skills-2018
3LinkedIn (December 13, 2018). LinkedIn 2018 Emerging Jobs Report. Retrieved on June 19, 2019, from https://economicgraph.linkedin.com/en-us/research/linkedin-2018-emerging-jobs-report.
4Gano, R. (2018). The Best Jobs For 2018 And Beyond. Forbes. Retrieved on May 30, 2019, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/richardgano/2018/01/29/the-best-jobs-for-2018-and-beyond/#3696cbf742c4Glasso
5Glassdoor (2018). 50 Best Jobs in America. Retrieved on May 30, 2019, from https://www.glassdoor.com/List/Best-Jobs-in-America-2018-LST_KQ0,25.htm

Take the Next Step Toward Your Future

To learn more about the online M.S. in Computer Science, call (866) 967-7046 to speak with a Graduate Admissions Counselor or request more information. Interested in visiting the campus? Lewis University is located 35 miles southwest of Chicago in Romeoville, Ill.

*Depending on previous academic preparation, applicants may need to take up to 18 additional credit hours in Foundations courses for a total of 51 credit hours, and potentially two additional semesters.