Be What's Next

You’d be hard-pressed to find a tech firm founder or leader without a strong basis in Computer Science. Now it's your turn to be the next great developer, programmer, or analyst. It all starts here.

For the next decade, there’s nothing but growth projected for Computer Science jobs. Get your Master of Science in Computer Science from NSU, and take your career to any industry, just about anywhere in the world. It’s cachet backed up by practical, real-world skills to lead advanced projects, work in specialized roles, and manage entire systems, networks, and databases.

Choose From Six Concentrations:

  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Systems
  • Data Science
  • Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
  • Real-World Computing
  • Artificial Intelligence

The security concentration is recognized by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and its affiliated federal agencies.

Accelerate Your Computer Science Degree

In the tech world, every second counts. Advance your future with new 8 week courses designed to be completed in 1 year.

Quick Facts

Curriculum

NSU’s M.S. in Computer Science is 30 total credits (10 courses) to complete. 8 week courses are available, so you can earn your degree in 1 year.

Start Dates

All College of Computing and Engineering master's degree programs begin in AugustJanuary, and May.

Delivery Options

Classes for the M.S. in Computer Science program are offered online or at our Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus. Each on-campus class meets once a week in the evening for 16 weeks in the fall, 17 weeks in the winter term, and 12 weeks in the summer term.

Tuition

Tuition for the degree program is $874 per credit hour. Discounted rates are available through our employer tuition program.

Career Outcomes

Software Developer

$114,336 Average Salary Per Year

Systems Architect

$138,277 Average Salary Per Year

Data Scientist

$106,298 Average Salary Per Year

Source: The Dice 2020 Tech Salary Report

Computer Science Curriculum

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Prerequisite Courses*
Credits
MSIT 501
Foundations of Programming, Data Structures, and Algorithms (MSIT 501 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 501
Computer Organization and Architecture (CISC 501 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 502
Mathematics in Computing (CISC 502 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 503
Data Structures and Algorithms (CISC 503 / Credits: 3 )
3
Core Courses (15 credits)
Credits
CISC 610
Programming Languages (CISC 610 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 615
Design and Analysis of Algorithms (CISC 615 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 640
Operating Systems (CISC 640 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 660
Database Management Systems (CISC 660 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 680
Software Engineering (CISC 680 / Credits: 3 )
3
Required Courses (12 credits)
Credits
CISC 682
Software Requirements Engineering (CISC 682 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 683
Object-Oriented Design (CISC 683 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 684
Software Testing and Verification (CISC 684 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 685
Interaction Design (CISC 685 / Credits: 3 )
3
Elective Course (3 credits)
Choose any M.S. in Computer Science concentration courses** ( )
Required Courses (12 credits)
Credits
CISC 662
Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery in Databases (CISC 662 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 664
Information Retrieval and Web Search Engine Technology (CISC 664 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 670
Artificial Intelligence (CISC 670 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 685
Interaction Design (CISC 685 / Credits: 3 )
3
Elective Course (3 credits)
Choose any M.S. in Computer Science concentration courses** ( )
Required Courses (9 credits)
Credits
CISC 650
Computer Networks (CISC 650 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 665
Distributed Systems (CISC 665 / Credits: 3 )
3
ISEC 660
Advanced Network Security (ISEC 660 / Credits: 3 )
3
Elective Courses (6 credits)
Choose any two M.S. in Computer Science concentration courses** ( )
Required Courses (12 credits)
Credits
CISC 662
Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery in Databases (CISC 662 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 664
Information Retrieval and Web Search Engine Technology (CISC 664 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 672
Data Visualization (CISC 672 / Credits: 3 )
3
MMIS 671
Data Analytics (MMIS 671 / Credits: 3 )
3
Elective Course (3 credits)
Choose any M.S. in Computer Science concentration courses** ( )
Required Courses (12 credits - select 4 courses)
Credits
ISEC 615
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity (ISEC 615 / Credits: 3 )
3
ISEC 620
Applied Cryptography (ISEC 620 / Credits: 3 )
3
ISEC 640
Database Security (ISEC 640 / Credits: 3 )
3
ISEC 650
Computer and Network Forensics (ISEC 650 / Credits: 3 )
3
ISEC 660
Advanced Network Security (ISEC 660 / Credits: 3 )
3
Elective Course (3 credits)
Choose any M.S. in Computer Science concentration courses** ( )
Required Courses (12 credits)
Credits
CISC 665
Distributed Systems (CISC 665 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 668
Mobile Application Development (CISC 668 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 670
Artificial Intelligence (CISC 670 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 681
Computer Graphics (CISC 681 / Credits: 3 )
3
Elective Course (3 credits)
Choose any M.S. in Computer Science concentration courses** ( )
Required Courses (15 credits)
Select a mix of 5 courses from concentrations and/or electives** ( )

*Applicants who do not have adequate academic backgrounds may be required to take one or more of the 500-level graduate prerequisite courses during the first two terms of the program.

**Any course in the concentrations aforementioned is also an elective course in the program. Additionally, any offerings of CISC 631—Theory of Computation or CISC 690—Special Topics in Computer Science, will count as electives.

Students who opt to do a thesis will replace two of the elective courses with these credits. Plans for the thesis option must be made with and approved by the program office.

Courses at the 500 level, when required, must be completed prior to taking courses at the 600 level. All 500-level courses must be completed with a grade of ‘B’ or higher to continue in the computer science degree program. 

For a full list of all course descriptions, visit coursewizard.nova.edu.

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Take The Next Step

The College of Computing and Engineering graduate enrollment office is located on the fourth floor in the Carl DeSantis Building on NSU's Fort Lauderdale-Davie campus in Davie, Florida. Click here for a map.

Phone: (954) 262-2031 or Toll-Free: (800) 986-2247 ext. 22031

Email: computing@nova.edu

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