MSCIS - Computer Science Track

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Apply Your Diverse Skills to a Growing Field 

Combine your analytical nature and creativity to build expertise in programming, data structures and fundamental computer language design. 

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Concentrate Your MSCIS in Computer Science   

Computer Science combines theoretical understanding with hands-on work, enabling students to understand the basics of computation and build secure databases and systems that help the virtual world flourish. 

Sacred Heart University’s Computer Science and Information Technology (MSCSIT) degree prepares individuals for leadership roles in the CS industry. The coursework in our program represents a realistic balance between CS foundational theory and applied hands-on technical courses. Core classes include courses in the following areas: Data Structures, Cryptography, Software Engineering, Database and Operating Systems, Programming Languages, Networking, Cyber Security, and Theory. Electives include Algorithms, Discrete Structures and Logic, Advanced Computer Gaming, Mobile Application Development, Data Warehousing, Web Development and Cloud Computing.  

Computer Science offers an array of job opportunities

The Computer Science field is growing rapidly. MSCIS graduates who concentrate in Computer Science can enjoy careers such as:

  • Software Applications Developer
  • Network Systems administrator
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Computer Systems Engineer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Security Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Architect
  • Security Architect


  • Minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate-level coursework
  • Additional 13 hours of prerequisite coursework may be required
  • Students with an undergraduate degree in Computer of Information Science may receive waivers for some courses
  • Course waivers are not granted for work experience
  • A thesis is not required, but students who elect to complete a thesis must enroll in CS 690 and CS 691 (Thesis I and II)
  • Students who do not complete a thesis must complete at least three credits of CS 670 (Research Project Seminar)
  • Degrees are granted upon satisfactory completion of all coursework and a favorable recommendation of the faculty responsible for CS 690/691 or CS 670

Prerequisite Courses | If required

  • CS 500 Introduction to Structured Programming 3 CR
  • CS 501 Introduction to Data Structures 3 CR

Required Courses | 30-33 credits

  • CS 551 Introduction to OOP with Java 3 CR
  • CS 603 Database Design (Oracle) 3 CR
  • CS 604 Advanced Software Engineering 3 CR
  • CS 611 Operating/Multiprogramming Systems 3 CR
  • CS 614 Theory of Computation 3 CR
  • CS 615 Programming in Unix 3 CR
  • CS 622 Network Security I 3 CR
  • CS 625 Cryptography 3 CR
  • CS 626 Intro to Cyber-Security 3 CR
  • CS 670 Research Project Seminar 3 CR OR
  • CS 690-691 Thesis Work (I and/or II) 3-6 CR

Electives | 3-6 credits

MElectives may be chosen from any of the IT course offerings. It is at the discretion of the academic program director to approve any other CS or MBA course offering as an appropriate elective.

Start building programs—and your career. Apply for your Master of Science in Computer and Information Science today.