Master’s in Computer Science from a Top-Ranked Online Graduate Engineering Program
Ranked in the Top 10 for Online Graduate Engineering Programs by U.S. News and World Report
The Master of Computer Science (MCS) degree program from Arizona State University provides high-quality instruction combined with real-world experience through applied projects. You’ll gain a deep understanding of cutting-edge topics like AI, cybersecurity, blockchain, and big data.
This degree is delivered 100% online, providing the flexibility for you to learn on your own schedule. Upon completion, you’ll earn the same degree as students who study on-campus.
• Study topics from the cutting edge of computer science. You’ll learn how to perform accurate computer analysis , computational processes, and information transfer systems; leverage cloud platforms to increase productivity and effectiveness; address problems in automated planning and scheduling, natural language processing, multi-agent systems, and the semantic web; design, build, and protect secure systems; improve software reliability and network security; and invent next-generation computer systems such as biomedical information systems, search engines, or package distribution systems.
• Leverage unique opportunities from the most innovative school in the US. U.S. News and World Report named ASU the most innovative university for four consecutive years. As an ASU MCS student, you can opt to work with on-campus organizations such as the one-of-a-kind Blockchain Research Laboratory, offering a rich ecosystem of partners including private companies and government agencies. Coursework includes applied problems that are relevant to modern businesses.
• Complete a rigorous set of assignments, projects, and exams guided by the same professors that teach on campus. Designed for students seeking to expand their knowledge of computer science or computation, this program reflects the dual nature of computer science as both a scientific and engineering discipline by placing emphasis on both theory and practical applications.
• A Pathway into the degree. If you do not meet the GPA or prerequisite knowledge admission criteria, we have alternate options for you to demonstrate your capability.
Earn a MasterTrack™ Certificate in Big Data or in AI and Machine Learning
Learn more about our Pathway and Prerequisite Courses
What is the degree earned at the end of the program?
Students who complete the program will earn a Master of Computer Science degree - the exact same Master of Computer Science degree that is earned on campus.
What topic areas are available?
Students may tailor their degree through electives to focus on a variety of in-demand computer science topics, including AI, cloud computing, IoT, and machine learning.
Is the GRE required for admission?
No, the GRE is not required for admission.
Can I send unofficial documentation or does it have to be official documentation?
You can upload unofficial transcripts as part of your application. All unofficial transcripts must be submitted as one document. Unofficial transcripts are only accepted when uploaded directly in the application. If you are admitted to the university, you will be required to send official transcripts to the university.
If I take classes from another university, how many of them can I transfer to ASU?
The number of transfer credits allowed for students pursuing a master's degree varies by program and is subject to review and approval. Please review the handbook for your program regarding how many transfer credits are permitted.
Can I be accepted into the MCS program if I don’t have an engineering background?
You can. We offer four short self-paced non-credit courses that allow you to learn and demonstrate knowledge of foundational computer science topics. Depending on your undergraduate degree, you may still need to complete math courses.
Do prerequisites need to be taken from ASU?
Prerequisites do not need to be taken from ASU.
Can work experience help bypass prerequisite courses?
If students have professional or personal experience in these areas, they can complete four short, non-credit courses to demonstrate knowledge of foundational computer science topics, and satisfy this admission requirement.
Do you have any credits for people having good amount of work experience in IT?
No, we do not offer academic credit for work experience in the field.
What is the total cost of the degree program?
The total cost of this degree will be $15,000, or $1,500 per 3-credit course. There are no textbooks required for the courses.
Do I have to pay for the entire degree upfront?
No. You need to pay tuition when you enroll in each individual course. That means you’ll only pay for your courses as you take them. There is also a payment plan available at https://students.asu.edu/paymentplan.
Can completing Coursera coursework satisfy prerequisites?
Completing Coursera courses alone does not waive a prerequisite, but completing the courses and working through the material can be an excellent way to prepare for the exams offered in the four short, non-credit courses available through Continuing and Professional Education.
Are Coursera specializations accepted in application?
Completion of Open Courses and/or Specializations on the Coursera platform by itself will not earn graduate credits from the university toward the degree. You must be registered in Arizona State University credit-bearing coursework to earn graduate credit.
Can I select a concentration within my MCS degree?
Yes. You can now pursue a concentration in Cybersecurity or in Big Data.
How much time can I expect to spend per week on classes projects and assignments?
These courses follow an accelerated format. As such, you should expect to spend 15 – 20 hours per week on each course.
It says the program is 18-36 months Can It be completed earlier than that?
The completion time is based on the number of courses you enroll per semester. You must complete 30 credit hours to get your masters degree.
Can you provide a link to where I can apply as a non-degree student?
You can apply as a non-degree student by completing the link provided on the Pathway tab here: https://asuonline.asu.edu/online-degree-programs/graduate/computer-science-mcs/
Are letters of recommendation required for admission?
No, letters of recommendation are optional.
Can I transfer from online to on-campus while pursuing my ASU Master of Computer Science degree?
You will need to submit a new application to transfer your credits. If accepted, you can transfer up to 12 credits between programs from the online program to the same on campus program, as long as your grades are "B" or better.
Does my degree say online Master of Computer Science?
Your diploma and transcript will not indicate that the degree was completed online. It will appear identically to the diploma and transcript of a student who completes his or her studies on campus. The onground and online programs have the same courses, same syllabi taught by the same faculty.
Do prerequisites need to be taken from ASU?
To reduce the barriers to entry, ASU is providing applicants an option to prove their computer fundamental understanding through a series of four short, non-credit courses of which each will have a proctored exam. Passing the proctored exam will provide completion of the prerequisite.To begin, enroll in your courses here: https://courses.cpe.asu.edu/browse/mcs
Is there any credit offered for work experience in IT?
No. Academic credit cannot be given for work experience in the field.
Can completing Coursera coursework satisfy prerequisites?
Completing Coursera courses alone does not waive a prerequisite, but completing the course and working through the material can be an excellent way to prepare for the exam in the ASU offered non-credit computer science courses.
What is a statement of purpose?
The statement of purpose should include your reasons for undertaking graduate work and an
explanation of your academic interests, including their relation to your professional goals. There is no specific length for a statement of purpose. A resume will be accepted as a personal statement. Students are welcome to submit a resume or a personal statement or both.
Do the MCS courses need to be taken in a specific order?
No. You can take courses in any order. However, you must take at least one Applications, at least one Systems, and at least one Foundations course as part of the graduation requirements. You can pick seven courses from any area.
What are the requirements for English proficiency?
As the courses are taught in English, it is required that students prove that they have a strong grasp of the language. Requirements for English proficiency can be found here.
Am I able to get an internship by participating in this program?
Students will need pre-existing work authorization in order to hold an internship. Pre-existing work authorization is based on certain visa categories. See more here:
How do you evaluate international transcripts for minimum GPA?
We have a conversion rubric that we use depending on the country of origin for the transcript. Students should not try to convert their GPA on their application.
Can English proficiency be waived off for people with work experience in US?
If you are a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, you do not need to demonstrate English proficiency. We require all international applicants from a country whose native language is not English or applicants whose undergraduate degree was not at a U.S institution to provide the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson English PTE scores. The MCS program requires
a minimum score of 575 (paper-based) or 90 (internet-based) on the TOEFL exam, or a 7 for IELTS, or a 65 for PTE. English proficiency waivers are offered for degrees from certain countries. English proficiency will also be waived if you have completed at least 9 credit hours of graduate course work with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or higher (all credits must be earned in the U.S. and official transcripts must be mailed to ASU). If you need to take an English proficiency test for your application but are unable to take the TOEFL or IELTS, please contact us toll-free at 1-844-353-7953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for options. To see a full list of ways to demonstrate English Proficiency, go here: https://admission.asu.edu/international/graduate/english-proficiency
Is there a way for international students to pay their tuition by wire transfers if they are unable to pay by a credit card?
ASU has partnered with Flywire to provide a payment option for students to send international payments by wire transfer. See the International Wire Transfer Payments section on this page: https://students.asu.edu/paymentoptions
Is a three-year undergraduate degree eligible for admission to MCS?
A student must have the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Students who have a three-year bachelor’s degree can take one year of a master’s degree program in their home country to be equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree.
Are there scholarships available for the program?
There are limited scholarships available for this program. Learn more here:
https://scholarships.asu.edu/. Financial aid options are also available. Learn more here:
How can I get transcripts from my undergraduate institution, if my degree was achieved particularly in India or China?
Bring the original document into the admissions office in person. You can bring your original transcripts to the admissions counter in SSV M-F (M 8 am-4 pm, T-F 8 am-5pm) on the Tempe campus and we will view the document to determine authenticity, make a copy of the original and provide the original back to you. Provide an attestation from the issuing institution or Ministry of Education. Usually this is in the form of a copy of the transcript with a stamp indicating it is an attested true copy of the original. The stamp would be the seal of the office doing the attestation along with the signature of the authorizing authority. You can submit this to us once received. It does not need to come directly from the entity doing the attestation.NOTE: We don’t accept a notarized copy.Credentials from India and China can be sent to ASU electronically through our parchment feed. Applicants from Chinese institutions can request and submit official transcripts directly through CHESICC. Requests are processed by CHESICC and will be sent electronically to Arizona State University admissions office. You will not need to submit a paper copy of your transcript. Go here to get started. Applicants from institutions in India can request and submit official transcripts directly through TrueCopy Credentials. Requests are processed by Truecopy Credentials and will be sent electronically to the Arizona State University admissions office. You will not need to submit a paper copy of your transcript. Please note that TrueCopy can take between 2-8 weeks to send transcripts.