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Master's Degree in Computer Science

The Master of Science in Computer Science program at Norfolk State University provides a quality graduate education to students, especially those from the underrepresented sector of the population, by strengthening analytic skills, offering valuable research experiences, and promoting professional development in computer science.

There are four choices of study:

  • 1. General Study in Computer Science
  • 2. Emphasis in Information Assurance
  • 3. Emphasis in Computational Science and Engineering
  • 4. Emphasis in Communication Networks

Overall Degree Requirements

The curriculum for the Masters of Science in Computer Science requires the successful completion of 36 credit of course work including a thesis (6 credits), or 33 graduate credit hours of course work including a project (3 credits).

All degree requirements must be completed within four calendar years. No more than 6 graduate credits may be transferred from other graduate schools. Full-time students starting with a B.S. degree in Computer Science should expect to take 1-1/2 to 2 years to complete the Master of Science degree.


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Who Hired Our Graduates/Where are They Now?

Graduates of the NSU Computer Science and Cybersecurity Programs are very successful in obtaining good jobs with great starting salaries from industry, government and academic institutions across the nation. Students at NSU are given many opportunities to travel to professional conferences, symposiums and job fairs, around the country. They showcase their accomplishments, meet peers with similar interest, and get to know faculty at other institutions who might offer internships, employment or graduate school opportunities.

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