The goal of Northeastern's master's degree program in Computer Science is to provide individuals who have a background in computer science a means of acquiring a higher level of computer sophistication. Individuals with job titles such as application programmer/analyst, systems programmer or software engineer who want to expand the breadth of their computing background, or for whom an advanced degree is required for advancement would derive long-term benefits from this graduate program.

The master's degree in Computer Science has two concentrations:

  • one for individuals who want to enter careers in industry
  • one for individuals who want to pursue a Ph.D.

Credit hours required: 36


The program admits students for the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Program Benefits

In order to accommodate students who may be employed full-time, the courses in the graduate program are offered in the evening or on Saturday mornings. Our graduate courses usually have even fewer students than our undergraduate courses, allowing for more contact with the professor. Taking into account the amount of debt, starting and mid-career salary, Northeastern was ranked 6th best investment in the nation, right below Harvard and above Georgia Tech, (Newsweek, 2012).

Some benefits of our program are:

  • affordability
  • smaller class size
  • accessibility—day and evening classes
  • more contact with the actual professors

Career Options

Our master’s degree students obtain a variety of crucial skills necessary for either the job market or for continuing their education even further. Many of our graduates have senior positions at Motorola, Intel, HP, Walgreens, Kraft Foods, etc. Many have also gone on to teaching and/or for their Ph.D.

Below are a few of the career avenues that our students have taken:

  • Software Engineer
  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Computer Networking Professional
  • IT Project Manager
  • Web Developer

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the master's degree in Computer Science and the cources offered toward the degree.

Computer Science, M.S.

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Computer Science at (773) 442-4720.

Computer Science Department Homepage

About Northeastern

Northeastern Illinois University is home to students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

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