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Online Master of Science in Computer Science

The online Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) is designed for professionals looking to grow their computer science expertise and excel in this evolving industry.

Offered by the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville, the Master of Science in Computer Science program delivers timely and relevant information on key areas of importance within the industry today including databases, artificial intelligence, analytics, data mining and more. You will graduate with a deepened understanding of computer science fundamentals as well as a more informed perspective on current issues—helping you advance your career in this forward-moving industry.

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Online MSCS Highlights

  • Apply with no GRE or GMAT scores – not required for admission!
  • Join one of the top graduate programs in the state of Kentucky and nationwide.
  • Use your electives to develop expertise and earn a certificate in data science or cybersecurity.
  • Choose between a thesis-based, project-based or a course only program completion option.
  • Transfer in 6 credit hours of graduate studies from other accredited universities, pending department review.
  • Earn your degree in just as little as 2 years with year-round courses.
  • Take courses 100% online, or blend your coursework with online and on-campus options.


The J.B. Speed School of Engineering has been educating technical professionals since 1924 and features classes and research taught by internationally recognized faculty as well as state-of-the-art computer and networking laboratories.

Is UofL’s online MSCS program the right one for you?

The online master’s in computer science accepts students with undergraduate degrees in fields outside computer science and computer engineering. If you have a technical degree or relevant experience, and a passion for the industry, our program could be a great fit for you. Find out what prerequisites you need in order to earn your computer science degree with us.

Online Graduate Computer Science Certificates

Specialize your knowledge and add valuable credentials to your career portfolio by earning an online certificate while completing your master’s degree. You can also start with a certificate and move into the master’s program with ease.


Complete this degree on your own time through fully online coursework.

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10 courses are required for completion – 5 core, 3 electives and a thesis or capstone project (6 credits).

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Specialize your expertise using MSCS electives to earn a certificate in Data Science or Cybersecurity.

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"As soon as I graduated in May of 2023 from the Master of Science in Computer Science online program, I came to the University of Louisville for a job fair. I met with a company that needed assistant managers and data analysts. I did an interview, they asked me a ton of questions. I got the job and I actually start my new position on Monday. Being prime military and having a master’s degree did help."

Freddie Omambia

What can I do with a master’s in computer science?

Computers are used in nearly every aspect of our lives today—from our mobile devices to our desktops, to large systems supporting government and for-profit organizations, to supercomputers and grids of networked processors expanding the frontiers of science and technology. As a result, it’s unsurprising that the demand for highly-trained workers in these areas is booming.

Jobs for computer scientists and engineers are among the fastest growing occupations. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that employment is projected to grow 11 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations—with a projected 531,200 new jobs created. Our graduates are employed in a wide variety of environments, including computer and electronic product manufacturing, development and support businesses, academia, military, government and more.

By earning UofL’s online master’s in computer science, you will gain the expertise and skills you need to take advantage of this industry growth. Gain skills in rapidly advancing technology including cloud computing, big data, and information security. You’ll also have the opportunity to specialize your master’s with an added certificate in Data Science or Cybersecurity—earned at no extra time or cost.

What is the expected salary with a master’s in computer science?

According to BLS, the average annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $100,530 in May 2022, which was double the average wage of $45,760 for other industry occupations in the nation.


Preferred Application Deadline Term Start Date
August 1 Fall August
November 15 Spring January
April 1 Summer May

Note: We admit students on a rolling basis. The preferred deadlines help you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance and enroll before the term begins. We review applications as they become complete, and admit students for a specific term up to the day classes start. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time.

How to Apply for the Online MSCS Program

  1. Complete application for admission
  2. Submit $65 non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work
  4. Check for Scholarships


Online MSCS Admissiton Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university*
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
      Applicants with GPA below the recommended 2.75 may be considered for admission based on additional criteria, including excellent recommendation letters, resume or persona statement and academic performance.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement or resume

No GRE required for admission.

*See the Graduate School Transfer of Credit Policy for more information.

Send all materials to:
Graduate Admissions
University of Louisville
2211 S. Brook Street
Louisville, KY 40292

International Students

If you live outside of the United States and intend to complete an online academic program from your home country, be sure to view special requirements for international students. Online students do not qualify for US visa.

Don’t have a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering/computer science?

You are not alone! More than ever before, professionals with non-computer science educational background are seeking to earn computer science credentials at the graduate level for career change or advancement opportunities. The online Master of Science in Computer Science at UofL is available to applicants with a technical degree or relevant experience.

Non-computer science candidates often need to complete undergraduate prerequisites before applying to the master’s program. These requirements can be completed online at UofL.

Prerequisite Courses Hours

CSE 130

Introduction to Programming Languages (C/C++ Programing)

CSE 310

Discrete Structures

CSE 503

Survey of Computer Engineering and Computer Science (Data Structure & Design of Operating Systems)

Important Note: The actual number and type of prerequisites is determined on a case-by-case basis, based on candidate’s official transcripts and evaluation of transferable credit. Also, the length of the program will depend on the number of prerequisites needed for the completion of graduate coursework.

Online MSCS Transfer Credits

You may transfer up to six credit hours of graduate coursework from an accredited university, pending department approval. See the Graduate School Transfer of Credit Policy for more information.

Areas Courses Hours
(1 course required)
CSE 504 Automata Theory (not available online)

CSE 611 Architecture 

CSE 619 Design & Analysis of Computer Algorithms 
(2 courses required)

CSE 516 Computer Networks

CSE 535 Introduction to Databases

CSE 545 Artificial Intelligence

CSE 550 Software Engineering

CSE 629 Distributed Systems Design

CSE 630 Advanced Databases

CSE 640 Internet Application Design & Development  
(2 courses required)

CSE 522 Performance Evaluation of Computer Systems

CSE 563 Experimental Design in Engineering

CSE 620 Combinatorial Optimization & Modern Heuristics

CSE 622 Simulation and Modeling Discrete Systems

CSE 627 Digital Image Processing

CSE 632 Data Mining

CSE 635 Data Mining with Linear Models 

Electives 3 CSE Electives 9
Select Thesis, Project or Course Only Option
Thesis Option CSE 690 MS Thesis 6
Project Option CSE 696 and CSE 6XX (Project-Oriented Course)

CSE Elective
Course Only Option See Catalog 6

Total Credit Hours


The program requires minimum 15 credit hours of 600 level courses. Electives must be chosen so that at least one-half of the credits counted toward the degree are 600-level.


Course Descriptions

    • Is the GRE/GMAT required?
      No, this program does not require the GRE/GMAT tests.
    • Can I do the thesis option as an online student?
      Yes! Online students are welcome to do the thesis, project, or course only option.
    • Are there career services for this program?
      Yes! The J.B. Speed School of Engineering offers career services for alumni and current students, including online students. For more information, please visit this webpage.
    • My degree is not in Computer Science or a related area, can I still apply?

      Yes, the pre-requisites are designed as if students do not have any knowledge in Computer Science and completing the 3 pre-requisite classes will serve as a foundation for a student to be successful in this program.

      The pre-requisite classes include: CSE 130, Intro to C & C++ Programming, CSE 310 Discrete Structure, and CSE 503, Survey of CSE: Data Structure & Design of Operating Systems.