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Northwest Missouri State University

About The MS-Applied Computer Science Program

The Program

The Master of Science in Applied Computer Science offers students with strong undergraduate background in a technical computing discipline an opportunity to increase their technical expertise and to complement that expertise with fundamental business concpets related specifically to information technology. The term Applied Computer Science was carefully chosen. The practical skills developed for a wide variety of high-demand areas, as well as the firm conceptual foundation provided by the program, combine to create graduates that are well-prepared to succeed in a very competitive job market.

For more details about the program, see Program Description.

Overview of Program, Department, and University

  • The average class size at Northwest is 27.
  • Student to faculty ratio is 22 to 1.
  • Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems is a department within the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Between 75 and 100 graduate students are normally enrolled in the M.S. in Applied Computer Science program.
  • Northwest Missouri State University is home to the Missouri Arboretum, providing a beautiful environment for all members of the university community.
  • Northwest is considered one of the safest campuses in the nation.

Computing Facilities

The Electronic Campus gives students access to the Internet and to the Missouri Research and Education Network. Computer languages supported on the network include Java, C#, C++, Perl, Smalltalk, and COBOL.

All students have access to specialized computer laboratories housed in the Colden Hall Computing Complex. In addition every full time student is provided with a laptop by the University. There are multiple wireless access points on campus.

Graduate Research

All graduate students in the MS-Applied Computer Science program are required to complete a two trimester software development project during their last two trimesters of residence. For a list of recent projects, see the projects page.