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Applied Computer Science

Program(s) Available: M.S.

Northwest’s Master of Science in Applied Computer Science is a 16-month program that offers hands-on, professional education in today's high-demand areas, including big data, web and cross-platform mobile development, security and user experience design. Computer Science is projected to grow by 15% by 2029, a growth rate larger than any other program.

*Enrollment Open to Students on F-1 Visas

Why Study Applied Computer Science at Northwest

Northwest is an electronic campus that gives students access to the internet and the Missouri Research and Education Network. Computer languages and tools supported on the network include Java, C#, Swift, Hadoop, and Tableau. Databases include SQL, SQL Server, MongoDB and Oracle 12c.

All students have access to specialized computer laboratories housed in the Colden Hall Computing Complex.

Applied development courses coupled with data, projects as well as software and IT management enable students to distinguish themselves and graduate ready to contribute in a competitive, global market.

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Career opportunities

  • Computer and information research science
  • Computer network architecture
  • Computer programmer
  • Computer system analyst
  • Web developer

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Admissions requirements

Candidates for the Master of Science in Applied Computer Science should meet the following requirements:

  • Acceptance to the Graduate School by the Dean of the Graduate School
  • Completing a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Have an undergraduate major or minor in a technical computing discipline with coursework in
    • data structures
    • computer networks (or) network fundamentals
    • database systems
    • discrete mathematics
    • statistics

Applicants not satisfying these requirements may take undergraduate-level courses to remove any prerequisites other than Data Structures. All applicants must satisfy the Data Structures requirement before admittance.

A student is more likely to be admitted by the school if the student's undergraduate degree is in computer science or a closely related field, and the student has completed a course in data structures* and

  • total GRE greater than or equal to 290
  • undergraduate GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 on a 4.0 scale AND
  • number of backlogs less than or equal to 7

Applicants not meeting these requirements may be admitted provisionally and contact Dr. Ajay Bandi at

The School of Computer Science and Information Systems reserves the right to make the final decision in accepting students to graduate degree candidacy. Criteria for admittance to the program and acceptance to degree candidacy may include academic qualifications and performance, letters of recommendation, number of applicants, and available resources.

*Undergraduate courses in computer networks/network fundamentals and database management systems are required. Students admitted without these courses can take them at Northwest upon arrival for graduate study. However, students must have completed a course in data structures before being admitted to the program.

International admissions requirements

Before the program director is allowed to review your application, the Graduate School must verify your TOEFL score. The University sets the acceptable TOEFL score as:

  • 213 for computer-based TOEFL
  • 71 for the Internet-Based TOEFL
  • 550 for pencil-and-paper-based TOEFL
  • 6.0 overall for IELTS

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