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Applied Computer Science
A Master of Science Program

Why study applied computer science?

Northwest’s Master of Science in Applied Computer Science is a 16-month program that offers a hands-on, professional education in today's high demand areas including big data, web and cross-platform mobile development, security and design of user experience. 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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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
  • Completion of 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 prior to admittance.

MS-ACS program

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

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

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 successfully 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 greater than or equal to 7

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

The School of Computer Science and Information Systems reserves the right of final decision in accepting students to graduate degree candidacy in the school. 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 successfully completed a course in data structures prior to being admitted to the program.

Computing Facilities

MS-ACS program

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.