Directory
A-Z Index
 

Why 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 concepts 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.

The M.S. Applied Computer Science program has a STEM CIP code 11.0701 that currently allows an extra 24 months of OPT (Optional Practical Training) extension after completion of 12 month OPT period. Visit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for updates.

For more details about the program, see Program Description.

Overview of Program, School and University

  • The average class size at Northwest is 27.
  • Student to faculty ratio is 22 to 1.
  • Between 75 and 375 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, Node JS, Android Studio, and Swift. Databases include SQL, NoSQL, SQL Server, MongoDB, and Oracle 12c.

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-semester software development project during their last two semesters of their study. For a list of recent projects, see the projects page.