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Program Description

The Master of Science in Applied Computer Science offers students with a 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. By increasing students' knowledge in high demand areas, such as web services, software development on multiple platforms, human-computer interaction, mobile computing, data warehousing, project management, IT management, and network security, graduates of this program will be well-prepared to succeed in a very competitive job market. A year-long, six-credit hour Master's Project will give students an opportunity to apply their knowledge. Graduates of this program will:

Full-time students with no prerequisites can expect to complete this program in two academic years.

School Admission Requirements

Candidates for the M.S. in Applied Computer Science should meet the following requirements:

  1. Compliance with all of the eligibility requirements of the Graduate School as set forth in this catalog.
  2. Acceptance to graduate study by the Dean of the Graduate School.
  3. Completion of a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate major or minor in a technical computing discipline, including coursework in
    • data structures
    • database systems
    • discrete mathematics
    • statistics
    Applicants who do not satisfy these requirements may take undergraduate level courses to remove any prerequisites except for Data Structures. The applicant must satisfy the requirement for Data Structures to be admitted.
  4. Minimum GRE and TOEFL scores as described here.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be admitted provisionally.

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.


The program coordinator and the assistant program coordinator of the MS-ACS will serve as the primary and the secondary advisors. Advising sessions will be conducted to monitor the students' progress towards their completion of the degree.

Degree Requirements

Thirty hours of graduate credit are required for completion of the M.S. in Applied Computer Science, with at least 15 hours at the 600-level.

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For more information about this program, contact

MS-Applied Computer Science office
Northwest Missouri State University
1950 Colden Hall
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO-64468
Email: (or)
Office: 660.562.0822/660.562.1199