Welcome to MS CS Program

The CUW MS CS program is designed to produce exceptional computer scientists


The Program:

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE: WE SOLVE PROBLEMS Combining sound Computer Science concepts with real-world skills, CUW’s MS CS program will help your develop your mind and spirit for the challenges of Computer Science vocations. Computer Science involves the creation of technology used to solve problems along with a foundational understanding of how existing technology is implemented. Today, every business and enterprise requires Computer Science in order to function productively, efficiently and competitively in the global economy. Succinctly, computer science is the engine powering the implementation and optimization of current technology.

What will I Learn:

The MS in CS will prepare the student to be a highly proficient computer scientist, able to create complex hardware and software systems, a manager of complex information technology (IT) systems, a leader of a technical team, or a successful student in a Ph.D. program in computer science or in a related field. Building on the student’s undergraduate background in the field, the program is designed to deepen the student’s skills and knowledge in the principal areas of computer science. Problem solving, collaboration, creative design processes, close contact with professional literature, writing, presentation, and ethical practices grounded in a Christian worldview are incorporated throughout the program.

Who can be a part of it:

Our program is designed to meet the needs not only of current CS professionals and new graduates interested in CS, but also those who enjoy creating technology to solve problems. It will provide you with the foundational knowledge and skills to understand computer systems and their relationship to business problems. Our MS CS program emphasizes ethical computing. How a Christian professional responds to the needs of clients, users and society in general is of paramount importance within our program. A Christian worldview is integrated within the curriculum and each course.

Courses in the MS CS program are offered in an on-campus format. Each semester-long course is 6 credits and requires weekly class attendance and a significant amount of independent work outside of the classroom. More information, including program policies, may be found at the MS CS website, www.cs.cuw.edu/mscs PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS CUW’s MS CS program is:

  • a solid, classic foundation in graduate-level computer science
  • excellent preparation for professional positions in software development and other technical and design- oriented pursuits in computing
  • excellent preparation for Ph.D.-level study in computer science or related fields
  • designed with working professionals in mind
  • intense, focused classroom instruction with an immersive experience
  • Ph.D.-level professors with decades of experience in software development, computer science research, and graduate education
  • unique with six-credit courses allowing serious exploration of subject matter

What are the vocations (jobs) in CS?

  • Computer science offers a variety of career choices and many opportunities for you to further your vocation.  Here is a list of the top ten computer science careers:
    1. Software applications developer
    2. Computer systems analyst
    3. Computer systems engineer
    4. Network systems administrator
    5. Database administrator
    6. Business intelligence analyst
    7. Web developer
    8. Computer programmer
    9. Software systems developer
    10. Software quality assurance (QA) tester

Why choose Concordia University Wisconsin for the MS CS:

Concordia University of Wisconsin emphasizes the vocation of computer science within the curriculum.  A vocation is not just a job, but a calling to serve others.  The goal of computer science is to serve other people by solving problems.  Every course in the curriculum has integrated aspects of ethical computing into the material.  CUW  has state-of-the-art computing resources to help aid your education.  Also, all courses are taught by full-time CUW faculty or qualified adjunct professors.  You will not find other students (teaching assistants) providing instruction in the MS CS program.

Additional Program Highlights:

  • Excellent preparation for professional positions in software development and other technical and design-oriented pursuits in computing
  • Designed with working professionals in mind
  • Intense, focuses classroom instruction with an immersive experience
  • Excellent preparation for Ph.D. –  level study in computer science or related fields
  • Unique with 6-credit courses allowing serious exploration of subject matter

How can I enroll?

In order to be considered for regular acceptance into the MS CS program, a student must have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science or Information Technology or a closely related discipline from a regionally accredited US university with a GPA of 3.0 or above Students without the requirements for regular admission will be considered based upon academic background and relevant work experience. These students may be admitted conditionally and will be required to complete CSC 502 as a necessary pre-requisite course.


The MS CS degree program requires a minimum of 36 credits hours of Computer Science course specified below (39 credits for those admitted conditionally).

  • CSC 502 – Essentials of Computer Science – 3 credits
  • CSC 508 – Theoretical Foundations of Computer Science – 6 credits
  • CSC 518 – Software Design and Development – 6 credits
  • CSC 528 – Human Aspects of Computing Systems – 6 credits
  • CSC 538 – Data Management and Security – 6 credits
  • CSC 548 – Computing Infrastructure – 6 credits
  • CSC 568 – Research in Computer Science – 6 credits
  • Courses, other than CSC 502, may be taken in any order

What are the program formats and requirements?

  • The MS CS program is available in a distance format via eLearning and is also available in an accelerated on-campus classroom environment.  Students from anywhere in the world can complete the MS CS program via web-based eLearning.  The only residency requirement is to come to campus in order to present the final capstone project.  Students close to the Mequon campus can complete the MS CS program via either eLearning or on-campus instruction (or a combination to suit their needs).  Selected courses are offered in an accelerated on-campus environment.  These courses typically meet one evening a week for two months.  Usually two courses are offered (back-to-back) each semester.  The MS CS program follows the traditional CUW semester system and classes are held during the Fall and Spring semester.  A student may begin the program in either the Fall or Spring semester.  A student taking two courses per semester (12 credits) can complete the MS CS program in 18 months.
  • Distances students must (and all students should) have access to suitable computing resources.  At a minimum this includes a fairly recent “Wintel” architecture PC along with suitable internet connectivity.  The student must have access to standard productivity software (eg, an office suite).  Students in the MS CS program will be provided with specific software in order to complete certain course requirements (eg, a programming language environment).

What is eLearning?

E-Learning appeals to students who seek specific learning not readily available in traditional programs, who may not be located near an institution, or who, for a variety of reasons, may wish to complete their degree by an alternative delivery system.  This delivery system is not appropriate for everyone.  Students who are self-motivated, independent learners will thrive in this environment.

How much is tuition? 

Please view the tuition page on the CUW Graduate department for the current tuition cost per credit.