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Computer Science, M.S.

Saint Louis University’s master’s program in computer science is designed to prepare students for rewarding and in-demand careers that leverage the power of computers, algorithms and data analyses to impact the world in a positive manner.

About the Program

The graduate program in computer science provides students with the depth of knowledge necessary to pursue advanced academic or technological work in a modern, ever-changing world.

Students learn enhanced analytical skills through an in-depth understanding of theoretical and practical concepts, written and oral communication skills and the critical and creative thinking skills required to advance in the field.

Program Highlights

The St. Louis region has a strong computer science ecosystem, including technical operations for many Fortune 500 companies, as well as a vibrant start-up community, including incubators such as CORTEX and T-REX, near to SLU’s campus.

SLU’s research-based curriculum and externally funded support foster a strong student-faculty learning environment and extensive research involvement.

Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s M.S. in computer science consists of 33 credit hours of coursework including the following:

  • CSCI 5030: Principles of Software Development
  • CSCI 5050: Computing and Society
  • CSCI 5090: Computer Science Colloquium
  • At least one selection from the software engineering courses
  • At least one selection from the theory courses
  • At least one selection from the systems courses
  • Additional selections chosen from at least two of the following categories: compilers and languages, large scale systems, knowledge/information systems, advanced applications

SLU’s computer science faculty has earned national and international recognition for teaching and research.

  • Ted Ahn, Ph.D.
  • Erin Wolf Chambers, Ph.D.
  • Flavio Esposito, Ph.D.
  • David Ferry
  • Jason Fritts, Ph.D.
  • Michael Goldwasser, Ph.D.
  • David Letscher, Ph.D.
  • Kevin Scannell, Ph.D.
  • Jacob Sukhodolsky, Ph.D.

Careers in computer science are regularly found on “best jobs” lists. They can be highly rewarding, and provide great compensation and excellent work environments.

Positions in this field include software developer, computer systems analyst, computer network architect, web developer, database administrator and information security analyst.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Saint Louis University's Department of Computer Scienceoffers merit-based graduate assistantships for full or partial tuition in addition to a stipend for living expenses. The department also offers a limited number of tuition-only scholarships to help lessen students’ financial burden.

There are also many opportunities for our computer science students to receive funding through external research grants that are managed directly by individual faculty.

For information on scholarships and financial aid, visit the student financial services office online

Applicant Criteria

Applicants for admission to the M.S. program in computer science should have a bachelor's degree in computer science, mathematics, statistics or closely related field, and an undergraduate GPA above 3.0. (Students with less than a 3.0 may be provisionally admitted.)

You’ll need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Three letters of recommendation
GRE scores
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

There are two ways for international students to enter SLU's graduate program in computer science. Direct admission requires the following:

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent with a minimum 3.0+ GPA and the minimum required GRE or GMAT scores.
  • A completed Declaration of Financial Support packet with all accompanying documents.
  • International students whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency by submitting their TOEFL orIELTSresults, or by completion of academic English Level 6 with no grades below B. Minimum scores required: TOEFLPBT550/TOEFLIBT80/IELTS 6.5.

If you meet all of these criteria, you may apply directly to Saint Louis University. If you do not meet these criteria, we encourage you to apply to our Pathway and English language programs. Learn more about one-semester and two-semester pathway programs for this degree.

Assistantship and Application Deadlines

For priority financial aid consideration, complete your application by Feb. 1.

Review Process

Applications received by Feb. 1 will be will be reviewed by a department committee, with admission decisions available in March. These applications will automatically be considered for financial support.

Applications received after Feb. 1 but prior to July 1 will be considered for admission on a rolling basis. Applications received after Feb. 1 may be considered for financial support based on availability and at the discretion of the faculty committee.