100% Online MS in Computer Science

Capitalize on the Global Need for Software Architects and Engineers

Located in Virginia. Serving the World.

Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and big data offer the potential to transform everyday life for the better. With the Master of Science in Computer Science program from George Mason University, you can develop the expertise needed for careers at the leading edge of innovation.

George Mason’s computer science program equips you with technical and problem-solving skills backed by hands-on experience, enabling you to develop groundbreaking software for companies across the tech sector. Because we offer these classes in a convenient online format, you can succeed in your life and current job while preparing for the next phase of your career.

George Mason’s expert faculty will immerse you in coursework focusing on advanced programming, model construction, algorithm analysis, and other innovative competency areas. By graduation, you’ll possess qualifications for rewarding roles in advanced software development, artificial intelligence, and additional fields that harness computer science to improve the world.

Discover the rich online learning experiences available exclusively from Virginia’s largest research university. Plus, capitalize on the proven career and advancement achieved by graduates of George Mason’s online programs.

No GRE/GMAT required

Finish in 18 Months

Top 35 Computer Science Institutions1

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Prepare to Innovate Solutions for a Better Future

George Mason’s College of Engineering and Computing strives to provide advanced education rooted in the latest breakthroughs in AI, software engineering, and computer systems. You’ll take online courses led by George Mason’s award-winning faculty, receiving guidance and mentoring for reaching your potential as a tech leader and innovator. In addition to the core courses, you can take electives from three areas of focus:

Artificial Intelligence and Databases

Begin developing expertise at the intersection of AI, data mining, and machine learning.

Software Engineering

Delve into object-oriented software development, user interface design, and software testing.

Systems and Networks

Explore techniques for designing networks while learning about an extensive array of commercial technologies.

Rigorous Academic Standards. Flexible Online Format.

At George Mason, we curate online programs that offer innovative experiences to further your ambitions in a way that works with your schedule. Like our on-campus students, you’ll benefit from our commitment to academic rigor and integrity while learning from the same renowned faculty.

We’ve been recognized as a top university for non-traditional learners, and our commitment to your success goes beyond graduation. After you’ve earned your degree, you’ll maintain lifetime access to our career services and world-renowned guest speakers.

Innovate New Possibilities for Your Career

Computer science holds the keys to solving challenges in many sectors, accelerating the demand for professionals with these skills. In fact, computer science employment is projected to increase 21% from 2021 to 2031, much faster than most other careers.2 With George Mason’s online MS in Computer Science program, you can prepare to thrive in these roles in as little as 18 months.

Top 10% of Salaries for Related Careers

  1. Computer Scientist: $208,000 per year2
  2. Software Architect: $176,000 per year3
  3. Computer Network Architect: $168,890 per year4
  4. Software Engineer: $168,570 per year5
  5. Database Architect: $151,400 per year6

A World-Class Education Within Reach

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. We welcome students from all walks of life, and we’ve designed our programs with that in mind. Our modern curriculum, responsive faculty, and innovative solutions combine to produce a six-year graduation rate that exceeds the national average, with no disparity based on ethnicity or economic status. We’re proud to be continuously recognized – and ranked – for offering an education that is affordable, accessible, and valuable.

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  1. CSRankings. Computer Science Rankings. Retrieved May 2, 2023, from https://csrankings.org.
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Computer and Information Research Scientists. Retrieved May 2, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/.
  3. Payscale. Average Software Architect Salary. Retrieved May 2, 2023, from https://www.payscale.com/.
  4. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Computer Network Architects. Retrieved May 2, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/.
  5. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Software Developers, Quality Assurance Analysts, and Testers. Retrieved May 2, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/.
  6. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Database Administrators and Architects. Retrieved May 2, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/.