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.

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.

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 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

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 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 Mason, we design online programs to offer innovative experiences that propel your ambitions. Like our students on campus, you’ll benefit from our commitment to academic rigor and integrity while learning from the same renowned faculty. And the online format means you can seek an impressive graduate degree or certificate without leaving home, while stationed abroad, and even while traveling. Plus, access advising services online to get the guidance you need to graduate.

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 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

Bringing Mason to Learners Worldwide

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 39,000 students from 130 countries and 50 states. With online programs that draw from our spirit as a leader in scholarship and research, Mason prepares graduates to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

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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/.