Computer Science

Why Study Computer Science

The Master of Science in Computer Science degree program is designed for people seeking a general MS in Computer Science, as well as those looking to develop professional skills in cybersecurity, management information systems, software engineering or IT leadership. If you have at least a minor in computer science, you’re prepared to start the program, and if you want to transition from math, science, or engineering into computer science you may enroll in the program after taking three prerequisite undergraduate courses. Ship undergraduates may obtain an advanced degree through a 4+1 BS/MS option.

Why Study Computer Science at Ship

At Shippensburg University, you will have access to a number of resources to complement your computer science education. The Department of Computer Science supports a variety of platforms and operating systems (e.g., PC, Mac, Windows, OSX, Linux, VMWare, Virtual Machines, Clusters). Classrooms are populated with up to 32 computers per room (one per student), and have wireless network access.

The department also maintains its own servers, which you will have access to; in addition, you’ll have an account on the university academic servers.

Software includes a gamut of applications and developer tools, most of which is available on all of the department’s computers and in some open university labs. The department also participates in the Microsoft Developers’ Network Academic Alliance (MSDN AA), which enables our students free access to all software supported by the MSDN.

The majority of computer science department faculty hold doctoral degrees. Some faculty members also serve as consultants to local, state, and federal government and to nearby industries.

Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates

A master’s degree in computer science can open new doorways for you as you seek to advance your career or change your current employment path. With an MS in computer science, you will be prepared to step into positions such as:

  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Computer programmer
  • Computer systems engineer
  • Database administrator
  • Software applications developer
  • Web developer

The salary range for computer science jobs in PA is $42,000 to $98,000.

To gain admission to the MS in Computer Science program, you must satisfy the general admission requirements of the graduate school. Applicants whose overall quality point average is below 2.75 will be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) prior to admission. All international applicants who have not graduated from a 4-year American university must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and must achieve a minimum score of 70 (IBT) or 6.0 (IELTS).

You should also submit at current Professional Resume as a PDF or Word document to

The MS in Computer Science is a 30-credit hybrid program consisting of ten courses offered in the evening and online. All students complete six core courses for a total of 18 credits. The remaining 12 credits can be fulfilled with four elective courses or with four courses from one of the concentrations. There are five program options:

  • General Program
  • NEW! Cybersecurity Concentration (with California University of Pennsylvania)
  • IT Leadership Concentration
  • NEW! Management Information Systems Concentration
  • Software Engineering Concentration

Concentration courses are offered online. For a complete list of required courses for each of the five programs, see the Graduate Catalog, or contact the Graduate Admissions Office.

The Graduate Research Grant Program is designed to provide financial support to graduate students for research or scholarly activities related to their program of study to enable them to better understand the scientific process, experience discovery, develop their analytical and communication skills, and gain exposure to national ideas through the presentation of the results of their research at conferences. Our grant program has funded field and laboratory research as well as computer application and software development. The Graduate Research Grant Program is funded by the School of Graduate Studies and the Institute for Public Service and Sponsored Programs.

Computer Science
MCT 156, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1178
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