Franklin University's Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) is designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical application skills required: 1) to master a good understanding of the Computer Science discipline; 2) to be able to contribute immediately and make a positive impact in the workplace. This graduate degree is intended for the working person who wants to be part of the development of the technology of the future.
Graduates of the program will be able to perform software project roles in a team environment for:
The core course of study includes topics in:
Elective topics include:
The admission process reflects Franklin University's efforts to clearly identify the performance standards that can help predict student success in graduate level study. The selection criterion for Franklin's graduate programs, as determined by faculty, emphasizes academic ability, contributory work experience, and personal qualities and characteristics.
Requirements for admission include having earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Otherwise a graduate entrance exam will be required (See below). The candidate's work history, references, and other personal qualities and characteristics will be considered as well.
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Students with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science will be admitted without future prerequisites. However, the students will be expected to possess intermediate Java programming skills. Students without a Computer Science degree will need to have credit for the following Franklin University courses or the equivalent undergraduate course work at a regionally accredited institution or approved relevant work experience:
We will determine, on an individual basis, prerequisite requirements, upon the review of the applicant's bachelor's degree courses, work experience, or demonstrated competency in Computer Science. For more information on these courses, see the course descriptions.
GRE. This is only a requirement for applicants that earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a GPA below 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
If you are not a U.S. citizen, not a citizen of a primarily English-speaking country, or did not earn your undergraduate degree in a primarily English-speaking country, you will need one of the following TOEFL or IELTS scores.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
6.5 or higher
For more information on international student admission requirements, please view the Office of International Services & Programs admissions requirements page.
Major Required (24 Hours):
Major Elective (Choose 12 hours from the following:)
Students in the Computer Science and Information Technology majors may be required to purchase hardware and/or software with capabilities greater than the standard University technology requirements. There will be software requirements beyond the standard Microsoft Office software, such as software development environments, operating systems, virtualization environments and tools, website development and business process documentation tools that will be used in various courses. Students should check the Technology Requirements section of the Bulletin and/or the Course Schedule for the requirements relevant for Computer and Information Sciences majors to ensure they have, and are familiar with, the requisite hardware and software.