Train for a future as a computing professional: You'll do that here.

Artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and data analytics aren’t just buzzwords anymore—they’re big business. Turn these terms into your area of expertise, so you can advance tomorrow's emerging and converging technologies with a master’s degree in applied computer science. 

Although tailored for computer science professionals who want to advance their careers and graduate students seeking competitive jobs, the program is designed to engage and prepare students with no background in computer science as well.  

What You'll Do

As an applied computer science major, you’ll be able to choose advanced courses in your areas of interest. You’ll enhance your technical and professional skills, which are vital in the modern global society.  More specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to: 

  • Engage in primary and secondary research. 
  • Master the knowledge of the most up-to-date technologies. 
  • Practice hands-on exposure to a variety of computer systems, tools and techniques. 

What Can You Do with a M.S. in Applied Computer Science?

There will soon be more job openings for computer science graduates than qualified employees. Earning your M.S. in Applied Computer Science enables you to develop the critical experience you need to put your interests to work in this growing career field. Course work in this program focuses on developing skills employers look for, meaning you’ll be career-ready after graduation. 

Career Opportunities

  • Application/Full-stack Developer 
  • Database Administrator 
  • IT Business Analyst 
  • Network/Systems Administrator 
  • Software Engineer 
  • Computer Programmer 
  • Software Architect 
  • Video Game Developer 

Online: Applied Computer Science Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree


  • $127K

    Software Developers

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary for software developers is $127,260.

  • $91K

    Network and Computer Systems Administrators

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary for network and computer systems administrators is $90,520.

  • $100K

    Database Administrators

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary for database administrators is $99,890.

What You’ll Study

With a Master’s degree in Applied Computer Science, you’ll be prepared to further your career in computers and information technology.

In addition to the criteria established for general admission to graduate studies, applicants must have the following: 

  • A bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer information systems or related field
*Students with bachelor’s degrees from other fields will be required to take up to 2 prerequisites related to Fundamentals of Computing and Programming (provisional admission). 
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale 
  • Six completed hours of science and six completed hours of mathematics in the undergraduate degree 

Probationary Admission 

Applicants who do not meet the general and/or program’s admission requirements may be considered for probationary admission upon approval by the graduate program coordinator. Students admitted on probation must complete nine credit hours that count towards the degree with a grade of “B” or better to continue in the program. 

Core Requirements: 

  • CY501 Introduction to Cybersecurity (3) 
  • CS506 Distributed Cloud Computing (3)  
  • CS591 Advanced Artificial Intelligence (3) 
  • CS605 Research Methods (3) 
  • CS609 Advanced Programming Languages (3) 
  • CS630 Current Topics in Human Computer Interaction (3) 

Choose one thesis option: 

Thesis option -12 hours 

  • CS/CY5xx-6xx –choose 6 hours* 
  • CS697 Thesis Research I (3) 
  • CS698 Thesis Research II (3) 
  • GR699 Master's Oral Examination (0) 

Non Thesis option -12 hours  

  • CS/CY5xx-6xx –choose 12 hours* 
  • CS690 Graduate Project (0) 
  • GR698 Master's Final Comprehensive Examination (0) 

Electives may be chosen from the following with the advice of advisor:*  

  • CS505 Data Mining (3) 
  • CS533 Mobile Computing (3) 
  • CS560 Computer Architecture (3) 
  • CS575 Advanced Web Development (3) 
  • CS580 Advanced Robotics (3)
  • CS581 Advanced Network Programing (3) 
  • CS585 Formal Systems &Modeling (3) 
  • CS603 Introduction to Data Analytics (3) 
  • CS612 Simulation & Modeling for Computing (3) 
  • CS631 Advanced Software Engineering (3) 
  • CS632 Emerging & Converging Technologies & Computing (3) 
  • CS633 Digital Signal & Image Processing (3) 
  • CS634 Machine Learning (3) 
  • CS640 Advanced Database Systems (3) 
  • CS645 Internet of Things (3) 
  • CS650 Theory of Computation (3) 
  • CS653 Special Topics (3) 
  • CS693 Independent Study (3) 
  • CS699 Internship (3) 
  • CY510 Information Security & Assurance (3) 
  • CY520 Information Security in Systems Administration (3) 
  • CY610 Web Application Security (3) 
  • CY620 Computer Forensics (3) 
  • XX5xx/6xx Any relevant course from other departments and listed as electives – up to 6 hours

My experience at Southeast and the classes that I have taken have prepared me to work in any field. I can be a software developer, database administrator, or teacher. There are so many opportunities.

Sarah Aldossari, '18, Computer Science

Harrison College of Business & Computing

This program is housed in the Harrison College of Business and Computing. The College prepares students for the global marketplace. Alumni work for some of the world’s largest corporations to some of today’s most innovative startups. The focus is on creating and innovating, data and trends, supported by faculty mentors who themselves are leaders in business and computing.

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Online Learning at Southeast

When it comes to your success, we do whatever it takes. Online learning at Southeast takes the same reputable college courses taught by Southeast faculty and makes them available anytime, anywhere.

Accreditations and Designations

  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET): Computing Accreditation Commission logo
  • National Security Agency logo
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security logo
  • official Centers of academic excellence in cybersecurity community logo

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

(573) 651-5184
Office Location
Kent Library 305
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 4610
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

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