Computer Science Master of Computer Science (M.C.S.)

Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rapid increase in demand for highly educated computer scientists is due in large part to growth in the computer software industry, including new applications needed for mobile technology, security software to address concerns over cyber security, and the increase in computer systems and applications used in the healthcare industry.

With courses that develop critical thinking and investigatory and expository skills, CSU's online Master of Computer Science program equips you with the knowledge to develop solutions to tomorrow's challenges as the world of computer applications continues to advance.

Computer Science Career Data

Nearly 100% of CSU's computer science master's students are employed in the field at graduation.1


# of job postings in the U.S. in the last 12 months seeking candidates with a Master of Computer Science2


Employment growth from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations3

Top Skills Requested by Employers2

  • Software Development
  • JAVA
  • Software Engineering
  • SQL
  • Python
  • JavaScript
  • Project Management
  • C++

Salary Information


Average salary for a graduate with a Master of Computer Science2

Median Annual Wages4

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and information research scientists earned between $72,000 and $125,000 in the top industries in which they worked (May 2016).

Software publishers $125,860
Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences $123,180
Computer systems design and related services $115,890
Federal government, excluding postal service $105,970
Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private $72,030

Forbes recently listed the Master's in Computer Science degree in the top 10 for highest paid master's degrees.

  1. Source: Colorado State University Department of Computer Science
  2. Source: Burning Glass Technologies. 2016. Data for this analysis was retrieved using Burning Glass Program Insight in January 2018. Job titles and job skills are at the national level and may not reflect local and/or short-term job conditions and are subject to change.
  3. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
  4. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, (viewed online January 16, 2018). National job growth estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth and are subject to change.

Build connections in the industry

Colorado State University's Department of Computer Science maintains close connections to the computer industry. Our graduates are highly sought after by major high-tech, computer software, and aerospace companies, like Microsoft, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Motorola, Raytheon, and Lockheed-Martin. In addition, employment opportunities are rapidly growing in small- and medium-sized companies.

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