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M.S. in Computer Science

A computer science master's degree program designed for aspiring tech professionals

The Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) at CSU Bakersfield is a dynamic degree that provides a solid foundation in computer science and software engineering. The program allows you to complete your degree in less time while also touching on a breadth of technical areas including data structures, algorithms, operating systems, math and probability, programming languages, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and more.

Students who earn this degree are prepared to contribute as developers for companies across a variety of business verticals, including electronics, energy, robotics, transportation, computer games, and other software-related fields. This program will teach you both the fundamental concepts behind technology and how to use it to make an impact. You'll graduate prepared to write your own code and solve problems in all layers of today's complex software systems and networks.

The MSCS is an on-campus, hands-on program. The GRE scores are not required for admission. Thesis and project options are both available in the program and the electives are designed in response to industry needs. 

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At A Glance

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    Credits30 credits

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    Average Completion Time2 years

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    Cost$765 per credit

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    LocationCSUB Campus

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    Admission CycleFall Semester Only

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    Next Application DeadlineFall 2023 Priority: February 15, 2023

How to Apply & Upcoming Deadlines

Application to the M.S. in Computer Science program at CSU Bakersfield requires the following:

  • Completed online application in Cal State Apply

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from an accredited four-year college or university

  • Three MSCS reference forms (included in Cal State Apply application)

  • Statement of purpose (instructions included in Cal State Apply application)

  • Technology survey (included in Cal State Apply application)

  • One official hard-copy (unopened) or digital transcript from all colleges attended. Digital transcripts must be sent directly from the college attended to dptranscripts@csub.edu. Any transcript from a college / university outside of the United States will require a course-by-course analysis from a transcript evaluation services such as World Education Services (WES). See WES website for more detailsNote: If you received your bachelor's degree from CSU Bakersfield, skip this step. You'll be contacted if any further transcripts are required. 

  • $70 Application Fee

See Admissions Requirements for prerequisites, minimum GPA, and testing requirements. 

Using Cal State Apply

Applications for the M.S. in Computer Science program are submitted through the CSU Cal State Apply online application system. You can access and navigate the system using the following instructions:

  1. Visit www2.calstate.edu/apply. If you're a first-time user, you'll need to create an account. If you are a returning user, enter your credentials to get started. 
  2. Choose the M.S. in Computer Science program by clicking on the "Add Program" tab. Choose the CSU Bakersfield campus, then choose “Computer Science” as your program under the "Bakersfield Extension" heading.
  3. Complete each section of the Cal State Apply application. Sections 1, 2, and 3 contain general information about you and your education background. Section 4 houses questions specific to the M.S. in Computer Science program, including the technology survey, statement of purpose, and additional documents referenced above.
  4. After you've completed each section, you can then pay your application fee and submit your final application.

Note that you do not need to complete all the sections in one session. The system will save your progress if you need to leave the application and come back to finish it later. If you have any questions about completing your application in Cal State Apply, please call Cal State Apply customer service at (857) 304-2087. Be sure to have your CAS ID number (located under your name in the upper-right corner of the application) when contacting customer service.  

Application Deadlines

We offer start dates for three terms throughout the year. Please see the deadlines below for each term. Note: Applications submitted by the priority deadline will receive preference for inclusion in a particular term should we receive more admissions than slots available. 

Fall Semester Admission:
Application Opens: October 1, 2022
Submission Deadline: February 15, 2023

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