Applied Computer Science

Master of Science (M.S.)

Choose a graduate program with many high-tech career possibilities.

Prepare for exciting career opportunities with the government, in network security, web development or a host of other rewarding fields. 

You have the option to specialize in a database concentration or a general computer science specialization offering broad, applied knowledge of computer networking and communications, software engineering, artificial intelligence and web design. You will be working on real computer science challenges faced by businesses and government agencies.

Are you looking for a career change to the computer science field? You can enter this graduate program without a computer science background by taking two additional introductory graduate courses. Career changes can earn their applied computer science graduate degree in one and a half to two years - or as little as one year for those with computer science backgrounds! And you can choose from an online or on campus option to fit your busy lifestyle!

Frostburg undergraduates can earn a degree in one year by taking two graduate courses during the college senior year followed by two online courses in the summer and three courses each in the fall and spring semesters.


Frostburg or online. 


Applied Computer Science Program Highlights

  • Enter a computer science master's program that can be tailored to your background and field of interest, regardless of your area of undergraduate study.

  • Take your graduate degree program as a full-time or part-time student, online or on campus.

  • Write a thesis in your area of applied computer science interest or choose an elective course.

  • Consider applying for one of our graduate assistantships, which are available each year to outstanding applied computer science students interested in research studies, projects, teaching and other such activities.

  • Join the FSU chapter of the Association of Computer Machinery to gain access to the latest online resources in the field as well as professional discussions on timely computer science topics.

What can I do with an Applied Computer Science program degree?


Median pay for computer and information research scientist (BLS 2021)

Related Occupations

Computer Systems Analyst

Database Administrator

Software Developer

Computer Scientist

Web Developer


A master's degree in applied computer science prepares you to enter a diverse range of careers including everything from computer and information research science or computer network architecture to becoming a computer programmer, computer system analyst, database administrator or web developer. There are many additional occupations accessible through the knowledge base you will acquire through this master's program.

What You'll Learn

Study in state-of-the-art computer labs with excellent equipment and resources. You'll learn from educational leaders in the field who possess extensive real-world experience working in the computer science arena. Our small classes allow professors to get to know you well and mentor you in your computer science career field.

Our Alumni

Our applied computer science graduates have gone on to a variety of successful careers.

Job Titles

  • Network Architect
  • Database Administrator
  • Software Developer


  • FBI
  • Boeing
  • NASA
  • Google
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Apple
  • IBM
  • National Security Agency

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