Master of Science in Applied Computer Science

Fundamentally different.

Our Master of Science in Applied Computer Science (MSACS) is fundamentally different from traditional computer science programs. Other CS programs focus primarily on the theoretical aspects of computer systems and computability. Our applied CS program builds upon these same foundations, but emphasizes the practical application of computer science. 

Possible job titles

  • Cyber security specialist
  • Software developer
  • Enhance your current career

Benefits of getting your MSACS at DSU

We don’t want to brag, but technology is really our area of expertise. At DSU, you’ll work with some of the brightest minds in the field, assisting them in research and gaining an expert mentor to help you succeed.

You’ll also hone your development skills, from coding to troubleshooting, while facing complex issues raised by new and emerging technologies. You’ll use computational analogues and design algorithms to solve problems. You’ll move beyond the theoretical to the real-world application of your knowledge.

Best of all, you’ll be challenged in an academic arena that embraces small class sizes and an individualized approach—all at a public-university cost.


In addition to the required five course MSACS Core, you’ll choose a specialization for your MSACS degree. You’ll take five additional courses in the topic that interests you the most. Expand your knowledge and expertise with the Cyber Operations specialization or a customized specialization to fit your interests.

Cyber Operations

DSU is nationally recognized by the NSA and other organizations as a leader in cyber security and this specialization allows you to build on your computer science background to master this exciting and challenging field.  It can also be used to prepare for the Doctorate of Science in Cyber Security at DSU.  


Select courses that complement and expand your current interests, responsibilities and skills.  Beyond traditional computer science electives, you can also choose courses from related master's programs including Information Assurance (MSIA) or Analytics (MSA). Maybe you have advanced to a management and our Information Systems (MSIS) graduate course in Project and Change Management might be just what you need to complement your technical skills.

Apply to our MSACS program

It’s a great idea to get your application (PDF) in as soon as possible—this program tends to fill up quickly.

And if you haven’t done so already, be sure to read up on our program-specific admission requirements for the MSACS before applying.

Apply to our MSACS program today! (PDF)

Get your degree online

To help make your life easier, our Master of Science in Applied Computer Science degree is offered completely online. The program is also offered as a year-round program. No waiting around to start. Semesters include Fall, Spring AND Summer.

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Next steps

See what classes you’ll be taking in our Graduate Catalog. Check up on when and how to apply to this program (PDF) with the timelines and requirements, or meet MSACS faculty online or during a campus visit. You can always contact us with any questions—or just to talk about what is possible.