Master of Science in Applied Computer Science

Not your average computer science degree.

You’re looking for a master’s degree in computer science, and you want more than just theory classes—you want to solve real-world problems, and explore careers in cyber operations, software development, or information security.

Our MSACS program is well-established within the industry, and our curriculum has been developed to give you hands-on experience that goes far beyond just the theory.

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Possible job titles

  • Cyber security specialist
  • Software developer

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.


You’ll choose a specialization for your MSACS degree, which means you’ll take five additional courses in the topic that interests you the most:

  • Cyber Operations
  • Software development
  • Custom specialization, based on electives such as forensics, cryptography, and hacking

You are welcome to select more than one specialization, or take extra electives if you like.

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 program is also offered completely online. 

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.