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Our Online Master’s in Software Engineering ranked a national Best Buy among 193 competing regionally accredited online degrees surveyed nationwide by GetEducated.com(Spring 2013).
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Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) Degree


For additional information please contact:

Dr. Nasseh Tabrizi
Email: tabrizim@ecu.edu
Phone: (252) 328-9691

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East Carolina University’s Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) degree prepares students to excel in either the private sector or academia. Past graduates have pursued career opportunities as software engineers, designers, system architects, computer programmers and web developers; others have pursued graduate study opportunities in computer science or related fields.

The MSCS program covers both the theory and practice of software design and hardware construction. It also emphasizes, as applicable, programming languages like C#, operating systems, hardware, database environments and software engineering tools like Rational Rose. We aim to equip graduates with the skills and theoretical background necessary to solve a wide range of IT challenges; both contemporary challenges and those to come.

What is Computer Science?

ECU Computer Science Mitzi Ponce, computer science student, presents the Virtual Home Inspection system for home bound patients to Chancellor Ballard and Provost Sheerer.

Computer science is the systematic study of computing systems and computation. In practical terms aspects of computer science can be felt all around us; from systems that facilitate near instant communication to advanced robotics used in a range of manufacturing activites

The body of knowledge resulting from this discipline contains theories for understanding:
  • Computing Systems and Methods
  • Design Methodology Algorithms, and Tools
  • Methods for Testing Concepts
  • Methods of Analysis and Verification
  • Knowledge Representation and Implementation
ECU MS Computer Science

A Field of High Growth and Limitless Opportunities

Software engineering is a global, rapidly growing field that has been identified as an occupation of tremendous future growth by the U. S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). As the world becomes increasingly interconnected and computing technologies are used in creative, ever expanding ways the demand for highly trained software engineering professionals is expected to grow

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE) program must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School. Acceptance to the program is based on satisfactory undergraduate grades, scores on either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), and letters of reference. Completion of an undergraduate degree in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, information systems or a related discipline is recommended for admission. Students from other disciplines or applicants with limited technical expertise are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the program admissions committee. Additional information regarding admission to the MSSE degree program can be found here.

Degree Requirements

Degree information and course requirements for the Master of Science in Computer science degree can be found in the current graduate catalog here.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. The student financial aid department provides education, guidance, and support to individuals and families in the financial aid process by administering Federal, State, and Institutional aid programs to students at East Carolina University. Please contact the department directly for information.

Important Note to Residents Outside North Carolina

Admission of applicants residing outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate program or individual online course offered by East Carolina University, is dependent on ECU's ability to secure authorization from the applicant's state of residence, if such authorization is required.

Due to evolving changes in higher education regulations, at this time, ECU is unable to serve all of the students that are interested in our courses or programs. ECU will no longer be able to offer distance education online programs or courses for students residing in Alabama, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Maryland, and Ohio. For the most current list of states, visit this link. ECU will work with state authorities to allow students in these states who are currently enrolled in an ECU online or certificate program to complete their degree.

Additionally, students enrolled in programs or courses that require internships or supervised clinical placements will be unable to complete these activities in the state listed.

For questions specific to the state authorization process, call 252/737-1268 or email destateauth@ecu.edu.

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