Master of Science in Computer Science

The following information describes our on-campus master's program, for information on our online program, visit engineeringonline.syr.edu.

The Computer Science program at Syracuse University has two special characteristics: flexibility in its program structure and emphasis on mathematical content. A candidate for MSCS degree is required to take ten graduate level courses (30 credits), including four required (core) courses. These four core courses are:

  • CIS 623 Structured Programming and Formal Methods
  • CIS 655 Computer Architecture
  • CIS 657 Principles of Operating Systems
  • CIS 675 Design and Analysis of Algorithms

In each of the core courses, the student must achieve a course grade of B- or better.

In each of the core courses, a student is assigned an additional grade based solely on his/her performance in the final comprehensive examination of the course. The candidate is required to achieve an average grade of B- (2.667) or better in these four final exam grades.

The remaining six courses are chosen by the candidate from a wide range of graduate level courses in computer science and computer engineering offered each semester to form a coherent program of study.

Also, the conditions for successful completion of MSCS degree are:

  • At most two courses at 500 level may be included in the program of study.
  • The program of study of ten courses must be ‘coherent,’ i.e., graduate courses taken outside of computer science area must meet relevancy criteria.
  • Within this program, the student may elect to prepare and defend a master’s thesis, in accord with the rules of the Graduate School, for up to six of the required 30 credits.

Employment Outcomes
Based on exit surveys of 2017 and 2018 Syracuse University Computer Science and Cybersecurity MS graduates.

  • Companies that hire our MS graduates:
    2U, ADP, Air Force Research Lab, Amazon, American Express, BAE Systems, Bank of America, Blackhawk Networks, BlackRock, Boeing, Cerner Corporation, Comcast,Ernst & Young, eBay Inc, Ford, EPE Innovations, Ernst & Young, Ford, Goldman Sachs, Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., High 5 Games, Houzz, IBM, IMVU, INFICON, Intercontinental Exchange, Investing Channel, Jeppesen, Lowenstein Sandler, LLC, McKinsey & Company, NCC Group, NSI-MI, Parsons Corporation, Petuum, Playmaker Health, PwC, Rockwell Collins, Samsung, Securonix, SRC Inc, Symantec, Syrasoft, Telenav Inc,  ViaSat Inc., Walmart Labs, WXYZ, Yahoo, Yelp, Zify
  • Job location:
    98% in the US, 2% outside of US
  • Job location within the US:
    20% San Francisco Bay Area, 18% Metropolitan New York City, 8% Syracuse/Central New York, 5% Metropolitan Baltimore/Washington, DC, 5% Texas (Austin/Dallas/Houston), 5% Washington (Seattle), 3% Metropolitan Los Angeles, 33% Other
  • Job titles:
    Senior Programmer, Advisory Programmer & Data Analyst, Computer Scientist, Data scientist, Digital Analyst, Entrepreneurial Software Engineer, Full-Stack Software Engineer, Quality Systems Analyst, Security Analyst, Security Engineer, Senior Software Engineer, Software Developer, Software Dev Eng, Software Engineer Autonomous Cars, Software Engineer-Android, Systems Engineer, Technology Consultant
  • Base salary range:
    $60,000 - $120,000 or more
  • Median base salary range:
    $95,000 - 99,999

View program details in the University Course Catalog

Alumni Profile—Gauri Amberkar G’19, Mumbai, India

Gauri Amberkar

Before coming to Syracuse University, Gauri Amberkar G’19 was a java developer at Tata Consultancy Services where she worked on database and report development with banking and financial clients. Her desire to advance her knowledge of the latest technologies—and her career—brought her to SU.

Gauri loves to code. Her favorite classes featured coding assignments and projects. Her program’s emphasis on practical applications was one of the most beneficial aspects for Gauri. After her first year, she secured a summer internship at Airlines Reporting Corporation in Arlington, Virginia. Upon graduation, Gauri accepted a position with Amazon as a software development engineer.

On a personal note, even though Central New York’s heavy snowfall initially took Gauri by surprise, snow tubing became one of her favorite activities. And, despite being busy with her studies and job search, she participated in most of SU’s Orange After Dark events, worked out in the on-campus gyms, and spent time with her close friends.

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