MS in Computer Science

The Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science program is intended for computer professionals and for people who intend to move into the computer field from other areas of study. The MS in Computer Science is offered on the Charles River Campus and the North Campus, 100 Apollo Drive, Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Admissions Information

Prerequisite courses or evidence of proficiency in these areas must accompany the application to the program. If college-level credit courses are not in evidence, the department will determine what prerequisite courses must be completed in addition to the graduate degree requirements. Students claiming equivalent proficiency in prerequisite courses from non-academic sources must take an examination to demonstrate such proficiency.

The Application for Graduate Admission can be completed online and requires the following:

  • Official transcripts of previous academic work
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • A résumé
  • An $80 application fee

A maximum of two graduate-level courses (8 credits) taken at Metropolitan College before acceptance into the program may be applied toward the degree.

Prerequisites

Students who complete the program’s prerequisites at Boston University can earn an undergraduate Certificate in Computer Science. Contact Undergraduate Student Services at 617-353-2980 or metuss@bu.edu for more information.

Applicants to the program are required to have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and proficiency in the areas covered by the following courses:

  • MET CS 201 Introduction to Programming
  • MET CS 231 Programming with C++ or MET CS 232 Programming with Java
  • MET CS 248 Discrete Mathematics
  • MET CS 341 Data Structures with C++ or MET CS 342 Data Structures with Java
  • MET CS 472 Computer Architecture

Students are advised to discuss their background in this area with the graduate student advisor in order to determine the best sequence of courses.

Degree Requirements

Students are required to finish the core curriculum and either a five-course concentration or five general electives. The minimum passing grade for a course in the graduate program is a C (2.0), but an average grade of B (3.0) must be maintained to be in good academic standing and be eligible to graduate.

A total of 10 courses (40 credits) is required, as follows:

Core Curriculum (five courses/20 credits)

  • MET CS 535 Computer Networks or MET CS 579 Database Management
  • MET CS 566 Analysis of Algorithms
  • MET CS 575 Operating Systems
  • MET CS 662 Computer Language Theory
  • MET CS 673 Software Engineering

Students who have completed courses on core curriculum subjects as part of their undergraduate degree program must replace the corresponding core courses with electives. It is recommended that each replacement course be in the same technical area. Students who have work-related experience in any of the core curriculum courses may apply for a waiver by submitting appropriate documentation. When a course waiver is granted the student must substitute a graduate-level computer science course for the core course.

General Electives (five courses/20 credits)

Students who are not choosing a concentration must select five general electives. At least three courses must be at the 600 level or above:

  • MET CS 503 Windows .NET Application Programming with C#
  • MET CS 504 Green Information Technology
  • MET CS 532 Computer Graphics
  • MET CS 546 Quantitative Methods for Information Systems
  • MET CS 561 Financial Informatics
  • MET CS 565 Advanced Java Programming
  • MET CS 567 Enterprise Systems with SAP
  • MET CS 570 Biomedical Sciences and Health IT
  • MET CS 580 Health Informatics
  • MET CS 581 Electronic Health Records
  • MET CS 599 Biometrics
  • MET CS 601 Web Application Development
  • MET CS 632 IT Project Management
  • MET CS 633 Distributed Software Development and Management
  • MET CS 635 Network Design and Implementation
  • MET CS 651 Web Development with .NET
  • MET CS 664 Artificial Intelligence
  • MET CS 665 Software Design and Patterns
  • MET CS 667 Enterprise Java
  • MET CS 671 Systems Programming Using UNIX
  • MET CS 674 Database Security
  • MET CS 683 Mobile Application Development
  • MET CS 684 IT Security Policies and Procedures
  • MET CS 685 Network Design and Management
  • MET CS 689 Designing and Implementing a Data Warehouse
  • MET CS 690 Network Security
  • MET CS 693 Digital Forensics and Investigations
  • MET CS 695 Enterprise Information Security
  • MET CS 699 Data Mining and Business Intelligence
  • MET CS 701 Rich Internet Application Development
  • MET CS 703 Network Forensics
  • MET CS 713 Advanced Digital Forensics
  • MET CS 751 Web Services
  • MET CS 755 Cloud Computing
  • MET CS 767 Fuzzy, Expert, Genetic, and Neural Systems
  • MET CS 773 Software Quality Management
  • MET CS 779 Advanced Database Management
  • MET CS 780 Database Administration
  • MET CS 781 Advanced Health Informatics
  • MET CS 783 Enterprise Architecture
  • MET CS 789 Cryptography
  • MET CS 799 Advanced Cryptography

Electives other than those listed must be approved by an advisor and often include:

  • MET CS 594 Special Topics
  • MET CS 893 Agile and Advanced Software Engineering Methods
  • MET CS 894 Special Topics

Master’s Thesis Option in Computer Science (8 credits)

Students majoring in computer science may elect a thesis option, to be completed within 12 months. This option is available to MS in Computer Science candidates who have completed at least seven courses toward their degree and have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher. Students are responsible for finding a thesis advisor and a principal reader within the department. The advisor must be a full-time faculty member; the principal reader may be part-time faculty with a PhD (unless waived by department).

  • MET CS 810/811 Master’s Thesis

Concentrations

Declaration of More Than One Concentration

Students in the Master of Science in Computer Science program have the option to concentrate in more than one area for their MS program. Each concentration must be finished before the student officially graduates from his or her program. No additional concentrations may be added after graduation. In the case of some courses overlapping between one or more concentrations, only one course may count toward both concentrations. If more than one course overlaps, the student must take an elective in its place so that each concentration is completed.

Students may choose from the following concentrations:

Computer Networks

The Concentration in Computer Networks (Charles River Campus only) offers a broad foundation of information technology, along with an in-depth exploration of computer data communication and modern networking. The computer networks concentration provides a comprehensive examination of network design and implementation, network performance analysis and management, network security, and the latest networking technology. The program is designed to empower students with extensive hands-on experience in order to analyze, design, procure, manage, and implement cutting-edge computer networking solutions and technologies.

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science core curriculum (20 credits), students pursuing a Concentration in Computer Networks must also take the following concentration requirements and electives:

(five courses/20 credits)

  • MET CS 635 Network Design and Implementation
  • MET CS 685 Network Design and Management
  • MET CS 690 Network Security
  • MET CS 775 Advanced Networking

Plus one additional course from the list of computer science general electives.

Security

The Concentration in Security provides in-depth knowledge of emerging security threats and solutions to prepare technical leaders to identify, develop, and implement highly secure systems and networks that support organizational goals.

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science core curriculum (20 credits), students pursuing a Concentration in Security must also take the following concentration requirements and electives:

(five courses/20 credits)

  • MET CS 690 Network Security
  • MET CS 695 Enterprise Information Security
  • MET CS 789 Cryptography

Plus one course selected from the following:

  • MET CS 599 Biometrics
  • MET CS 674 Database Security
  • MET CS 684 IT Security Policies and Procedures
  • MET CS 693 Digital Forensics and Investigations
  • MET CS 703 Network Forensics
  • MET CS 713 Advanced Digital Forensics
  • MET CS 799 Advanced Cryptography

Plus no more than one additional course from the list of computer science general electives.

Dual Degree Option

Appreciating the converging nature of management skills and technology, the Computer Science Department has a special relationship with Metropolitan College’s Administrative Sciences and Actuarial Science departments. Students in either program are able to apply 8 credit hours from one degree to be credited toward a second degree, thereby reducing their work on the second degree by two courses. Students must be accepted independently by both departments, but they may request that application materials such as references and transcripts be forwarded from the first program to the second. Students must decide on which master’s program they want to matriculate into first.