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Computer and Information Science – Online Program

Designing, implementing and testing a large-scale software program requires a diverse set of skills, both technical and managerial. The online MS in Computer and Information Science from Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) offers an innovative, cutting-edge curriculum that provides you with the theoretical knowledge as well as the hands-on skills you need to successfully develop and lead major software projects from conception to launch.

NDNU is the only institution in the San Francisco Bay Area to offer a master’s in Computer and Information Science entirely online. As a university located near Silicon Valley, the heart of the U.S. software industry and center for high-tech innovation, we are able to take advantage of our proximity to events, developments, and experts to create a valuable and compelling program for our online students, no matter where they reside.

Learn to Manage Information in the Real World

At NDNU, we do more than tell you how the software-creation process works—we show you. The program’s comprehensive approach, which incorporates collaborative problem-solving and teamwork, simulates the way you will actually work within an organization. With intensive coursework in software analysis and architecture, advanced object-oriented technology, and project management, you will build up your skills in design development, testing, and implementation, and then apply them to a major project, gaining indispensable practical experience and insight.

See the NDNU General Catalog for course descriptions.

Program Requirements

To be considered for admission to the online Master of Science in Computer and Information Science, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Have a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better
  • Provide two academic and/or professional recommendations
  • Have a background, through academic courses or demonstrated work experience, with data structures, databases and object-oriented programming languages.

Work experience in the field is preferred. You may also be required to interview with the program director.

Career Outlook for MS in Computer and Information Science Graduates

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies computer and information systems managers as a fast-growing area of employment: it estimates growth of 18% between 2010 and 20201, as businesses and other organizations continue to require sophisticated networks, websites, online collaboration tools, and enterprise software systems. Security continues to be a pressing issue for many organizations as well.

Technical skills are vital, although employers also look for candidates with leadership talent and communications skills. Graduates of the online Master of Science in Computer and Information Science from NDNU will be able to demonstrate a broad range of proficiencies that organizations look for in highly-skilled managers and technical leaders in this field.

Careers in computer science can offer generous compensation. Median annual wages for computer and information systems managers in May 2011 were $125,660, with median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of employees in this field as follows:

Software publishers $141,910
Computer systems design and related services $134,660
Management of companies and enterprises $129,000
Insurance carriers $121,860
Colleges, universities, and professional schools $103,460

Other industries offering good job prospects include data processing and hosting companies; management, scientific, and technical consulting services; and health care. With so many opportunities in different fields, the online MS in Computer and Information Science from NDNU offers you flexibility now and throughout your career.

1All statistics on this page from Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2012,


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