Computer Science and Engineering

Master of Science in Computer Science

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Why Choose Computer Science?

Continue your education with a Master of Science degree with a focus on computer science. You can explore the subject by choosing our thesis or non-thesis options.

Areas of study include:

  • Data science and big data
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Visualization and analytics
  • Databases and data mining
  • More

We have a mixture of courses that can be taken during the day, evening, or online, giving working professionals a pathway to an advanced degree. When you graduate, you will be able to use current computer science techniques to solve a broad range of problems.

Program strengths include

  • Faculty expertise
  • Well-equipped laboratory facilities
  • A curriculum that combines theory, software, and hardware
  • Opportunities to work with faculty members on research projects

A solid background in these core computer science skills will help you with your graduate degree:

  • Computer programming
  • Computer organization
  • Data structures and algorithms
  • Programming languages
  • Operating systems
  • Problem-solving and implementation using computer programming

Success Stories

Nathan Adams, a computer science graduate student, works with Dan Krane, professor of biology, to review DNA evidence in criminal cases.
A research project by Matt Piekenbrock, a graduate computer science at Wright State, was selected by the Google Summer of Code 2017 competition.

Academics and Curriculum

The entire program requires no less than 30 semester hours of course work. This includes the Computer Science core courses and the completion of the thesis or non-thesis option.

Computer Science and Computer Engineering courses at the 6000 level and above can be used toward your degree. Program level prerequisites, including CEG 6350 Operating System Internals and Design, do not qualify.

View the Master of Science in Computer Science program information, outcomes, and requirements in the Academic Catalog.

Students can add the Big and Smart Data Certificate to their program, adding the technical foundation needed to manage and analyze Big Data and to create Smart Data-enabled applications for enterprises and individuals to the Computer Science degree.

View the Big and Smart Data Certificate program information, outcomes, and requiredments in the Academic Catalog


Program Prerequisites

At least one year of formal coursework in computer programming. Formal coursework in data structures, computer organization, and operating systems is also required. 

The materials covered in these courses should be equal to Wright State University courses:

  • CS 3100 Data Structures and Algorithms
  • CEG 4350 Operating Systems Internals and Design
  • CEG 3310 Computer Organization

If you do not have a year of formal coursework in computer programming, you may show programming proficiency by:

Students lacking other prerequisite coursework may be assigned additional prerequisite courses upon admission.

Math Prerequisites

  • One year sequence in calculus
  • Knowledge of linear or matrix algebra
  • Coursework in probability, statistics, and discrete math is preferred


The admission process is competitive.  Successful applicants will usually meet the following expectations:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related field
  • A 3.0 GPA

If you do not meet the admission expectations above you may still be considered for admission. We will take into account your current academic and professional achievements when making this decision. In particular, students with a higher GPA in the last two years of their undergraduate degree, or high grades in computer science and mathematics coursework are often eligible for admission.

International Students

International students must meet English language proficiency requirements. Please contact the University Center for International Education for more information on the admissions process for international students.

How to Apply

Graduate students should apply for admission through Wright State's Graduate School.

Program Dismissal

You can find all admission and dismissal guidelines on the Graduate School Policies and Procedures page.

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