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School of Computing

Master of Science in Computer Science

  • Computer Science Emphasis
  • Embedded Systems Emphasis


You’ll be qualified

With a master’s degree in computer science from Southern Adventist University, you are positioned for success in a cutting-edge field.

  • Career advancement. Graduates are prepared for expanded job responsibility and administrative roles.
  • Earn more. Graduates can expect to earn an additional $12,000 to $20,000 annual salary, since most finish the program with the equivalent of five years of work experience.

Southern advantages

With the fastest internet service in the country, Chattanooga is a magnet for tech start-ups and innovative companies. Many computer science students land well-paying internships before graduation.

Our highly qualified faculty members have expertise in computer engineering, computer science, and computer information systems.


Areas of study

  • Software architecture, engineering, and development
  • Network security
  • Distributed systems (cloud computing)
  • Embedded systems (small electronics in all new technology)
  • Algorithms 


We offer two program options:

  1. The traditional program allows you to earn a master’s degree in two years.
  2. The combined program allows you to complete a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in computer science concurrently in five years (with the option of receiving the bachelor’s after the fourth year).

To Apply

The application deadline is July 1 for the fall semester, and November 1 for the winter semester.

Learn more about admission »

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Graduate Finances

Learn about available financial resources »



For more information, call 1.800.SOUTHERN and ask for Graduate Studies.




Admission Requirements for the MS in Computer Science


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science from an ABET-accredited program, or by permission
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0


Admission process

Deadlines: July 1 (fall admission), November 1 (winter admission)

  1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »
  2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.
  3. Submit two recommendation forms. Download PDF »
  4. Submit your current resumé.


International Students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »


MS in Computer Science students    


Email or call for information about everything from admission to graduation. 

Tyson Hall
Program Coordinator

Graduate Faculty


Scot Anderson, PhD
Associate Professor

MS and PhD, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
BS, Southwestern Adventist University

Tyson Hall, PhD
Professor of Computing

BS, MS, and PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology

Richard Halterman, PhD
Dean and Professor of Computing

PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
MS, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
BS, Florida Southern College, Lakeland

Timothy Korson, PhD
Professor of Computing

PhD, Georgia State University, Atlanta
MS, Ohio University
BA, Atlantic Union College