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Master of Science in Computer Science

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

  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. are considered international students. View additional requirements »


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.


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). Recent graduates of this accelerated program have a job-placement rate of 95%.


You may choose an emphasis in computer science or embedded systems.


Areas of study

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


The field of computer science calls for creative problem solvers who enjoy helping others. If you want to learn the technology that is shaping the future, this degree could be a great fit for you.






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


To Apply

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

You may submit an online application or request additional information by visiting Admission »


Graduate Finances

Learn what financial resources are available »