Master of Science in Computer Science

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See also => Master of Science in Applied Computer Science

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. Learn how data analytics can jumpstart your career.
  • Earn more: You can expect to earn up to an additional $12,000 to $20,000 annually, since most graduates 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 startups and innovative companies. Many computer science students land well-paying internships before graduation.
  • Excellent faculty:  Our highly qualified faculty members have expertise in computer engineering, computer science, and computer information systems.


  • Bachelor's degree:  Bachelor’s degree in computer science from an ABET-accredited program (or by permission of the School of Computing)
  • GPA requirement:  Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0

Admission process

  1. Graduate application:  Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $40). Apply now
  2. Transcripts:  Submit official college and university transcripts. Many institutions subscribe to the convenient transcript-request service at National Student Clearinghouse, or you may also contact your institution directly. Have your transcripts sent to the Graduate and Professional Studies office ( If you earned your prerequisite degree at Southern, you do not need to complete this step. 
  3. Recommendations:  Submit two recommendation forms (completed by work supervisors or professors). This should be done as part of the online application process.
  4. Resumé:  Submit your current resumé through your Application Status Page.

Application deadlines

Term U.S. Residents International
Fall July 1 May 1
Winter November 1 September 1
Summer April 1 February 1

International students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are considered international students and must meet additional requirements for admission.

  • View international-student admission requirements »

    1. All non-U.S. transcripts must be submitted through one of the following approved credential evaluation agencies: Evaluations are to be sent directly to Southern, Graduate Studies, by the service. All evaluation reports are considered to be advisory. Southern reserves the right to make final equivalency decisions.
    2. Certification of English proficiency.
      See School specific requirements in the Graduate Catalog. Scores are valid for two years from the test date. Learn more at:
    3. Submit Declaration of Finances.
      International students must have financial resources sufficient to support themselves for the calendar year, in addition to an international-student deposit of $3,000 (USD). Download Form
      • To be issued an I-20 Form, students must also provide a letter from financial sponsors (including their name and address), as well as copies of bank statements for the last three months showing the balance history for the student's account or the financial sponsor's account.

International students who will be coming to Southern's campus need some additional information about travel documents and living on campus.

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Harvey Alferez Salinas
Harvey Alferez Salinas


Scot Anderson
Scot Anderson


Willard Munger
Willard Munger


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I welcome your email or call if you have any questions about a graduate degree in computer science at Southern. It would be a pleasure to help you, and I look forward to working with you.

Willard Munger

Program Coordinator