M.Sc. On Campus

Computer Science

Northeastern Illinois University

12 months
865 USD/credit 31140 USD/year
865 USD/credit 31140 USD/year
432 USD/credit 15552 USD/year
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The goal of the Computer Science program of the Northeastern Illinois University is to provide individuals who have a background in computer science a means of acquiring a higher level of computer sophistication.


Individuals with job titles such as application programmer/analyst, systems programmer or software engineer who want to expand the breadth of their computing background, or for whom an advanced degree is required for advancement would derive long-term benefits from the Computer Science program of the Northeastern Illinois University.

The master's degree in Computer Science has two concentrations:

  • one for individuals who want to enter careers in industry
  • one for individuals who want to pursue a Ph.D.

Program Benefits

In order to accommodate students who may be employed full-time, the courses in the graduate program are offered in the evening or on Saturday mornings. Our graduate courses usually have even fewer students than our undergraduate courses, allowing for more contact with the professor. Taking into account the amount of debt, starting and mid-career salary, Northeastern was ranked 6th best investment in the nation, right below Harvard and above Georgia Tech, (Newsweek, 2012).

Some benefits of our program are:

  • affordability
  • smaller class size
  • accessibility—day and evening classes
  • more contact with the actual professors

Career Options

Our master’s degree students obtain a variety of crucial skills necessary for either the job market or for continuing their education even further. Many of our graduates have senior positions at Motorola, Intel, HP, Walgreens, Kraft Foods, etc. Many have also gone on to teaching and/or for their Ph.D.

Below are a few of the career avenues that our students have taken:

  • Software Engineer
  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Computer Networking Professional
  • IT Project Manager
  • Web Developer

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Discrete Modeling And Analysis
  • Analysis Of Algorithms
  • Object-Oriented Design
  • Computer Networks
  • Software Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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36 alternative credits


On Campus

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General requirements

  • Applicants must have a four year degree from an accredited undergraduate college, with an overall undergraduate grade point average of not less than 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • No previous course work in computer science is necessary to enter the program; the student must have knowledge of discrete structures and programming.
  • Admission application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (Courses taken at colleges or universities outside of the U.S. must be evaluated)
  • Statement of goals and objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation with signed supplemental Letter of Recommendation Forms
  • Any additional program-specific required documents
  • Application fee
  • Notarized Graduate Financial Statement
  • Notarized bank letter(s) from each sponsor’s financial institution
  • TOEFL or IELTS official score report
  • Copy of passport photo page
  • Copy of Form I-94 and Form I-20 (if applying from within the U.S.)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31140 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    31140 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    15552 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 432 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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