Master of Applied Computer Science

Bridge Courses

For Career Changers

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Five Tracks

To choose from

Design and Build

Complex Software systems

Advance Your Career in Technology

Through 2028, careers related to a master's in computer science are forecast by the U.S. Bureau of Labors Statistics to increase in employment by an average of just over 10 percent. As a result, competition for these jobs will pick up and those possessing the in-depth technical knowledge required will stand out.

Saint Xavier University's Master of Applied Computer Science (MACS) program is here to help you further your understanding of the computing technologies that shape our world today.

SXU's 100-percent online classes, which allow you to continue your education around your busy schedule, will prepare you for the transition from student to professional:

Master of Applied Computer Science Core Courses

The required MACS common core represents an integrated curriculum that provides both practical application and a strong foundation in different areas of computer science. Faculty expertise and coaching will provide personalized support through hands-on courses, involving visual representation methods, Internet communication processes, how to analyze and design business information systems and more.

All students must complete the following core courses:

Five Tracks Provide a Personalized Experience

As you progress through the MACS program, you'll choose from five tracks that will drive your career path forward. In addition to developmental support to help your professional and personal growth, each track has courses specifically structured to provide you all of the concepts, tools and techniques required to analyze and solve complex problems.

If you are unsure which track to take, you can work with your advisor as you explore different areas in the core courses. This will help you find a specialization that excites you the most. It is also possible to simply take any five elective courses and complete a general track.

READ: Which Master of Applied Computer Science track is right for you?

The SXU Difference

SXU's seven core courses in MACS provide the foundation you need for jobs in technology, while the five tracks help you dig deeper into the techniques that are currently used in target industries. All of the courses ask you to design, program and create utilizing the same skills that you will put to use in your next job.

For career changers, our three bridge courses in Programming, Networking and Database are focused on preparing you with the skills you need to succeed in the MACS foundation and specialization courses. And all graduate students will work directly with software as part of our digital labs.

While the MACS program is online only, the class sizes remain intimate and SXU's faculty are always available to ensure your success through emails, video conferences, phone calls or stopping by campus for those who can.

Master of Applied Computer Science Curriculum

The MACS graduate program takes one to two years to complete, with 36 credit hours in total. Please check out the program requirements in the SXU Academic Catalog for more information.

While a degree in computer science, computer engineering or information technology is recommended, the MACS program is designed for everyone and is tailored for career changers who are venturing into computer science. If you have a bachelor’s degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution and a computer with internet access, you're ready to start.

Students who do not have a background in programming can take what they need from our three bridge courses, offered online during the summer, fall and spring semesters. These courses are substitutes for prerequisites and assure that students have the background needed to succeed in the program. Courses may be waived based on work experience in the industry.


1 to 2 years

36 Credit Hours

Next Start Date: August 24, 2020

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $750 
Credit Hours to Complete: 36
Approximate Cost: $27,000

Course Descriptions

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With career opportunities in computer programming, web development and more, don't hesitate to get started on your future dream career. Please review the program's application requirements and apply online today!

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