Master of Applied Computer Science

Bridge Courses

For Career Changers

100% online


Five Concentrations

To choose from

Build Complex

Software systems

Find a New Career in Technology

Further your understanding of the computing technologies that shape our world today. With a Master of Applied Computer Science, you gain in-depth technical knowledge that can help you make a lifelong contribution to your career or switch to a career in network administration, security administration, software development, web development and data analysis.

In just four semesters, you can complete your degree and qualify for countless positions nationwide that need candidates with technical skills. Gain the knowledge and skills you need to push your careers forward and make a huge impact in society.

The Master of Applied Computer Science (MACS) program at Saint Xavier University is taught 100 percent online to allow you to continue your education around your busy schedule. With seven core courses, you build a solid foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge before choosing one of our five concentrations.

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. All students complete the following core courses:

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Master of Applied Computer Science Tracks

Am I Ready to Start?

Students who have a bachelor's degree in any field of study (a degree in computer science, computer engineering or information technology is recommended) with some knowledge in programming are ready to start.

Students who do not have a background in programming can take what they need from our (3) bridge courses in Programming, Networking and Database offered online during summer, fall and spring semesters.

These courses substitute 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

May 11, 2020

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $920
Credit Hours to Complete: 36
Approximate Cost: $33,120

Course Descriptions

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With a bachelor's degree in any field, you are ready to apply for SXU's MACS program! If you do not have a background in computer programming, you will be asked to complete three bridge courses before starting classes in the program. If you have work experience in the field, talk to your advisor to see what courses can be waived.

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Contact Information

If you have additional questions, please contact:

Graduate Admission
Phone: 773-298-3053

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