Master of Applied Computer Science
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. Your first step would include completing the following core courses:
- Systems Analysis and Design
- Data Visualization
- TCP/IP Architecture and Protocols
- Cyber Security
- Advanced Database Topics
- Software Engineering
- Information Ethics
Master of Applied Computer Science Tracks
To enroll in the program, students are required to 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.
Students who do not have a background in programming are also eligible to apply, however students must complete (1) bridge course in each of the following areas at the beginning of their program:
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. Bridge courses may be taken at SXU or at another institution.
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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