College of Letters and Sciences


Master's Degree Programs

The Master of Science in Computer Science at UW-Whitewater is a 30-credit program that prepares students for leadership roles in the planning, development, testing, validation and maintenance of software systems in a range of applied areas that includes artificial intelligence, big data, cybersecurity, financial services, healthcare and others. The program has designed pathways for students with different educational backgrounds.


Degree plan


Why study Computer Science at UW-Whitewater?

Personalized curriculum
The Master of Science in Computer Science program is a 30-credit program, which provides pathways for students to become technical leaders by developing skills needed for:

  • Software engineering
  • Algorithms
  • Machine learning
  • Data science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Computing-related interdisciplinary areas

Earning potential
An MSCS can provide more earning potential, better career trajectory and the opportunity to become even more valuable to your organization. The median salary for a MSCS graduate is $110,000+, with job outlooks expecting to grow 19% by 2026.

What our graduates do

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Software engineers and developers

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Application developers and analysts

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Database administrators

Careers: What can you do with a Computer Science degree?

After earning their master's degree in Computer Science, UW-Whitewater graduates find a variety of positions in various colleges and university settings. Here’s a sample of the top careers:

  • Web developer
  • Computer network architect
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Computer hardware engineer
  • Database admin
  • Software developer
  • Info systems manager
  • Project manager

Our faculty

The UW-Whitewater computer science faculty works together as a team to promote a student-centered approach to teaching.

We have diverse expertise and research interests, many of which reflect the most in-demand computer science skills today, from AI to data science. Areas of speciality include:

  • Artificial intelligence (computer vision, machine learning, user modeling, decision modeling)
  • Networking and cybersecurity (emergency communication networks, internet of things, cloud computing, wireless networks)
  • Data science (block chain, data science in medicine, deep data)
  • Software engineering (software verification)
  • Computational biology (bioinformatics, genome evolution)
  • Theory of computer science (mathematical programming and optimization, algebra and combinatorics, operation research, data structure)
  • Web development


Meet our faculty

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UW-Whitewater offers the following Computer Science master’s degree options:

The MSCS program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is a 30-credit program. Students with non-Computer Science background will need to take additional deficiency courses as specified in the admission requirements.

Students with all backgrounds are welcome to apply. Applicants must meet all requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, including the minimum undergraduate GPA requirement (at least 2.75/4.00 overall or 2.90/4.00 during the last half of the degree).

Applicants must also complete the following undergraduate courses or their equivalents before completing the Master's degree:

  • Data structure and at least one lower-level programming courses (this requirement may be waived for students with substantial job-related programming experience)
  • Discrete mathematics or discrete structures
  • One semester of calculus
  • Computer organization and assembly

Students may be admitted to the program with deficiencies (prerequisites not yet completed). Identified deficiency items 1-4 must be removed prior to enrollment in any graduate coursework. Courses taken to remove deficiencies may be at the undergraduate or graduate level. Credits earned to remove deficiencies will not count toward the degree requirements for the Master of Science in Computer Science.

Because of limited space in the program, some applicants who meet the minimum requirements may not be accepted. We consider all application materials when deciding which applicants to admit.


Application Instructions

1. Complete items 1-4 on with School of Graduate Studies.

  • International students must also complete items 1-5 under the International Students heading.
  • International students with 3 year undergraduate degree must complete Bridge Certificate.
  • Limited number of credential evaluation [PDF] award is available for reimbursing international student's course-by-course evaluation cost.

2. In addition, the following items are required and should be emailed to

  • Resume
  • One-page personal statement describing why you want to pursue a Master’s degree in computer science
  • Reference letters from two (2) persons knowledgeable about your potential to do graduate work in computer science

3. Optional items:


  • Fall admission: July 15
  • Graduate Assistantship applications (Fall only): Feb. 15
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  • Spring admission: Dec. 1
  • Summer admission: May 1

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