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Master of Science in Computer Science

Computer science, with its many subfields, is a continuously expanding field of study and your success is in part determined by your interest in specialized disciplines. A Master of Science in Computer Science from Fontbonne University will give you the theoretical and practical tools to succeed and advance.

According to the Computing Research Association, the need for specialists in cybersecurity and data science is higher than it has ever been. ISACA, a non-profit information security advocacy group, has predicted that there will be a global shortage of 2 million cybersecurity professionals by 2019. The need for full-stack developers (skills learned in software engineering) has increased by 30 percent since October 2017. Full-stack developers are one of the highest-paid and most sought-after professionals in the US.

Program Highlights

Your master program will be focused on one of three practical specializations: cybersecurity, data science, and software engineering.

  • Taught by faculty with industry and research knowledge
  • Practical courses based on theoretical foundations
  • Appropriate for professionals with a technology-related degree as well as those with no technology-related degree but who find themselves in a job that demands knowledge from one of the three specializations
  • Small class sizes
  • 34 credit hours
  • Four graduate assistantships available for both fall and spring

Please note: The GRE requirement will be waived for all Fall 2020 applicants.

Program Formats

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Clayton Campus

Located in a beautiful residential neighborhood in the vibrant St. Louis suburb of Clayton, our original, main campus is home to Fontbonne’s administrative offices, on-campus housing, the Jack C. Taylor Library, bookstore, theater, art studio and gallery, as well as classrooms, education spaces and offices.

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Fontbonne is dedicated to designing and teaching high-quality, mission-driven online courses and programs. Just as Fontbonne University’s traditional programs seek to educate students to think critically, to act ethically and to assume responsibility as citizens and leaders, so do our online courses and programs.

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Accelerated Program

Current Fontbonne students may apply for the M.S. in Computer Science as an accelerated master’s program. The following 3 courses (9 credit hours) can be counted for both undergraduate and graduate credit as part of the accelerated master’s program from the Computer Science, B.S.

Career Opportunities

Your advanced degree in computer science can lead to many job sectors: banking, entertainment, production, government, education, healthcare, just to name a few.

Positions could include:

  • iCloud app developer
  • Full-stack developer
  • .NET programmer

  • Digital Forensics analyst
  • Cybersecurity risk analyst
  • Penetration tester

  • Machine learning specialist
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Image Processing Specialist

Program Contact

Dr. Mary Abkemeier

Phone: 314-889-1497


Master of Science in Computer Science

Contact Information

6800 Wydown Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63105


Mon – Fri 8:00am – 4:30pm

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