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What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

A minimum of 31 semester hours (or 1.5-2 years) for applicants with a computer science bachelor’s degree. A minimum of 56 semester hours (or 2.5-3 years) for those without a computer science bachelor’s degree.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: March 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: March 1

Computer Science, M.S.

The Georgia State University Computer Science M.S. program offers students a wide variety of research and technology areas of focus including:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning
  • Computer Architecture
  • Database
  • Data Mining
  • Big Data
  • Graphics and Visualization
  • Networks
  • Security and Privacy
  • Parallel and Distributed Computing
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cyber Physical Systems
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Programming Languages
  • Algorithms
  • Simulation and Software Engineering

A Bioinformatics concentration and Security & Privacy concentration are available.

Program Highlights

Our downtown location offers students great opportunities to land internships across metro Atlanta, which has been dubbed The Next Great Tech Hub by American Inno.

  • The program focuses intensively on the technical aspects of software and hardware related to computer science, data science, cyber-security and other topics.
  • Research in Computer Science at Georgia State is classified as “R1: Doctoral Universities” for having the highest research activity by Carnegie classification. Our faculty have won six National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER awards and one NSF CRII award, and have received research grants from a variety of other funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Computer Science graduate students have abundant opportunities to obtain on-campus assistantships that come with a tuition waiver.
  • Graduates are employed in major corporations, including Google, eBay, GE, Amazon and Anthem.
Program Details

In addition to the online graduate application, the Department of Computer Science has the following requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree in computer science or equivalent. While we welcome capable students with non-computer-science degrees, they may need some foundation courses.
  • A statement of background and goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for graduate work in computer science.
  • GRE (General) score.

Note: The application fee and GRE score requirement cannot be waived.

Foundation Course Requirements      

We welcome students from all backgrounds. However, applicants are expected to have completed certain computer science foundation courses with a grade of B or higher in each. Please refer to the current Graduate Catalog for a list of foundation courses. If you did not take all of these courses but the admission committee thinks you are talented, you will be asked to take the missing foundation courses during the first semester of enrollment at Georgia State, before starting your M.S. or Ph.D. coursework. Typically, we recommend that non-CS majors complete the CSC 1000–3000 level courses with a grade of B or higher before applying to our graduate program. You may also consider Georgia State’s post-baccalaureate program.

We also require the GRE (and TOEFL/IELTS for international students). Please be aware that English proficiency is not the only evaluation metric.

Generally, there are 24-28 hours of core courses depending on whether a student chooses the thesis or project option.

For more details, go to the course catalog.


We consider all accepted students for financial aid at the time of admission; top students will be admitted with funding support. Once we receive your completed application, our graduate admission committee will review your application. Top candidates may receive funding (with a tuition waiver) such as fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships and office assistantships in our department, as well as on-campus jobs at our university. More details will be provided once an admitted student shows up on campus.

The Computer Science M.S. program provides students with advanced training in the fundamental principles, processes and applications of information and computational technologies.



The Computer Science M.S. program is flexible and allows students to find the right fit in industry or research.

Computer Science graduates work in a wide range of local and national companies, including Google, eBay, GE, Amazon, Anthem, UPS, Coca-Cola, LexisNexis, ADP and NCR. Most of our M.S. graduates are employed in industry within a few months of graduation, while others go on to Ph.D. programs.


Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Xiaojun Cao
[email protected]

Associate Directors of Graduate Studies

Dr. Wei Li
[email protected]

Dr. Ashwin Ashok
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College of Arts & Sciences Lockup25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.