MSACS Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

  • The MSACS program requires successful completion of at least 30 credits (10 graduate courses), excluding any prerequisites that may be needed.  
  • Students are expected to complete the degree program within a two-year period. 
  • Students must earn a CGPA of at least 2.75 in order to graduate from the program. 

A maximum of nine credits may be transferred from courses completed within the last five years at other accredited institutions and with a grade of B or better in accordance with the curricular requirements of the program and FDU policies. 

Career Perspectives

This program is designed to prepare students for entrance into and advancement in the profession of Computer Science, to meet the current needs of professionals and industry in the ever-changing field of computing, and for advanced graduate programs, including doctoral studies.

The program educates students and professionals to become leaders in various areas of Computer Science, including software engineering, database administration, and design, systems analysis and design, and advanced programming.

Graduates from this program can pursue careers as programmers, applications engineers and developers, data scientists, systems analysts, software engineers and developers, project managers, educators, researchers, consultants, and database, systems, network, and cybersecurity administrators.


Graduates from an accredited institution with an undergraduate degree in computer science typically meet these prerequisite requirements.

Research Foundation

All MSACS students are required to take a non-academic research course in their first semester.

  • EPS 5299 – Academic Research Foundations

Prerequisite Courses

Students without prior education equivalent to the following courses must complete these prerequisites:

Computer Science Core Courses (18 credits)

Advanced Computer Programming Specialization (12 credits)

*Choose either the first 4 courses or any 3 from the first 4 plus the internship

Database Administration Specialization (12 credits)

*Choose either the first 4 courses or any 3 from the first 4 plus the internship

Other Electives Specialization (12 credits)

*Choose any 4 courses from the list below