International Student: Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science

Starting Fall 2024

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The MS in Computer Science for International Students (F-1 Visa Academic Students) provides key career and skills development in the following high-demand and cutting-edge areas of study: 

  • Artificial Intelligence & Data Science

  • Cybersecurity

  • Software Engineering 

As an international Capitol student, you will learn within an academic environment that fosters a globalized community through accessible education in today’s technology arena. Our industry-expert faculty and global partners participate in the wide-reaching international discussion of computer science trends and higher education standards, delivering you the most relevant learning experiences and tailored curriculum to thrive in the global economy. 

View our MS in Computer Science program for more information.

Admissions

  • International first-time freshman and transfer students may use the Common Application or our Graduate Application for International Students. There is a $50 application fee. 

  • All non-native English speakers must demonstrate a satisfactory level of English proficiency. The following options are acceptable: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 80 (internet-based)/550 (paper-based); International English Language Test (IELTS) minimum overall band score of 6.5 and no individual score lower than 6.0 Duolingo minimum score of 115; LanguageCert’s International ESOL B2 exam with all scores at 39 or higher (writing, reading, listening and speaking) SAT minimum Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 520; Evidence showing successful completion (C or higher) of English composition at an accredited university or college within the United States. 

    1. Have your undergraduate degree transcripts sent to Capitol. An official, signed transcript must be sent directly from your school(s) to the Office of Admissions. If you attended more than one institution, only those transcripts with the final degree posted should be submitted. Transcripts should be mailed to:

      Office of Admissions
      Capitol Technology University
      11301 Springfield Road
      Laurel, MD 20708

      Or have your transcripts sent electronically to Master's Admissions at Capitol Tech.

      For those applicants who have attended a post-secondary college and/or university outside of the United States, you must have your academic records evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization member. Regardless of citizenship, language or home country, you must have your academic records evaluated by a NACES organization member. When selecting the type of evaluation, please be sure to select Course by Course Evaluation.

    2. Generally, to apply to a graduate degree program, you should have completed a bachelor’s degree or be completing a bachelor’s degree prior to enrollment and should have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or higher. For the MS in Computer Science:

    • A Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or related area is recommended, but not required.

    • Students who do not have a BS in Computer Science or related area must have the following programming knowledge: Proficiency in computer topics, including programming (one or more of Python, Java or C++ recommended), object oriented programming (classes, objects, inheritance and polymorphism), data structures (queues, stacks, lists, linked lists and trees).

  • Accepted students must submit the following before their I-20 is issued: 

    1. Statement of Finances: Applicants must submit bank statements verifying sufficient financial resources for living and educational expenses to cover one year at the university. These documents must be original and current (within six months of your anticipated start date) and show at least $44,690 (minus any scholarships you received from the institution or elsewhere). If you are being sponsored by another individual or by your employer, an original letter from each sponsor and/or employer verification must accompany these bank statements. 

    1. Copy of your passport identification page. 

    All documents can be emailed to our International Admissions.

Tuition and Fees

 Tuition and Fees for 2024-2025 Academic Year

Tuition $11,340
Fees $2,276
Books & Supplies $900
Room & Board $12,836
Miscellaneous $1,800
Transportation $1,400
Total Cost of Attendance $30,552

 

Important Deadlines

  Fall Application Deadline  Spring Application Deadline 
Applying for New F-1 Visa  June 1 October 1
Transferring Existing F-1 Visa  August 1 December 1

 

Degree Details

COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (30 Credits)  

Core Courses (15 credits)

Note: Must complete 5 of the following 7 courses

CS 502 Predictive Analytics 3
CS 507 Database Systems Implementation 3
CS 510 Algorithms 3
CS 620 Operating Principle in Information Assurance 3
CS 701 Artificial Intelligence 3
CS 713 Design of Cloud Networks and Services 3
CS 714 Computer Science Seminar 3

Students may choose to complete a specialty track or pick courses from the multiple tracks listed below.

Electives (15 credits)

Note: Must complete 5 courses drawn from the following track lists

Artificial Intelligence & Data Science    
Students choosing this track should take CS 701 as a core course.   
CS 511 Statistical Methods in Data Science 3
CS 604 Accelerated and Parallel Computing 3
CS 605 Intelligent Automation 3
CS 610 Machine Learning and Neural Networks 3
CS 710 Big Data 3
CS 711 Computer Vision and Deep Learning 3
CS 716 Advanced Artificial Intelligence 3
Cybersecurity    
Students choosing this track should take CS-620 as a core course.   
IAE 500 Introduction to Information Assurance 3
IAE 671 Legal Aspects of Computer Security and Information Privacy 3
IAE 674 Security Risk Management 3
IAE 675 Computer Forensics and Incident Handling 3
IAE 677 Malicious Software 3
IAE 679 Vulnerability Mitigation 3
IAE 685 Principles of Cyber Security 3
Software Engineering     
Students choosing this track should take CS 510 as a core course.   
CS 505 Intro to Software Design w/UML 3
CS 506 Requirements/Resource Analysis 3
CS 512 Computer Language Design 3
CS 551 Software Testing 3
CS 552 Agile Methods 3
CS 575 Secure Coding 3
CS 705 Multithreaded and Distributed Programming 3
Other technical or non-technical elective approved by CS Chair 3

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