Graduate Programs

Computer Science


MS Concentrations: Computer Science; Software Engineering

Certificates: Bioinformatics Technology; Computer Architecture; Computer Engineering; Computer Networks and Communications; Data Management Systems; Information Assurance and Security; Intelligent Systems; Software Engineering; Systems Software


The Computer Science Department offers Master's Degree programs in Computer Science and Software Engineering, Certificates of Advanced Study for students enrolled in the Computer Science program, and a Master's Degree joint program in Computer Engineering.

The primary goal of each of these programs is to prepare students to serve as effective professional computer specialists in a society which increasingly depends on computer usage and technology.

A secondary goal is to prepare interested students for research, teaching, or further study toward the Ph.D. in Computer Science. The programs also enable individuals with background in other areas to obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to enter and advance in employment in computer-related industries.

Admission as a classified graduate student in Computer Science requires:

  • a baccalaureate degree;
  • a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units attempted;
  • GRE general test;
  • mathematical preparation including two semesters of calculus and one semester of calculus-based probability and statistics corresponding to Sacramento State courses MATH 30, MATH 31, STAT 50;
  • Computer Science lower-division preparation including programming proficiency, discrete structures, machine organization, and UNIX and PC-based program development environment proficiency corresponding to Sacramento State courses CSC 15, CSC 20, CSC 28, CSC 35, and CSC 60 and as evidenced by a pass on the graduate student placement test or a baccalaureate degree in Computer Science; and
  • Computer Science advanced preparation as evidenced by a 3.25 GPA in the following Sacramento State upper division Computer Science courses or their equivalent elsewhere: CSC 130, CSC 131, CSC 132, CSC 134, CSC 137, CSC/CPE 138, CSC 139.

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