Online Master's in Computer Science in Texas

May 31, 2020

There are a host of schools in Texas with master's degrees in computer science, but finding an online program can be difficult at the moment. One school in Texas is slated to begin a fully online program, and then a couple of other schools have online components.

Texas Schools Offering Online Master's Degrees in Computer Science

University of Texas, Austin

Beginning in the Fall 2019 semester, UT Austin will offer an online Master of Science in Computer Science degree. The degree consists of 30 total credit hours (10 courses), with studies in topics like machine learning, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, data mining, security, and robotics. The online degree components will look very similar to the traditional classroom curriculum. You'll go through the same instruction and have access to the same department as those who are taking graduate computer science courses on campus. Thanks to the online program structure, you won't have to worry about leaving your existing career to earn a master's degree. You can expect to complete the degree between a year-and-a-half and three years.

Texas State University

The Computer Science Department at Texas State University has three partially-online degree programs for students. A Master of Arts in Computer Science, a Master of Science in Computer Science, and a Master of Science in Software Engineering are all listed under the university's 'distance learning' options. All three programs require some campus attendance, but you'll be able to take at least 50% of your courses through their ITV system. The programs require 18 hours of course work and offer students thesis and non-thesis options. Adding a thesis will bring your total credits to 30 hours, while non-thesis options require 36 total credit hours. The non-thesis route for computer science students requires a minor, and the software engineering non-thesis route requires additional computer science courses.

St. Mary's University

Located in San Antonio, the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology at St. Mary's University offers a Master of Science in Computer Science degree. Although this is not strictly an online program, online options are available for some of your classes. There will be 33 credits total in the program, and you can choose a project or thesis to complete the degree. You'll also take a couple of courses from the engineering department to complement your studies in computer science. The faculty members at St. Mary's have backgrounds in game development, cybersecurity, and multiple programming languages.

Admissions Requirements for Online Master's Degrees in Computer Science

Even though it isn't a strict requirement, it's highly advisable for you to have earned your bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field before you start a master's program. If your degree is outside of computer science, be sure that you have taken some courses in the subject, or you may have to take undergraduate courses as a condition of admission. Online courses require a stable network connection, so be sure that your access to the internet is uninterrupted. Your GRE scores should show that you are capable of performing advanced math equations, as reflected in your quantitative results. You'll need to write a statement of purpose and provide letters of recommendation from other instructors.

Online master's degrees in computer science are an excellent way to focus on your current career while learning advanced topics in the field. Texas only has one school with a fully-online master's program in computer science, and a couple schools with some online courses included in campus-based programs.

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