Computer Science (MS)

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Why An MS in Computer Science?

A Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science degree provides the skills needed to become a leader and conduct research in the dynamic field of computer science. Graduate computer science courses offer you a competitive edge as well as the option to specialize your coursework in game development or cyber security.

Why Study Computer Science at Iona?

Iona University’s MS in Computer Science is designed for students with a computer science background who want to enhance their skills through research and project-based learning, as well as students who want to transition into the field. You have the opportunity to learn from full-time faculty who engage with cutting-edge computer science research and prioritize student mentorship.

What You'll Learn

During your graduate-level computer science courses, you hone your skills by working with a team to organize, manage and develop a large software project. Throughout the project, you build an advanced understanding of large-scale software design and development in a team environment–critical experience for your success. You also have the opportunity to conduct research for a computer science thesis with the potential for publication in a major journal.

The MS program solidifies your foundation in computer science with specific courses in data structures and algorithms, database design, operating systems and more. You develop critical skills that enhance your professional expertise and prepare you to face the challenges of the modern workplace, including:

  • Programming in a variety of languages including Java, C, C++, C#, Python, PHP, Javascript, Swift and Assembly
  • Database development using SQL
  • Network programming
  • Mobile and web applications development
  • Parallel and scientific computing

Cyber Security Concentration

Deep-dive into cyber security by examining software and application security, cryptography, network security and more!

Game Development Concentration

Expand your creative and technical know-how to develop games and simulations using virtual/augmented reality and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

Explore Courses (MS)

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Is a Master’s in Computer Science Worth it?

Discover the value of earning a master’s in computer science, including the expertise you’ll gain, the dynamic employment future and your earning potential.

Application Requirements

Completion of CS 510 (Discrete Mathematics) and CS 520 (Intro to Computer Science) with a B or higher.

Lubo Ivanov

Lubomir Ivanov, Ph.D.

Graduate Programs

Assistant Chair, Computer Science Department

Professor of Computer Science

Game Development Coordinator

Careers & Outcomes

With hands-on experience in troubleshooting technical issues and opportunity to engage in research, the Computer Science master’s degree makes you highly marketable to many types of organizations.

Job Titles

  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Data Analytics Director
  • Information Technology Manager
  • Computational Chemist

Our Graduates Have Worked At:

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Joshua Espinoza

Iona's Computer Science Department gave me the diverse programming knowledge I needed for my job. I was not just taught how to code, I was taught how the code works – which is extremely important.

Joshua Espinoza '15, '16MS

Hear from Alumni and Faculty

Whether you want to explore game development, cyber security or software development, at Iona you will receive the individualized attention you need for success.

CS Program Highlights

Passionate Faculty

The MS in Computer Science faculty are active contributors to the computer science field. They share their depth of knowledge and passion, as they push you to succeed in your own project-based learning and explore computer science research opportunities.

Community of Lifelong Learners

The Iona Computer Science Department is a tight-knit community of high achieving students committed to lifelong learning, growth and networking.

Successful Alumni

Many Iona graduates start ventures and businesses before they graduate. And upon graduation, our alumni are eager to help fellow Gaels with internships, mentoring and job opportunities. Through our graduate programs, you will join our community of Gaels who can provide the right professional connections!

Learn More About Iona’s MS in Computer Science

Iona’s Master of Science in Computer Science degree provides graduate students with the opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills in software design and engage with computer science research. In addition, the program’s concentrations offer computer science students the option to explore game development or cybersecurity.

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