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Key Program Details

  • Complete 30 credits in as little as 12 months 
  • Accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges 
  • Courses designed by expert faculty at a globally acclaimed research institution 
  • Flexibility tailored to your schedule, allowing you to pursue your degree at your own pace 
  • Graduate with a comprehensive portfolio showcasing demonstrated expertise  
  • No GRE test scores required

“We’ve come up with a cohesive set of classes that will give you a body of knowledge needed to be relevant as a software engineer in today’s climate.”

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— Prof. Jules White, Associate Dean for Strategic Learning Programs

Gain fundamental computer science knowledge and the critical thinking skills needed to become an innovative problem solver in today’s tech industry. The online master of science in computer science offers a flexible curriculum designed by expert Vanderbilt faculty, exposure to world-renowned research and entrepreneurship and connections to a motivated community. You will develop meaningful relationships with peers, professors and researchers through live, face-to-face experiences that will equip you with the necessary skills and insights to excel in today's technological industry.

Admissions to the Online Computer Science Master’s Degree

To qualify for the online master’s in computer science, you must hold a bachelor’s degree in computing or a computing-related field in engineering or natural science, or hold a bachelor’s degree in another subject, but have significant experience in computer science and programming.

Programming experience in at least one of the following computing languages is highly recommended: Java, JavaScript, Python, C++, Objective C, Swift, C#, Kotlin, Clojure, Ruby, Haskell or Scala.

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GRE test scores are not required to apply to the M.S. in computer science program.
Learn more and view a detailed list of application requirements on the Admissions page. International applicants are encouraged to visit the International Applicants page for detailed information regarding admissions requirements.

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Online Computer Science Master’s — Curriculum & Courses

The online master of computer science program will prepare you with skills applicable to creative tech careers through a curriculum focused as much on essential computer science knowledge as interdisciplinary and emerging practices.

The program curriculum focuses on the following key subject areas:

  • Mobile and cloud computing
  • Intelligent systems
  • Cybersecurity
  • Software and systems engineering
  • Distributed systems
  • Computer science theory

Develop Cross-Disciplinary Skills

As you develop your computer science knowledge and skills, you will also have opportunities to push your ideas in new directions through interdisciplinary exploration. Our program allows you to engage with faculty, work closely with other students and conduct your own research across topics.

Related subjects you may explore include:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Human-systems integration
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Web applications
  • Distributed real-time and embedded middleware
  • Model-integrated computing
  • Data science

By exploring areas where computer science intersects with related subjects like health care and medicine, energy and natural resources, security and entertainment, you will be able to apply the skills you gain to tech positions in your own community.

Faculty incorporate hands-on exercises into the program, ensuring that you can apply knowledge gained in classes to real-world practice with high-demand, web-based technologies.

As a student, you’ll engage in exercises with native applications on various platforms; languages like Java, Python and JavaScript; and cloud computing and security.


By completing these course exercises and projects, you’ll develop solutions to real-world problems through hands-on assignments that will enhance your professional portfolio. This comprehensive portfolio will consist of exercises and projects on which you have worked, as well as any research you conducted. Upon graduation, you’ll be able to use your portfolio to showcase your abilities to employers.

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What Makes Vanderbilt One of the Most Innovative Universities?

Faculty-Driven Discoveries

School of Engineering faculty are experts in highly relevant and growing fields — many of them actively working on solving complex problems using tools they helped invent — and they share their knowledge directly with students. For example, our faculty are leading the charge in the development of cyber-physical systems and even coined the term for these systems that provide the foundations for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet (II).

An Incubator for Research

You will also have the chance to explore technological problems and research in which Vanderbilt’s faculty is actively engaged. Current initiatives include the Institute for Software Integrated Systems, where researchers are writing the rules of modern security systems, and the Artificial Intelligence team is working to improve access for people with disabilities. As a student, you’ll gain exposure to the latest research and developments that are making an impact in the computer science field.

The Wond'ry

The Wond’ry is a site dedicated to fostering cross-disciplinary innovation at Vanderbilt. Located on campus directly next to the Engineering and Science Building, the space houses studios, workshops and labs where students and faculty from all schools, levels and disciplines can connect to create new technologies and processes that make a difference in people’s lives — on and off campus. The work that happens at the Wond’ry will inform what you learn in your online classes and even research projects that you pursue.

Computer Science Career Paths After Earning Your Master's Degree

The Vanderbilt M.S. in computer science online program’s interdisciplinary curriculum can prepare you for a number of careers in computer science after graduation.

From the Blog: Which Computer Science Career Is Right for Me? 

Part of the value of earning your computer science master's degree online is to discover and increase the career options available to you.

Computer science–related careers and salaries can include the following:3, 4

  • $84,280 Computer programmer
  • $109,020 Computer network architect
  • $142,530 Computer and information systems manager
  • $98,350 Information security analyst

More jobs you can pursue after earning your computer science master’s degree include software developer, network security architect, database administrator and computer systems analyst.

If you pursue interdisciplinary studies in the program, you can also employ your skills for solving complex computer science problems outside of traditional technical fields in industries such as consulting, medicine, law and finance.

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Advance as a Tech Professional with an Online CS Master’s Degree

The M.S. in computer science program emphasizes the application of computer science and software engineering concepts while also covering a breadth of technical subject areas. Through interdisciplinary exploration, collaborative work and independent projects, you will gain the tools for solving complex computer science problems.

The program’s emphasis on hands-on learning will equip you with in-demand skills that you can immediately apply to various technology careers.

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Why Earn a Master’s of Computer Science Online from Vanderbilt?

As the #1 Online Master’s Degree in Computer Science in 2022 according to Fortune, Vanderbilt provides an environment that will nurture your growth as a tech professional.1 Our program will offer you first-hand exposure to the latest developments in the field. As a student, you will become a member of a hardworking, bustling global community that is influencing change in the real world, right now.

The Vanderbilt School of Engineering is a powerhouse for innovation in technology and interdisciplinary fields. Through leading research and entrepreneurial efforts, faculty and students continuously address important issues impacting society. Our online M.S. in computer science program allows students to implement new solutions and ways of thinking in communities around the world.

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Learn from Expert Faculty in Our Online Master’s in Computer Science

Studying computer science online is just as impactful as in-person. Designed and taught by Vanderbilt’s renowned faculty, the program curriculum reflects their direct experiences creating, solving and securing systems. Because our faculty stay on top of the latest computer science developments, you will too. 

Faculty will also offer guidance if you choose to conduct your own research. As a student, you will be able to explore areas of interest, and Vanderbilt faculty will discuss your ideas and collaborate with you on projects. Like on-campus students, you’ll be able to work directly with an adviser as you conduct research.

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The research that we conduct, we definitely bring directly into the courses. All the years I spent designing large-scale, web-based applications — that’s presented in the class.


— Graham Hemingway, Associate Professor

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1Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt named No. 1 in Fortune's 2022 Best Online Master's in Computer Science Programs. Accessed July 2022.

2U.S. News & World Report, National University Rankings in 2024. Accessed September 2023.

3U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Computer and Information Technology Occupations Accessed April 2020.

4U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Computer and Information Systems Managers. Accessed April 2020.