About this Program

Computer science traces its foundation to mathematics, logic, and engineering. Studies in computer science encompass theory, experimental techniques, and engineering methodology. The computer information science curriculum (offered jointly with the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Information Technology & Decision Sciences) exposes students to aspects of each of these disciplines and fosters an appreciation and understanding of them. Students are exposed to the broad theoretical basis of computer science through lecture and laboratory experience.

Program Highlights

  • Master of Computer Science in Information and Communication Technology is a joint program with the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Information Technology & Decision Sciences. See the webpage under the Department of Computer Science for details.

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Master of Science
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary

$91,590 Median Salary

Teach courses in computer science. May specialize in a field of computer science, such as the design and function of computers or operations and research analysis. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Computer and Information Systems Managers

$149,730 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.

Computer Systems Analysts

$92,740 Median Salary

Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.

Computer and Information Research Scientists

$119,570 Median Salary

Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.


What are the requirements to apply for Computer Information Sciences at ODU?
Students entering the Master of Science program in Computer Information Sciences should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.

Students entering the Master of Computer Science in Information and Communication Technology should meet the minimum university graduate admission requirements (http://www.odu.edu/admission/graduate). In addition, an applicant must have a strong background in computer science. Students who do not have a sufficient background in computer science may enter the graduate program as provisional students and make up for their deficiencies by taking appropriate courses. Applicants are required to take the GRE general test. For the Computer Information Sciences emphasis area (described below), the GMAT aptitude test may be used. Two letters of recommendation from faculty members of academic institutions are required in addition to all transcripts at the postsecondary level. For students whose native language is not English, either a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) and 79 (internet-based) or IELTS score of 6.5 is also required.  


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

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