About this Program

This program is designed for students with a strong background in computer science. ODU's Computer Science Department supports in-depth study at the graduate level in areas such as: bioinformatics, data science, digital libraries, high performance computing, machine intelligence, networking, cyber security, software engineering, and computational foundations.

Program Highlights

  • Flexible schedule beginning in fall, spring and summer

  • Both online and on-campus course options available

  • Opportunities to conduct cutting-edge research with faculty

  • Finish the 34-credit hour, non-thesis program in less than two years

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 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.

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 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 Programmers

$87,530 Median Salary

Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.

Alumni Careers



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

Students entering the Master of Science program in computer science should meet the minimum university graduate admission requirements. 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. Waivers may be requested for applicants with industry experience.

  • GPA: 3.00

  • TOEFL score: paper based: 550, internet based: 79

  • IELTS score: 6.5


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

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Graduate Assistantships

Opportunities for Graduate Assistantships (with tuition assistance) through teaching or research.



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