Our Master's Program at Cal State LA offers a comprehensive education in the rapidly changing and emerging field of Computer Science and prepares students to enter the competitive technology industry.

M.S. Computer Science

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Who Should Apply

Anyone with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or a closely related field with an overall GPA of 3.0 may apply. Prerequisite courses may be required for non-CS students or for students from non-ABET accredited CS programs.

Application Requirements

Choose a Path

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With the approval of the CS advisor, choose 18 units of 4000/5000 level courses as well as the Thesis and Project courses.

Complete 24 units of 4000/5000 level courses and undertake a comprehensive examination to demonstrate your knowledge.

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Study in the Heart of Los Angeles

Conveniently located near downtown Los Angeles, Cal State LA is easily accessible by major freeways.

Up to 80% Less Tuition

Our tuition and fees are 50% - 80% lower than the other universities in Southern California. U.S. News & World Report recognized Cal State LA for its affordability, ranking among the top 10 in the West for graduates with least debt.

At our top-ranked engineering program, a Master's Degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Cal State LA is a great value for the quality education you will receive.

Prepared for Your Future

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After This Program You Are

  • Able to write and analyze sophisticated algorithms
  • Equipped to design, develop, analyze, and assess complex software systems
  • Prepared to apply for high-profile computer science jobs
  • Ready to pursue a Ph.D. degree in CS or related fields

Simple To Apply

GRE and Recommendation letters are NOT required
Minimum GPA of 3.0
(Promising applicants with GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 may be admitted and are encouraged to apply)

Application Period 

SPRING 2024: August 1, 2023 - October 15, 2023
FALL 2024: October 1, 2023 - February 15, 2024

Reach Out

Contact us with questions about the program
Email: [email protected].