Computer Science Scholars Program

Concordia University offers a unique and affordable accelerated path to a master’s degree in Computer Science. The Computer Science Scholars program would allow incoming qualified students with a CS declared major to earn both a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science within four years. Approval would mean tuition costs for the graduate degree courses would remain the same as the traditional four-year undergraduate degree. The course load would require 18 credits per semester, with the ability to utilize enrollment in summer and online sessions.

Program Structure

Computer Science Scholars would complete the undergraduate courses required for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree, CS Professional Core, Common Core, along with elective courses totaling 120 undergraduate credits, and the required graduate courses for the Master of Science in Computer Science coursework totaling 30 credits. The minimum required credits for graduation as a CS Scholar would be 150 credits.  It should be noted that the scholars program requires the student to meet all traditional requirements of an undergraduate and graduate degree in Computer Science.  There are zero courses omitted or counted in multiple degree programs.  The scholars program is designed to provided a time compressed path to a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science for the distinguished student.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Professional responsibility. Students will recognize and be guided by the professional, legal and worldview issues involved in the use of computer technology.
  • Problem solving. Students will demonstrate how to solve problems in various user domains using the tools of computer science and information technology.
  • Elements of computational thinking. Students will recognize the broad relevance of computational thinking in everyday life as well as its applicability within other domains, and apply it in appropriate circumstances.
  • Modeling. Students will use such knowledge and understanding in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoff involved in design choices.
  • Methods and tools. Students will deploy appropriate theory, practices, and tools for the specification, design, implementation, and maintenance as well as the evaluation of computer-based systems.
  • Critical evaluation and testing. Students will analyze the extent to which a computer-based system meets the criteria defined for its current use and future development.
  • Requirements and Specifications. Students will identify and analyze criteria and specifications appropriate to specific problems, and plan strategies for their solution.
  • Knowledge and understanding. Students will exhibit knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles, and theories relating to computer science and information technology (especially the nine grand ideas).
  • A solid, classic foundation in graduate-level computer science
  • Excellent preparation for professional positions in software development and other technical and design oriented pursuits in computing
  • Excellent preparation for Ph.D.-level study in computer science or related fields
  • Intense, focused classroom instruction with an immersive experience


Core Requirements45
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Major54
Master of Science in Computer Science 30
Total Hours150
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Major
Required Courses
CSC 175Theory and Fundamentals of Computer Science3
CSC 200Coding I- Fundamentals3
CSC 250Coding II - Algorithms3
CSC 325Computer Architecture3
CSC 350Operating Systems3
CSC 370Software Engineering3
CSC 410Computational Dilemmas3
CSC 420User Experience and Interactive Systems3
CSC 430Database Fundamentals3
CSC 460Advanced Database and Web Development3
CSC 491Capstone Project3
MATH 205Statistics I3
Concentration (Please see program director for details.)18
Total Hours54
Master of Science in Computer Science
Required Courses
CSC 510Vocation and Ethical Computing3
CSC 515Applied Artificial Intelligence3
CSC 520User Experience3
CSC 525Data Security and Information Assurance3
CSC 540Applied Computer Networking3
CSC 548Mobile Computer Architecture3
Total Hours18

Please select one of the following concentrations:

Software Engineering Concentration
CSC 530Database Administration3
CSC 543Advanced Algorithms3
CSC 549Language Theory3
CSC 560Applied Restful APIs and Integrations3
Total Hours12
Information Systems Concentration
CSC 530Database Administration3
CSC 545System Analysis and Design3
CSC 550System Administration and Maintenance3
CSC 552Advanced Networking3
Total Hours12
Business Data Applications Concentration
CSC 530Database Administration3
MBA 534Mastering Analytics and Decision Making3
MBA 562Financial Analyses to Drive Business Growth3
MBA 569Management Science and Analytics3
Total Hours12

Admission Requirements

This program is open to incoming Computer Science majors who have met the following high school academic requirements:

  • High school cumulative GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0
  • ACT scores of 25 or higher
  • Combined SAT scores of 1200 or higher

Once accepted, Computer Science Scholar students must maintain a 3.5 cumulative average while in the program, and take an average of 39 credits per year, utilizing fall, spring, summer and/or online sessions to complete the program within the 4 years.