College of Engineering, Computer Science & Construction Management

MS in Computer Science


The MS in Computer Science provides a strong graduate-level foundation in Computer Science with five required core classes, and provides opportunity to explore diverse areas of application through the selection of elective courses.


We offer a breadth of required classes in our MS Program, providing students with a foundation of key Computer Science topics that lead to success in the Computing Profession.  Our program is built on project-based applied learning using current software tools and techniques.

Goals & Objectives

The program objectives of the M.S. in Computer Science program at California State University, Chico are to produce graduates who:

  1. Cognitive - have the necessary skills and knowledge to independently conduct in-depth investigative work, with replicative and verifiable results, in selected sub-areas of computing/technology;
  2. Performance/skills - are conducting successful careers or pursuing further postgraduate studies while adapting to emerging markets and technologies; and
  3. Values/affective - understand the ethical and technical context of their professional obligations and lifelong contributions to the development of local, national, and global economies.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of theoretical foundations and formal methods in computer science.
  2. An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  3. An ability to analyze a problem, and then to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  4. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  5. An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities and how these relate to the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
  6. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.