All you need is a bachelor’s degree to get started, though you will need to complete leveling courses if your degree is not in computer science. You can also choose a Thesis Option designed for students preparing for additional graduate studies in computer science - or a Non-Thesis Option designed for students looking to start or advance their career in computer science fields.
Students selecting the Thesis Option can complete their thesis research in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data science or software engineering. Students in the Non-Thesis Option can complete the required CS 6399 course by conducting a semester-long project under faculty guidance. Either way, you gain valuable practical experience that will be an advantage when applying for a job or further graduate studies.
If you would like to add an internship to your degree plan, paid internship opportunities are available on campus in our ASU Regional Security Operations Center and Texas DIR Data Center, and off-campus internships are also available. On-campus students can work part time in our computer labs or IT Department - and we can also help our distance education (online) students set up internships in their home area.
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Whether you’re pursuing a master’s degree, doctoral degree or certificate/certification, you have access to all the services in our College of Graduate Studies and Research. You’ll find information and resources for everything from registering for classes and writing a thesis – to available graduate/teaching assistantships and graduate research opportunities.