M.S. in Computer Science

Prepare to be a leader in today's high-tech world.

The Master of Science in Computer Science prepares you for a successful career in one of the economy’s fastest-growing industries. Rivier's program combines theory with significant practical experience, giving our graduates an edge in meeting the demands of the high-tech workplace.

Our faculty members are professionals working in global corporations, computing research laboratories and technology industries; their research and work experience keeps them current with industry trends and emerging technologies. Classes are offered in face-to-face, online, and hybrid formats, using Learn Linc™ software for synchronized web browsing, application sharing, and more.

Courses are offered in 7-week or 14-week terms. There are a total of six 7-week terms per year (two terms in each of the fall, spring, and summer semesters). 14-week terms are offered once per semester in the fall, spring, and summer.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects between 8% and 37% growth in job opportunities from 2012 to 2022 for computer information and systems positions.

Degree concentrations

Four concentration areas within the degree program enable students to focus on their specific areas of interest. Concentration choices include: Information Technology, Software Development, Web and Database Development, or the Design Your Own Concentration track. (Information on these concentrations is available in the downloadable program sheet at right.)

Facilities and resources

Rivier partners with Dell and Microsoft to provide up-to-date technology in the Academic Computing Center laboratories and electronic classrooms. Students have access to a high-speed local area network and Windows, Linux, and Unix operating systems. Lab and classroom computers provide programming development environments for C++, Java, Perl, Scheme, and Prolog, among other languages. Students also have access to specialty software packages for computer graphics, architecture simulation, software engineering, networking technologies, and intelligent systems.

Department of Computer Science
Rivier's high-quality, hands-on bachelor's and master's programs prepare students for leadership roles in a global environment. For more information, visit the Department of Computer Science.


Rivier M.S. in Computer Science graduates can pursue leadership roles as:

  • Data and systems analysts
  • Software developers
  • Computer programmers
  • Info technology managers
  • Quality assurance professionals
  • Network administrators
  • Information systems designers

Rivier’s Career Development Center (CDC) provides professional advising, assistance with career and resume development, internship options, and job search information. For a complete list of CDC resources, .