Degrees Offered

Master of Science


Information Assurance and Cyber Defense, Big Data and Data Analytics, COSMIC (career change opportunity)

Program Description

Computing is a broad-based family of disciplines that includes computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, information systems and information technology. By design, the computing program allows the student to pursue studies in any combination of these disciplines. Students may pursue the degree on a full-time or part-time basis. Many courses are offered in the evenings and online classes are available. Marquette undergraduate Computer Science majors considering a professional career can choose to combine the undergraduate course work with an additional year of study to receive a BS with a major in Computer Science and an MS in Computing in as little as five years.

This program strives to meed the educational needs of present and future computing professionals interested in starting a career or updating their skills. Careers are in areas such as business and systems analysis, software engineering, project management, enterprise architecture, business process modeling and management, IT security, database design and administration, network design and administration, technology management and service management.

As new addition to the program, the COSMIC project is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project*. The COSMIC project (change opportunity, start M.S. in computing) prepares individuals with non-computing undergraduate degrees to be successful in Marquette University's M.S. in Computing program, thus allowing them to cross over to work in the computing field. A number of scholarships are available to help academically talented, low-income students to participate in the COSMIC project.*

The integrated practicum plan of study provides a unique opportunity for professional development. Practical assignments in a working enterprise enhance the “learn from doing” opportunity beyond the typical assigned exercises, case studies, and student projects. Both domestic and international students are eligible for this option. Participation is subject to the availability of open positions and the qualifications of the student. Students must indicate a desire to participate in the integrated practicum on their application to the program. More information can be found in the Graduate School Bulletin.

Marquette’s Master of Science in Computing program has been ranked 20th nationally in U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 list of Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs. This is the first time the program has been ranked and only its second year of eligibility. U.S. News ranked the schools based on five general categories, including student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer reputation, and admissions selectivity.

Visit the Department Web Page for more detailed program information.

Application Requirements

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  • An essay outlining relevant work experience or education, career goals, possible areas of interest, and reasons for seeking admission to this program.
  • Three letters of reference from professors or professionals familiar with the applicant's abilities, academic work and/or professional background.
  • For students applying for merit-based financial aid: GRE scores (General Test only).
  • For international applicants who have not attended an English-speaking university only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

Application Deadline

Rolling admission; this means you may apply any time before August 1 for fall term admissions (June 1 for international applicants) and December 15 for spring term admissions (October 15 for international applicants). These are the dates by which your applications must be complete, meaning that all required documentation must be received in the Graduate School by these dates.

However, applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based financial aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships), please be aware of the merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School: Fall (August) Term: February 15, Spring (January) Term: November 15, Summer (May) Term: April 15.

Financial Aid

For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) please visit the departmental financial aid web page. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.

*To be eligible for one of the COSMIC scholarships, prospective students must be U.S. citizens, or eligible non-citizens, and demonstrate financial need by submitting a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to Marquette.