Degrees Offered

Master of Science


Information Assurance and Cyber Defense, Big Data and Data Analytics

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 select courses from a large number of approved courses offered by various departments across campus. 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.

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.

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 five years. This program provides the opportunity to extend technical knowledge though the acquisition of 24 additional credits in course related to computer science, information technology, computer engineering, and informations systems, which are the five disciplines that constitute the study of computing.

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.