Master of Applied Computer Science
The Master of Applied Computer Science (MACS) program is designed to further students' understanding of the computing technologies shaping our world today and to prepare students for sustaining a life-long contribution to a technology-related career. The MACS program provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of important areas in the computing field.
This program may be completed in four semesters by completing 9 credit hours each semester, or in three semesters by completing 12 credit hours each semester.
Below are the requirements for the MACS program:
- A completed Graduate Student application (no application fee).
- Personal statement. In approximately 300 words, please address (1) your personal career goals, (2) how you developed an interest in computer technology and the Internet, (3) your computer background and proficiency, (4) how this program fits into your goals, (5) what skills and experience you bring to the program, and (6) what are your needs and expectations of the master of applied computer science program?
- Official transcript(s) from any/all institutions from which a bachelor's or master's degree(s) was/were received, and from any/all institution(s) at which graduate level coursework was completed. For such institutions located outside of the U.S., an official course-by-course transcript evaluation from ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators), WES (World Education Services), or Educational Perspectives is required instead of the actual transcript(s).
- Two completed recommendation forms. Recommendations must come from individuals (supervisors, professors, coworkers, etc.) with whom you have an academic and/or professional relationship and can attest to your academic competence and/or professional skills and character. Applicants who are graduates of Saint Xavier University need not submit recommendations, unless specifically asked to do so after submitting the application.
- Applicants who have not worked in the information systems field and/or do not have a computer based undergraduate degree may need additional coursework. If you are admitted into the program, an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences will review your resume and transcripts for such purpose.
International students have additional application/admission requirements. See Supplementary Admission Criteria for International Students.
Dual Master's Degrees
In conjunction with a Master of Applied Computer Science (MACS) degree, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree may be completed by taking an additional 24 graduate credit hours from the Graham School of Management, which can be completed in one additional year. See Dual Master's Degrees for more details.