Master of Science in Computer Science

Software Engineering Concentration

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Online M.S. in Computer Science, Software Engineering Concentration

No Comp-Sci Background? No Problem.

Learn the foundations of programming as well as the advanced skills needed to become an agile software engineer – NO prior computer science degree required.

If you have an aptitude for math and an interest in programming, Merrimack’s flexible bridge program could be a perfect fit. Merrimack’s industry-aligned program features:

  • 100% Online

  • Competitive Tuition Under $22,000

  • Complete in 16-18 Months, Part-Time

  • 8-Week Semesters

  • 6 Start Dates Per Year

  • No Prerequisites or Coding Experience

  • No GRE or GMAT Required

Career Outlook

6 of the Top 10 “Best Jobs in America for 2021” are in Computer Science and Software Engineering fields, including:

Java Developer
Mobile Engineer
Software Engineer

Massachusetts Average Salary Source: GlassDoor, 2021

Discover the Merrimack Difference

Software Engineering Concentration

Industry-Aligned Curriculum

Students develop industry-recognized skills and learn to write and deploy object-oriented software applications that are efficient, maintainable, and expandable across multiple languages (Java, Javascript, Python).

Core Curriculum (16 credits):
Foundations of Programming
Algorithms and Discrete Structures
Advanced Algorithms
Data Governance, Laws and Ethics
Master’s Capstone/Thesis

Software Engineering Concentration (16 credits):
Software Design and Documentation
Database Principles
Systems and Languages Survey
Advanced Programming Concepts

Bootcamp so you have the skills. Master’s Degree so you can have it all.

Learn the Foundational & Advanced Skills Top Companies Need

Merrimack’s thoughtfully-designed Master’s in Computer Science combines the efficiency of a Bootcamp coding program with the advanced skills and career opportunities from a full Master’s degree – all for tuition under $22,000. Unlike many Bootcamp programs, Merrimack’s Master’s in Computer Science is a fully- accredited graduate program.

Already know some basic coding?
For students who already have basic programming skills, more time is spent on advanced algorithms and the capstone project with their advisor. You’ll meet one-on-one with an advisor to determine which foundational courses are right for you and which you can skip. There is no testing to determine eligibility.

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What Our Students Are Saying:

“The M.S. in Computer Science program at Merrimack is providing me with a well-rounded set of theoretical computer science skills as well as practical software engineering skills, and it’s my hope that this will help me transition into a software engineering role.”
Computer Science Graduate, 2023

“If you’re considering a program in software engineering you should give Merrimack serious consideration. I felt supported and I think the coursework is preparing me for a good future and building on itself logically. I think this would be a good choice for someone looking to get into this field.”

Computer Science Graduate, 2023

“I like the flexibility first and foremost. It allows me to be a stay-at-home dad. It allows me to plan and work on work in times that are good for me, but I don’t lose any of the interaction. I think the flexibility is number 1. It’s been a flexible and wonderful option.”

Computer Science Graduate, 2023


At Merrimack College, we’re proud of our long history of providing quality degrees to students entering the job market. Our faculty are more than just teachers. We are committed to helping you grow — academically, personally, and professionally — so that you graduate as a confident, well-prepared leader.

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