100% Online Master of Science in Computer Science

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

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Career Outlook

6 of the Top 10 “Best Jobs in America for 2022” are in Computer Science and Software Engineering Fields, including:

Java Developer

$107,099Avg Salary

Enterprise Architect

$144,997Avg Salary

Software Engineer

$116,638Avg Salary

Source: 50 Best Jobs in America for 2022, GlassDoor, 2022

Online M.S. in Computer Science, 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).

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. New students take the Mastery Skill Profiler to determine current level of programming and discrete mathematics skills. Students may skip the foundational course based on their results.

Student Support Resources

Students in School of Engineering and Computational Sciences benefit from a dedicated success team. Support includes:

  • Access to Coding Bootcamps & LinkedIn Learning courses

  • Personal student success coaching

  • 1:1 Tutoring

  • 1:1 mentorship from faculty & program staff

  • Career services support for professional growth

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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

“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

“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


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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  • The Princeton Review 2022 Best Northeastern Regional College
  • Forbes Magazine 2019 Top 10 Most Innovative School – Regional Universities North
  • Money Magazine’s Best Colleges Most Transformative College 2019
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