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Master’s in Computer Science

Willamette’s Master’s in Computer Science program is designed to equip students in diverse fields for a career in the high-demand sector of computing. Our program in downtown Portland does not require that students have a Computer Science bachelor’s degree to enroll.

A computer science student at Willamette University using VR goggles.

About the Computer Science Masters Program

Computer Science is one of the most rapidly growing fields and the demand for skilled professionals is increasing exponentially.

Our Master’s of Science in Computer Science cultivates a forward-thinking mindset that results in graduates who are ready to take on modern challenges and who are prepared to evolve along with the systems themselves. You will become a well-rounded professional by gaining skills in a range of areas from software and systems to ethics and policy.

This program takes a holistic view of computing, considering not just functionality but the interaction between systems and humans. As technology continues to advance, you will also be challenged to consider questions of ethics that address present and future concerns.

By focusing on the development of practical and soft skills, this program is designed to give you options. You will be able to pivot into a career in software development, information security analysis, systems management, or app development, among others.

As technology evolves and computer systems become more present in our daily lives, our goal is to ensure that there continues to be an innovative, ethical human factor behind the screen.

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Featured Alumni

Gale Lucas

Gale Lucas

  • Dr. Gale Lucas ‘05 is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering and a senior research associate at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.
  • She holds a PhD from Northwestern University (2010), and completed her post-doc under Dr. Jon Gratch at ICT.
  • Her research areas are human-computer interaction, affective computing, and trust-in-automation, focusing on rapport, disclosure, trust, persuasion, and negotiation with virtual agents and social robots.
Jake Hall

Jake Hall

  • Jake Hall '01 is the current Co-founder and CTO of Alcove Technologies, Inc., a company specializing in procurement software for interior designers.
  • Had a substantial tenure at eBay, serving as the Head of Mobile Apps.
  • Noteworthy career experiences also include roles at prominent organizations like Nike and WebMD.
Anna Neshyba

Anna Neshyba

  • Anna Neshyba '18, a Willamette graduate with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Art History, currently serves as a Full Stack Software Engineer at Livongo.
  • Before joining Livongo, she showcased her skills as a Software Engineer at Carrier.
  • As a Willamette student, she served as a computer science tutor and worked for the Collegian.
Willamette University

Master's in Computer Science

Portland Center

200 Market Street
Portland Oregon 97201 U.S.A.