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Graduate - Computer Science

The Graduate GSSP in Computer Science is a two-semester program designed for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree, but need additional academic and/or English support to gain entry to a master’s degree program. No GRE is needed to apply.

Upon successful completion of the program and all additional requirements, students will earn up to 12 credits and directly enter their master’s degree program in computer science at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Master of Science in computer science emphasizes continuing self-development of individuals currently engaged in science, technology and engineering-related fields and prepares those who have completed undergraduate majors in these fields for entry into a career in computing technology.

Virginia Commonwealth University’s College of Engineering is an innovation front-runner in academics and research, and its programs emphasize creativity, entrepreneurship, business skills, communication, teamwork and research. The College of Engineering supports students in the pursuit of discovering new ways to tackle the problems of the world today. Through internship and co-op opportunities students will be involved in real projects and gain experience in the workforce before graduation.

Pathways at Virginia Commonwealth University

Bachelor's Degree


Master's Degree


Program benefits:

  • VCU student from day one
  • No GRE required for admission
  • Receive academic credits toward your VCU degree
  • Small class sizes and additional student support provided

Progression requirements

  • Overall GPA of 3.0
  • No grade below B

Entry to master's degree program at VCU

College of Engineering

  • Computer Science, M.S.

VCU students have been employed by:

  • Amazon
  • BAE Systems
  • CoStar
  • Dell
  • GE
  • Honeywell
  • Intel Corp
  • Uber
  • WestRock

Career opportunities

The field of computer science has experienced phenomenal growth over the past several decades and employment opportunities remain excellent. Computer scientists work in practically every aspect of the modern world — in business and manufacturing, aerospace and avionics, cryptography and telecommunications, bioinformatics and medical informatics, education, entertainment, data mining, cloud computing, and cyber security.

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