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Online M.S. in Applied Computing | OU Online





Accelerate your technology career

The fields of tech and software are ever-changing and rapidly growing. Businesses across many sectors –from government to healthcare – increasingly rely on professionals with advanced programming knowledge and skills to drive innovation and lead them into the future. 

The OU Online M.S. in Applied Computing is a 100% online program with hands-on training that can be completed in as little as one year. Led by expert faculty from OU's Gallogy College of Engineering, you'll receive intensive training in sophisticated programming languages, data structures, machine learning, cloud computing, and cutting-edge development tools tailored to today's tech landscape, preparing you to join the next generation of tech leaders.

Admission Deadline

Rolling admissions (applications due 14 days before the intended start date).

Program Start Terms

Fall, Spring

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Benefits of the Applied Computing Master'sDegree

Learn Career-Ready Skills

Gain the valuable skills and competencies that modern employers are looking for, allowing you to make an immediate impact upon graduation and set yourself apart from your peers.

Break Into Tech

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information research scientists is projected to grow 21 percent by 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. No matter your undergraduate background, OU’s online M.S. Applied Computing offers a way into tech. Carve out a new path for yourself and enter a high-demand field with the skills you need to stand out to employers.

Flexible Course Structure

Learn in a fully online environment, making it easy to balance work and other obligations. A combination of synchronous and asynchronous course content allows students to manage their schedules without sacrificing valuable face-to-face time with instructors and peers.


OU Online graduates find employment within six months after graduation*


OU Online graduates report earning an annual salary of $75,000 or more*


OU Online students say the skills they gained in their program made them more competitive in their career field*

*Source: OU Online Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2023

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Pursue Your 
Applied Computing
Master's Degree

Take the next step in your career with a degree from the University of Oklahoma. Applications are reviewed year-round for fall, spring, and summer sessions. Choose your program, choose your start, and apply today.

Program Breakdown

The OU Online M.S. in Applied Computing provides a tailored curriculum and instruction from industry experts, allowing students to immerse themselves in a broad range of relevant topics. Core courses build expertise in algorithms, software engineering, applied database system technologies, and more. Electives allow customization through focused study in security, cloud computing, machine learning, web development, and mobile development. Courses are asynchronous, with a synchronous live component offered every other week.

Core Courses (15 hours)

  •  ACS 5113 Programming Principles
  • ACS 5123 Mathematics for Computer Science
  • ACS 5213 Practical Data Structures and Algorithms
  • ACS 5223 Introduction to Software Engineering

Potential Electives (15 hours)

  •  ACS 5323 Applied Database System Technologies
  • ACS 5323 Data Security, Networks, and Network Security
  • ACS 5413 Mobile Devices Software Development
  • ACS 5423 Software Development for World Wide Web
  • ACS 5513 Machine Learning Practice
  • ACS 5523 Introduction to Cloud Computing

How to Apply

To apply for the Master of Science in Applied Computing program, students need to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and provide the following:

  • Complete the online graduate application:
  • Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Current professional resume that includes past education and work experience
  • Written personal statement on career goals, expectations for the program, and experience you will be bringing to the program
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for applicants whose first language is not English

The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before classes start. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks of submitting a completed application.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form below, and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

Graduate tuition waivers cannot be applied to OU Online programs. OU Online programs qualify for the OU Faculty/Staff Tuition Waiver & Fee Exemption, and we encourage you to check your eligibility.  

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If you have questions regarding financial aid for your online program, please get in touch with the Online Aid office by emailing or calling 405-325-2929.

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Same Academic

Like every OU Online program, the M.S. in Applied Computing is built on the foundation of world-class University of Oklahoma faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.   

An Investment in Your Future

Earning an M.S. in Applied Computing from OU Online gives you the skills to succeed in a growing and evolving field. It also gives you access to career support and an expanded professional network as part of the global OU alumni community. Stand out where the industry is moving while enjoying the potential for higher pay, career advancement, and new opportunities.

Tuition and fees for the program are $29,550 ($985 per credit hour). Books and additional materials are not included.

Once accepted into the program, students must submit a $350 nonrefundable deposit within two weeks. Deposits are applied toward tuition expenses and secure a student’s place in the upcoming class. There is no application fee for this degree.

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Our Online Programs

Every OU Online program is built on the foundation of world-class faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.

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When you graduate from an OU Online program, you’ll join the network of 250,000 OU alumni and be forever part of the OU family. Become part of the tradition of excellence that OU has established in its 130-year history.

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