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Computer Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #801 (QS) , VA,
The BS in Computer Science offered at George Mason University provides students with essential background for studying the design and implementation of computer systems software, computer architecture, and computer software applications for science and business. 


The Computer Science program offered by George Mason University emphasizes both computer systems fundamentals and computer software applications. Required areas of study include data structures, analysis of algorithms, low-level programming, computer architecture and language translation, ethics and law for the computing professional, and software design and development. Evolving software technologies are a major concern.

Senior-level elective courses are offered in a wide variety of computing fields: artificial intelligence, cyber-security, concurrent and distributed systems, databases, data mining, robotics, computer vision, computer networks, operating systems, programming languages, mobile application development and software engineering. Students also have the opportunity to take a capstone course that enables them to work on challenging projects that involve multiple domains of computing.

Degree Requirements

For the BS CS degree, students must complete 120 credits, including the Mason Core requirements. In addition to core and elective computer science courses, the BS in Computer Science program also requires 12 credits of natural science and 20 credits in mathematics and statistics, including calculus, discrete mathematics, linear algebra, and applied probability theory. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Essentials of Computer Science 
  • Introduction to Computer Programming 
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Introduction to Low-Level Programming
  • Synthesis of Ethics and Law for the Computing Professional 
  • Data Structures
  • Software Engineering
  • Formal Methods and Models
  • Computer Systems and Programming
  • Operating System

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                  Academic Requirements

                  General Requirements

                  • Completed online application and application fee
                  • Certified official, original transcripts from all secondary schools as well as official results from any leaving certificates or university entrance exams taken.
                  • Official scores from SAT or ACT. International students may be considered for admission with no SAT or ACT test score via the score optional admission program.
                  • Verification of English language proficiency. 
                  • Secondary School Report and counselor recommendations. We suggest sending two (2) letters of recommendation, one from a high school counselor and one from a teacher.
                  • Essay or personal statement on a topic of your choice.

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                  Tuition Fee

                  • International

                    35922 USD/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 35922 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
                  • National

                    12462 USD/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 12462 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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                  • 1330 - 2300 USD/month
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