PSM - MS in Computer Science, Applied Information Technology Concentration (CPAI)

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The Professional Science Master's (PSM) is an innovative graduate degree providing advanced training in information technology, while simultaneously developing communications and other workplace skills highly valued by employers. Information technology is the study, design, development, implementation, testing and support of applications of computing and communication technologies for, and other organizations to solve the major challenges in today's business, industry or government work environments. PSM students will deepen and enhance their skills in a full range of areas of information technology.

Customize Your Degree

Students with requisite IT backgrounds take five core courses and have the flexibility to choose from a menu of graduate-level elective courses as they complete the applied information technology program. The curriculum is designed to train students in the most current information technology needs and practices. Students also gain work experience with information technology companies through an internship program.

Advance Your Career

Students who hold bachelor's degrees in other areas but are want to gain credentials in information technology, those seeking additional coursework for professional growth and career advancement, and students who want to enter the fast-paced world of information technology are all encouraged to enroll.

Learn from Leaders

Build your IT expertise as you learn from accomplished faculty who bring both strong academic reputations to the classroom. Course content and schedules are geared to working professionals. Courses are offered year round online and in the daytime, evenings and on weekends at MSU’s suburban Montclair campus.


  • In 2011, the Council of Graduate Schools surveyed PSM alumni nationally and of the 223 respondents who graduated that year, 82% were employed in full time positions, 20% with a salary over $90,000 a year, with median salaries around $65,000 a year.
  • Companies who have hired previously from MSU as well as professionals in the Computing and IT field participated in helping MSU craft the Applied Information Technology Program.
  • The MSCS in Applied Information Technology offers opportunities to take Project Management courses from the IT perspective as well as courses in Intellectual Property, Cyberlaw and Business Communications, creating a well-rounded degree program for those interested in IT industry management positions.
  • Resource: Science Careers, Science Magazine, an article about the value of a PSM degree 


Dr. Jing Peng, Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Computer Science
Montclair State University

Program Requirements