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Graduate Pathway in Computer Science with Non-CS Background

INTO Illinois State University, United States


Next enrollment cycle

January 2023

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Total Course Fee

USD 27,600

Course Accredited By


  • 1 Years
  • On Campus
  • Postgraduate
  • Pathway Programme
Graduate Pathway program offering the academic foundation, essential language skills and GMAT/GRE test preparation to successfully move on to master’s degrees.
An INTO Illinois State University Graduate Pathway program in Computer Science with non-CS background will prepare the student to enter their next semester of a master’s degree program at Illinois State University.
  • Degree emphasizes foundational knowledge in computer science and programmatic application of fundamental concepts in leading-edge applications
  • Non-background option allows students with no experience in computer sciences to receive a Master’s degree in as little as three years
  • Graduate Pathway option does not require GRE/GMAT examination for entry or progression to degree
  • Students in the MSCS program have the opportunity to participate in prominent research in the IT industry with our dedicated IT faculty

Key information

  • A Pathway program provides academic, language and cultural support in order to succeed at a US university.
  • Students will benefit from fully integrated classes with both domestic and other international students on campus while learning from highly trained university instructors and tutors.


  • Start dates January August
  • Program length 1 Semester


  • Start dates January August
  • Program length 2 Semesters

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2023
  • August 2023

Age requirement

  • 17

Academic requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent with 2.5 GPA out of 4.0.

English language entry requirements

  • 2 Semesters: TOEFL 65, IELTS 5.5, PTEA 44, IELA 169, Password 6, Completion of Academic English Level 4, or Duolingo 95.

Age requirement

  • 17

Academic requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent with 2.5 GPA out of 4.0. Background in Java required.

English language entry requirements

  • 1 Semester: TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5, PTEA 53, IELA 176, Password 7, or Duolingo 105.
  • 33 credit hour program up to 20 pre-requisite credits
  • 0 credit hours apply towards degree, 14 credits towards pre-requisites
  • 33 credit hours up to 6 prerequisite credits remaining toward degree

Semester 1

  • IDS 403 Writing for Academic Purposes 3 Credits
  • IDS 405 Reading for Academic Purposes 3 Credits
  • IT 168 Structured Problem Solving Using the Computer 3 Credits
  • IT 225 Computer Organization 3 Credits
  • Total 12 Credits

Semester 2

  • IDS 401 Advanced Writing for Graduate Students 3 Credits
  • IT 179 Introduction to Data Structures 3 Credits
  • IT 180 C Programming 1 Credits
  • IT 378 Database Processing 3 Credits
  • Total 10 Credits

Notes * These courses are generally delivered through the INTO Center and are for Pathway students only.

  • This is an example schedule based on a student who needs to take all 7 possible pre-requisite foundation courses. Students with previous coursework in computer sciences may not have to take all prerequisite courses. Students also may take placement tests during orientation and place out of some of these courses. Class schedules will be built based on each student's course background. Students who need all 7 prerequisite courses may need to take 2-3 additional courses after progression to the degree. Once all
    prerequisites are completed, there are 33 credits in the computer science master's degree.

Prerequisite Foundation

  • Courses - Structured Problem-
  • Solving - Introduction to Data
  • Structures - C Programming -
  • Computer Organization -
  • Algorithms & Data Structures -
  • Principles of Operating Systems -
  • Database Processing

NOTE: students who do not have a

  • Background in Java will only be
  • Admissible to the 2-semester
  • Pathway program.
  • Accelerated
  • Tuition Fees: 1 Semester $15890 
  • Standard
  • Tuition Fees: 2 Semesters $27600

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