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ITESO -  Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara Master's Degree in Computer Systems
ITESO - Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara

Master's Degree in Computer Systems

Tlaquepaque, Mexico

26 Months


Full time, Part time

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The industrial and service sectors, as well as the areas of software development and information technologies, are looking for specialized professionals to spur the development of high-performance systems, with an emphasis on business intelligence tools. The program listed on the National Registry of Quality Graduate Programs of the National Science and Technology Council (CONACYT, in its initials in Spanish), accredited as in developing Program, in the Modality of Graduate Programs with ties to the Industry.

This degree program is aimed at

  • Graduates of engineering programs in Computer Systems, Computer Science, Information Technologies, Computer Networks or related areas, with competencies in programming computer systems in general.
  • Professionals in the field who have developed computer systems and who wish to go deeper into methodologies for developing such systems specifically for the industry.
  • Professors from different educational institutions focus on computer systems as their object of study.

Why study at ITESO?

  • A comprehensive educational program that looks for a balance between theory and practical applications to solve problems.
  • Faculty made up of researchers and academics belonging to the National System of Researchers (SNI, in its initials in Spanish), specialized in the areas of high-performance systems, artificial intelligence, statistical analysis, big data, and parallel and distributed platforms.
  • Focus on skill development and good practices of efficient, modular, robust, reliable, and low-maintenance programming.
  • Links with the ITESO's Innovation and Technology Management Program (Proginnt, in its initials in Spanish), through ITESO's Business Intelligence Unit, a tech-centered business incubator and accelerator that offers its services to the university community.
  • An educational program that promotes professional practice in collaboration with tech-based companies: from the beginning of the master's degree program students take part in projects that look for solutions to actual problems in the industry.
  • Professional networking with state agencies and private companies, such as the State Government, Nokia, HP, IBM, Oracle, Dell, CONACYT, among others.

ITESO offers a variety of specializations, master's degrees and PhDs that will help you be a better professional and interact with outstanding members of the academy, civil organizations, the government, and the private sector. We have more researchers listed on the National System of Researchers than any other private university in western Mexico, and many of our graduate programs are recognized by the National Registry of Quality Graduate Programs.

ITESO graduate programs give you access to networks of knowledge in which researchers, experts and students work together on academic, professional, social, cultural and economic projects. By studying at ITESO, you will get a closer look to the work of renowned academics who put human values at the center of their work; they are interested in making relevant contributions to knowledge and offering viable solutions to specific problems. For these reasons, ITESO is recognized as the most important private university in western Mexico.

Our professors are experts in their fields; they lead projects in collaboration with other academics, from both ITESO and other universities; they actively participate in collaboration and research projects, and are committed to the values and foundations of our educational project.

In addition, our university belongs to the Jesuit University System, a group of universities that has the most programs listed on the National Registry of Quality Graduate Programs (PNPC, in its initials in Spanish) of the National Science and Technology Council (CONACYT, in its initials in Spanish) in the private education sector.

Graduate profile

Graduates of this program will develop the following knowledge:

  • Mastery of asymptotic notation to determine a time and space classification of the algorithms used in a solution.
  • Knowledge of a set of extensively reviewed algorithms for solving fundamental problems in informatics and engineering.
  • Technical and methodological knowledge for analyzing and designing efficient algorithms for solving specific problems, with an understanding of the impact of complexity in time and space.
  • Knowledge of the paradigms of parallel and distributed programming and their use in designing and implementing high-performance systems for general applications.
  • Knowledge of the design of search algorithms, as well as different types of big-data analysis for obtaining relevant information to support other systems such as decision-making, or for offering services.
  • Knowledge for proposing and developing centralized, distributed, or parallel solutions, by applying web or mobile services either for providing support in information management or for applications in general.

Graduates of this degree program will develop the following skills:

  • Ability to understand mathematical notation in computer theory; to conceptualize high-performance systems using formal tools; and to analyze, design, simulate and implement these systems on the basis of formal models.
  • Reflective skills and a critical capability for conceiving, directing, and developing technological projects in the academic or professional field.
  • Capacity and leadership for moving successfully into professional practice by directing or joining a development team.

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Educational model

ITESO's graduate programs reflect the institution's particular approach to the advanced production of knowledge and learning. It is an ideal scenario for the articulation of different areas of expertise and perspectives that address the social and technological needs of our society and strengthen the different professions. It is an ongoing effort by students, professors, and numerous actors and institutions to maintain an academic conversation that questions the reductionism of certain technical-scientific perspectives.

ITESO graduate programs center their learning process around students as the main actors. With their personal autonomy and dignity as their starting point, students take on the double role of agents and beneficiaries of educational work, complemented by their interaction with peers and the program faculty.

ITESO's graduate programs are progressively consistent with social needs and institutional orientations, in an effort to address the specific challenges of local/global development with an aim to promoting social responsibility and cohesion, as well as a commitment to the most dispossessed sectors of society. The program and its graduates are expected to have an impact on our social, scientific, and academic contexts.

Our graduate programs achieve excellence in forming students by developing specific and cross-disciplinary competencies, supported by complex and critical thinking, reflexive practices, debate, the manifestation of knowledge, and life-long accumulated social and professional experience, as well as the construction of solidarity.

The fields of academic production- primarily our institutional programs in research and intervention- are built on organized practices within internal networks of basic academic units, departments, or centers. They also operate in external or inter-institutional networks that ITESO has built over the years, allowing students and professors to collaborate and optimize the resources of contextual and applied knowledge.

Our graduate programs produce innovative, creative, and critical knowledge. In this sense, innovation is conceived as the implementation of new alternatives for solving existing problems. The applications of such knowledge serve to recognize and solve socio-economic, scientific, technological, and cultural dynamics and demands and are disseminated through publications, prototype development, systems, patents, social applications, and interventions, among others.

Study plan

The graduate program has a flexible curricular structure that allows students to enroll in courses that address their concerns and meet their educational needs within a framework that focuses on attaining objectives, developing the final project, and meeting the program's graduate profile.

The Study plan is divided into three curricular areas: Fundamentals; Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI); and Electives.


The courses in this area define the academic field and the program's identity and relationship to the Lines of Generation and Application of Knowledge (LGAC's, in their initials in Spanish).

Research, development, and innovation (RDI)

This area is closely related to the Advisory Support System. Its purpose is to accompany students in their process of defining, developing, writing, and presenting their final projects. Students will receive group and personal advisory sessions called RDI courses.


The purpose of this area is to give students the chance to dialogue with other fields of knowledge outside of their own discipline, in order to generate knowledge and solve problems related to their project and object of study. This area draws on courses from all ITESO graduate programs and from other universities that have a collaboration agreement with ITESO.

Advisory support system

The advisory support system seeks to encourage connections between students' research, innovation, and development interests, and the Lines of Generation and Application of Knowledge of each particular graduate program, as well as links to the rest of the graduate programs.

The advisory support system is based on a person-oriented approach and gives preference to collective production scenarios. It consists of interaction between students and advisors that are intended to provoke dissonance through constructive criticism, as a way to encourage reflection and the collective construction of knowledge.

The support system articulates different educational dimensions (individual, social, and historical) in each one of the program's curricular periods. Advisory sessions can also be taken in pairs or individually.

Basic Area

  • Algorithm analysis and design
  • Advanced mathematics for computer science

Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI) Area

In these seminars, you receive both group and personalized orientation to develop your degree project.

  • RDI I
  • RDI II
  • RDI IV

Elective Area

You must obtain at least 48 credits, and you may choose, with your tutor's orientation, six courses from the graduate course list at ITESO or other universities with which ITESO has a consortium agreement.

Some of these courses are:

  • Distributed systems
  • Parallel systems
  • Big data management and analysis
  • Cloud applications and services
  • Programming for mobile applications
  • Advanced databases
  • Advanced operating systems

Recognition of Official Validity of Studies by the Ministry of Public Education as set forth in ministerial agreement No. 15018, published in the Official Journal of the Federation on November 29, 1976. Classroom modality.

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