The Master of Science in Computer Science prepares students for a wide variety of careers in computing or related industries as well as for advanced study toward a Ph.D. Our program combines a solid and practical curriculum with high-quality research and project-based activities.
In addition to a general program covering the breadth of the computing discipline, the department offers three concentrations:
- The concentration in Software Engineering covers the design and development of large yet useable software systems in a world where software teams are distributed globally. Students electing the concentration in Computing and Business will complete all of the requirements for a full Computer Science Masters degree. In addition, they would complete a series of business courses (foundation MBA courses). Completion of this concentration would provide skills for graduates to assume management responsibilities in organizations that require managers who understand both the computing and business aspects of information technology. The grading method CR/NC is allowed only for CSC 895 or CSC 898. All other courses listed on the Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) form must be a letter grade.
All students are required to include elective credits in their program. Electives include all upper division or graduate courses offered by the Computer Science Department, including breadth requirement courses and CSC 897 and CSC 899. CSC 893 may not count as an elective course. Courses from other programs such as biology, engineering, business, or mathematics may be accepted with the approval of the graduate advisor and culminating experience supervisor.
Note: A maximum of 6 units of upper-division courses (numbered below 700) may be applied to the degree with the consent of the course instructor and graduate advisor.
Concentration in Software Engineering
This concentration emphasizes both the principles and best practices of software engineering with the blend of individual and practical team-oriented projects in distributed and global setting. Graduates with this concentration will have skills to:
- Perform R&D in computing field or continue to Ph. D. programs.
- Be successful software engineers in a global development environment.
- Manage or be tech leads in small and large software development teams including those operating in a global environment.
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