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Graduate Program

The objective of the program leading to the Master of Science in Computer Science is designed to foster independent study and research. Graduates of the program may aspire to pursue a doctoral degree , teach computer science, or pursue careers in business, industy, and government.

Program Educational Objectives: The Educational Objectives of the Computer Science Program are to produce graduates who:

PEO 1: Successfully enter the competitive job market or pursue advanced study
PEO 2: Are proficient in identifying, formulating, and solving a wide range of computing problems; 
PEO 3: Are capable of working collaboratively, and communicating effectively with team members, constituents, and the public;
PEO 4: Uphold professional and ethical responsibilities, and contribute to society through active engagement. 


Student Learning Objectives: Graduates of the program will have an ability to: 

Outcome 1: Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions; [PEO 1, PEO 2]
Outcome 2: Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline; [PEO 1, PEO 3]
Outcome 3: Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts; [PEO 1, PEO 3]
Outcome 4: Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles; [PEO 1, PEO 4]
Outcome 5: Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline; [PEO 1, PEO 3]
Outcome 6: Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions; [PEO 1, PEO 2] 

The graduate program allows students to focus on detailed research and to refine software development and database management skills. We offer five areas of emphasis:

  • Operating Systems and Architecture
  • Computational Science
  • Programming Languages / Software Engineering
  • Digital Data Communications
  • Data Analytic and Data Mining

Students engaged in the concentration of Computational Science will have the opportunity to earn an MS degree in Computer Science and/or Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology.

In addition to fulfilling the department's educational mission, faculty engage in research and professional development that allows them to remain current in their fields and to provide technological leadership to the university, community and the region. The department makes a conscious effort to evaluate and incorporate new areas and technologies into its programs.