Computer and Information Science, MS

Chairperson: Dennis Brylow, Ph.D.
Program Director: Niharika Jain, Ph.D.

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Degree Offered

Master of Science

Program Description

The master of science in computer and information science is a professional degree designed to provide a pathway into the computer and information science profession or enhance the knowledge and skills of current professionals. This degree prepares students for new careers or strengthened skills in cybersecurity, data analytics, business and systems analysis, software engineering, project management, enterprise architecture, business process modeling and management, database design and administration, technology management and service management.

The program covers topics from computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, information systems, information technology, cybersecurity and data science. By design, the computer and information science program allows the student to pursue studies in any combination of these disciplines. With full-time and part-time options, students may choose either on-campus or fully online delivery. The on-campus program includes flexibility for students with evening and blended options and features the identical curriculum and faculty as our online delivery format.

An accelerated degree program (ADP) is offered, allowing current undergraduate students to complete both their bachelor's and master's degrees in five years. ADP students take classes during their junior or senior years that meet requirements for both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. The program also offers a career change opportunity for students with any undergraduate background and no formal background in computer science. Two optional specializations prepare students for successful careers in areas with high demand, namely cybersecurity and artificial intelligence and analytics. 

Learning Outcomes

The program's learning outcomes reflect professional leadership competencies. Upon earning the master's degree in computer and information science, students will be able to:

  1. Appraise relationships among a variety of computer and information science practices and technologies to create integrated solutions to computer and information science problems,
  2. Communicate computer and information science problems and suggested solutions to other professionals and with business clients,
  3. Formulate and defend realistic and detailed designs for solutions of problems of enterprise scope, and
  4. Evaluate and apply common standards for technology and technology management.