Graduate Programs

Advising Coordinator: Dr. Jing Peng, Associate Professor

The Department of Computer Science offers a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science, and a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science with Concentrations in Applied Statistics, Applied Mathematics, or Informatics. The Department of Mathematical Sciences in conjunction with the Department of Computer Science offers the Master of Science Degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Computer Science.

The graduate program in computer science is designed for students interested in pursuing computer science theoretically as well as practically at an advanced level.Three concentrations within the M.S. in Computer Science allows for the study of complementary areas that are computer intensive. (Concentrations within the M.S. in Computer Science are discussed below.) The program is designed to emphasize the foundations and concepts of computer science as well as to introduce students to the new and developing areas of computer science. Concepts are developed rather than just routine programming skills. The program prepares students for professional work in the design and implementation of software systems, data base systems, operating systems, artificial intelligence, graphics, image processing, parallel processing, simulation, and algorithms for discrete and continuous structures that will aid in the solution of problems in science and business.The curriculum is designed to allow students to develop the skills needed to achieve leadership positions in business, industry, and government in computer science or related fields where computer science has become an important tool.The program is also designed to prepare teachers of computer science at the middle school, high school and two year college levels.

In addition to offering the M.S. in Computer Science, the Department of Computer Science also offers an M.S. in Computer Science with concentrations.These concentrations consist of taking courses in a specialized area complementary to computer science, or in a computer intensive area.The Department offers Concentrations in Applied Statistics, Applied Mathematics and Informatics.

The graduate program in computer science began in 1978.At present there are fourteen full time faculty members teaching computer science courses. The special interests of the faculty include algorithms, artificial intelligence, automata theory, chaos theory, complexity theory, data bases, data mining, data warehousing, expert systems, graphics, image processing, machine organization, architecture and hardware, design and management information systems, neural networks, operating systems, object-oriented programming, parallel processing, program verification, robotics, scientific computing, security, software engineering, and telecommunications.The department has the advantage of having professional computer scientists as both faculty and visiting specialists.The visiting specialists are drawn from the aerospace, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.This mix of faculty affords the students the opportunity to obtain an education in practical and theoretical aspects of computer science.

Master's Degrees