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2020-2021 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Master of Science in Applied Computer Science

Requirements for the M.S. in Applied Computer Science

All candidates for the degree must complete a total of 33 credits, indicated as follows:

  • Foundation courses (6 credits)
  • Core courses (9 credits)
  • Concentration course (9 credits)
  • Electives (3 or 6 credits)
  • Capstone (3 or 6 credits)

Foundation Courses (6 credits)

All candidates are expected to complete the two foundation courses: CIS 500 and CIS 501. However, a placement exam can be taken to demonstrate proficiency in the topics covered by the foundation courses. A successful score on the placement exam will result in waiving the requirement of the foundation courses (33 credits are still required for the degree).

Core Courses

Students are required to complete one course in three of the following areas for a total of nine credits:

1. Data Engineering

2. Management of Systems Development

2. Software Engineering

3. Networking


All candidates are required to complete one of the following concentrations:

1. Biomedical Informatics

AND two of the following:

2. Cybersecurity

AND two of the following:

3. Database Management

AND two of the following:

4. Distributed Computing

5. Information Systems Management

6. Software Design and Development

AND elective (choose one):

7. Software Engineering

Choose three of the following:

8. Web and Mobile Computing

AND one of the following:

Additional Elective Courses

Any 500- or 600-level CIS course (other than foundations courses) can be used as an elective toward the M.S./CIS degree. Current electives include:


Each candidate must complete either the Capstone course, the project course, or the thesis sequence. Please contact the graduate program director one semester prior to starting any of these.

Applied Computer Science Program Description

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