2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Applied Computer Science M.S.

CIP: 110501

The Master of Science in Applied Computer Science offers students with a strong undergraduate background in a technical computing discipline an opportunity to increase their technical expertise and to complement that expertise with fundamental business concepts related specifically to information technology. By increasing students’ knowledge in high-demand areas, such as network security, web services and applications, human-computer interaction, software development and database systems, graduates of this program will be well-prepared to succeed in a very competitive job market. A two-term, six-credit hour Master’s Project will give students an opportunity to apply their knowledge. Graduates of this program will:

  1. Have a high degree of competence in areas of high-demand and emerging technologies.
  2. Have good project management skills and will understand fundamental business concepts, as related specifically to information technology.
  3. Have experience in design and implementation of a large project.
  4. Know how to work in teams.
  5. Have good written, communication, and presentation skills.

Full-time students with no deficiencies can expect to complete this program in two academic years. Students who attend during the summer session may be able to reduce the amount of time required to 16 months.

Program Admission Requirements

Candidates for the M.S. in Applied Computer Science should meet the following requirements:

  1. Compliance with all of the eligibility requirements of the Graduate School.
  2. Acceptance to graduate study by the Dean of the Graduate School.
  3. Completion of a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants are expected to have a major or minor in a technical computing discipline, including coursework in:
  • data structures
  • computer networks
  • database systems
  • discrete mathematics
  • statistics

With the exception of data structures, applicants who do not satisfy these requirements may take undergraduate level courses to remove any deficiencies. A student who has not completed a course in data structures cannot be admitted to the program.

  4.   Minimum total GRE score of 290.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be admitted by considering the full academic profile and/or the professional experience.

The Computer Science and Information Systems area reserves the right of final decision in accepting students to graduate degree candidacy in the department. Criteria for admittance to the program and acceptance to degree candidacy may include academic qualifications and performance, number of applicants and available resources.


A member of the graduate faculty of the Computer Science and Information Systems area will serve as the major advisor.  The major advisor will assist students in approving and submitting the Degree Audit to the Graduate Office.  When updates are complete, the student will be notified to review and agree to the Degree Audit.  The major advisor must approve any additional changes to the student's Degree Audit by notifying the Graduate Office.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination will be scheduled, administered and evaluated by members of the graduate faculty in the Computer Science and Information Systems area.

Requirements–M.S. in Applied Computer Science

Thirty-three hours of graduate credit are required for completion of the M.S. in Applied Computer Science, with at least 16 hours at the 600-level.

Required Courses

CSIS 44542Object-Oriented Programming


CSIS 44555Network Security


CSIS 44560Advanced Topics in Database Systems


CSIS 44563Developing Web Applications and Services


CSIS 44618Project Management in Business and Technology


CSIS 44623Information Technology Management


CSIS 44664Human Computer Interaction


CSIS 44691CS Graduate Directed Project I


CSIS 44692CS Graduate Directed Project II



CSIS 44643Mobile Computing-iOS



CSIS 44644Mobile Computing-Android



Advisor approved electives


Total Credit Hours: 33