Master in Computer Science Program

New Tracks NOW OFFERED IN:

Software Development and Network & Information SECURITY

The Computer Science Department at Southern Connecticut State University is now offering a Masters of Science in Computer Science with a new core and the option of two new concentrations in either Software Development or Network and Information Security. The program is intended for computer professionals and for those who wish to move into the computer field from other areas of study.

PROGRAM PREREQUISITES

It is expected that all graduate candidates have the programming knowledge and skills in a high level programming language through the topic of data structures.  For those lacking this prerequisite, a 4-credit accelerated programming course (CSC 505: Computer Programming & Data Structures) is offered by the department on a regular basis.

The Program

The computer science program is committed to a "breadth and depth" approach - requiring students to study beyond their chosen areas of specialization. The 36-credit degree includes the following 4 core requirements (12 credits) that all students must take:

These courses provide the foundation for advanced studies in each of the concentrations and for the capstone experience:

The Concentrations

Network & Information Security

 This cybersecurity concentration will prepare students with a solid foundation of information assurance along with the skills to install security software, monitor networks for security breaches, respond to cyber attacks, and gather data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cyber crime.

The following courses are required for this concentration (18 credits)

Software Development

 The concentration in software development focuses on software engineering techniques, advanced database systems, mobile software development along with an emphasis on strategies, methods and techniques to measure and improve software quality.

The following courses are required for this concentration (18 credits)

The CAPSTONE

The capstone requirement is a 6-credit thesis experience in which students show their ability to perform independent research at the graduate level.