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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concentration, M.S.

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Computer science is a fast-moving field that continues to attract professionals who want expertise in computer. This program accommodates students from other fields that have computer science minds and programming skills. The Master of Science in Computer Science degree program is designed to accommodate students who want to have professional skills in a given concentration: software engineering, cybersecurity, IT leadership, and management information systems. Students with a bachelor’s degree or at least a minor in computer science will find a traditional M.S. in Computer Science. Students who wish to transition from math, science, or engineering into computer science may be fully enrolled in the program after taking recommended courses based on their background.

Full-time graduate students will take three graduate courses per semester and graduate in a year and half.  Students are admitted in any semester. Shippensburg University undergraduates may obtain an advanced degree through a 4+1 B.S./M.S. option. For 4+1 students, the two 500-level courses taken in the spring of their senior year will count as electives in their B.S. program and cannot be substituted for any course in their concentration and these courses cannot replace core courses in the B.S.

Admission Requirements

To gain admission to the Master of Science degree in computer science program, an applicant must satisfy the general admission requirements of the graduate school. Applicants whose overall quality point average is below 2.75 will be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) prior to admission. All international applicants who have not graduated from a four-year American university must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Additionally, all such applicants must achieve a score of 237 on the TOEFL (computer based).

Graduation Requirements

All students are required to take 30 credits consisting of:

Core Courses

The 6 required core courses must be taken with any of the following options:

Cybersecurity Concentration

The cybersecurity concentration is made possible through a collaborative agreement between California University of PA and Shippensburg University. This concentration consists of four courses, three of which are taught online through California’s professional science master’s cybersecurity program.

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