Computer Science Program Objectives
The Computer Science program has been accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The program contains both practical applications and underlying foundations of the discipline.
Program educational objectives
- Graduates will exhibit knowledge and skills sufficient for continued intellectual growth in computing.
- Graduates will develop mentoring skills and assume project leadership roles in the computing field.
- Graduates will be able to adapt to technological advances and become technical experts in at least one area of computing.
- Graduates will gain an understanding of business and organizational concepts within the computing field.
- Graduates will understand the roles of regulations and guidelines in their area of industry.
Students will have:
- An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
- An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
- An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
- An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
- An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society
- Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
- An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice
- An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the trade-offs involved in design choices
- An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity
Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement
Students in this program will satisfy the Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement by successfully completing CS 4900: Software Systems Development I: Requirements and Design.
Students may be admitted for each of the following semester deadlines:
- April 1 for fall semester
- August 1 for spring
- January 15 for summer
Resume and Curriculum Vitae
A resume or CV is required. Please submit withing the online application system.
Before admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree, the student must pass a general qualifying examination in computer science. Students admitted with a master's degree must take one qualifying examination no later than the first time offered after completion of 15 credit hours, and must take a second examination no later than the first time offered after completion of 30 credit hours. All students must take all their qualifying examinations no later than the first time offered after completion of 45 credit hours. A student has one opportunity to repeat the qualifying examination.