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Master of Science in Applied Computing

The Master of Science in Applied Computing program is an interdisciplinary graduate program that offers five options:

  • Software Engineering and Computer Security: Builds a solid foundation incomputer security, networks, databases and software project management, and provides the experience and ability to use current techniques and tools necessary for computing practice.
  • Business Computing: Provides the knowledge in financial products, business operations and accounting systems, and develops the ability to apply the skills in business applications of computing.
  • Statistical Computing: Develops the expertise in both statistics and software development, and prepares you for becoming productive professionals in the statistical data analysis field.
  • Bioinformatics: Develops the knowledge in the fundamental molecular biology, and provides the experience and skills to apply statistical and computational techniques in molecular biology applications.
  • Industrial Computing: Builds the ability to apply the computing principles and develop software solutions to efficient industry project management and decision-making.

Our M.S. program is currently the only evening program in applied computing in this region and is tailored to serve both computing professionals working in business/industry sites who seek an advanced degree to improve their job skill, and the computer teachers/lab managers in the secondary schools, community colleges and technical schools.

We offer our courses from 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm Monday through Thursday in order to provide an educational opportunity for students who are unable to attend daytime classes.

The Master of Science in Applied Computing degree program consists of a minimum of 30 graduate hours which includes:

  • core requirements, which all the program candidates must take, consisting of 12 credit hours of Computer Science courses;
  • option requirements (must choose one of the specialization options listed above) which requires 12 to18 credit hours of classes specifically designed to support each of our five options;
  • six hours of elective courses which can be selected from any of the courses not required in the core or the chosen option.

For a complete look at our program requirements, please see our University catalog.

The academic record and work experience of each applicant will be evaluated to determine whether additional prerequisite course work is required. Students may transfer credits for courses taken at another institution. Courses requested to be transferred will be reviewed by the departmental graduate committee for approval following the University guidelines for graduate credit transfer.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mengkun Yang, the Advisor/Coordinator of Computer Science Graduate Program at or at 859-622-2398.

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