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Northwest Missouri State University


M.S. in Applied Computer Science

The Master of Science in Applied Computer Science offers students with 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, software development on multiple platforms, human-computer interaction, mobile computing, and data warehousing, graduates of this program will be well-prepared to succeed in a very competitive job market. A year-long, six-credit hour Master's Project will give students an opportunity to apply their knowledge. Graduates of this program will:

  • have a high degree of competence in areas of high-demand and emerging technologies
  • have good project management skills and will understand fundamental business concepts, as related specifically to information technology
  • have experience in design and implementation of a large project
  • know how to work in teams
  • have good written communication and presentation skills

Full-time students with no deficiencies can expect to complete this program in two academic years.

Departmental 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 as set forth in this catalog.
  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 an undergraduate major or minor in a technical computing discipline, including coursework in
    • data structures
    • computer networks
    • database systems
    • discrete mathematics
    • statistics
    Applicants who do not satisfy these requirements may take undergraduate level courses to remove any deficiencies except for Data Structures. The applicant must satisfy the requirement for Data Structures to be admited.
  4. Minimum GRE and TOEFL scores as described here.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be admitted provisionally.

The Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems 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, letters of recommendation, number of applicants, and available resources.

Advisement

A member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems will serve as the major advisor. The signature of the major advisor will be required on the Approved Program Form. The advisor must approve any changes to the student's Approved Program.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination will be scheduled, administered, and evaluated by members of the graduate faculty in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems. The degree candidate must pass all portions of the examination.

Degree Requirements

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.

Course No.

Course Name

Hours

44-542 Object Oriented Programming 3
44-555 Network Security 3
44-560 Advanced Topics in Database Systems 3
44-563 Developing Web Applications and Services 3
44-618 Project Management in Business and Technology 3
44-623 Information Technology Management 3
44-663 Application Development in C#.NET 3
44-664 Human Computer Interaction 3
44-696 Directed Graduate Project 6
Advisor Approved Elective 3
Total Credit Hours 33

For more information about this program, contact

Dr. Merry McDonald
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468
Phone: 660.562.1600
Email: merry@nwmissouri.edu