Jobs for computer scientists and database administrators with master's degrees are expected to grow 34.1 percent from 2008 to 2018 and jobs for network systems and data communications analysts are expected to grow more than 50 percent in the same period. Source:"Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011," Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Outstanding Preparation
The graduate major in Computer Science is an applications-focused program with a software engineering orientation. It is designed to prepare students for employment as software engineering professionals in a wide range of business, industrial and government settings. 

It includes the theoretical base necessary to provide flexibility for meeting future professional needs, as well as enabling students to pursue doctoral studies at another institution should they wish to do so. 

The program is designed for the practicing professional in the field. The principal themes are the design and development of software, systems programming, applications programming and the effective use of software resources. As new kinds of computers emerge, software based on the most modern theories and procedures will be needed. Economic pressures will require effective and efficient linking of hardware and software systems. Those who best understand the development and management of software resources will be in the strongest position to derive benefits from these changes.

Research
Faculty research interests range widely and include object-oriented programming, Windows programming, operating systems, artificial intelligence, information security, digital forensics, Internet programming and database systems. Research interests are reflected in the regularly scheduled courses and the special topics courses offered by the faculty.

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