Kennesaw State University offers new Master of Applied Computer Science degree

Kennesaw State University's status as an emerging leader in computer science and technology…

Georgia (Feb 8, 2002) — Kennesaw State University offers new Master of Applied Computer Science degree



Kennesaw State University's status as an emerging leader in computer science and technology education was solidified recently when a new master's degree to be offered in fall 2002 was approved by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

The Master of Science in Applied Computer Science supports Kennesaw State's commitment to Yamacraw − a state−sponsored initiative aimed at making Georgia a world leader in the design of broadband communication systems and devices‚ as well as embedded systems.

"Our graduates are prepared to make an impact with their employer immediately‚" said Larry Peterson‚ dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. "Ours is a very practical focus − to meet the needs of this job market here in Georgia and throughout the country."

That is certainly true of the new degree‚ which the Board of Regents fast−tracked to help meet the state's demand for technology workers.

The five−semester‚ 22−month program is designed for experienced professionals with at least two years' experience in information technology jobs who wish to increase the depth and breadth of their knowledge in high−demand areas of applied computing‚ including embedded and distributed systems‚ high−performance computing and software engineering. Administrators will coordinate their efforts with area employers‚ helping to identify candidates within their respective organizations who would benefit most from the new degree.

"Kennesaw State's niche in graduate programs is in the experienced professional arena‚" said CSIS Department Chair Merle King‚ citing examples such as the Executive MBA and the Master of Science in Conflict Management. "We've come in and taken what we know to be a successful model and adapted it to computer science. It not only complements what we do in the College of Science and Mathematics‚ but I think it reinforces the image of Kennesaw State University as the place where experienced professionals go for continuing education."

The new program‚ which is being directed by Ken Hoganson‚ will admit 25 students annually. A Unix certification is embedded within the program‚ meaning graduates will receive a master's degree in applied computer science‚ as well as a Unix certification unique to KSU.


Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 14‚100‚ offers more than 50 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.


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