Kennesaw State University to offer Master of Science in Computer Science

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New degree helps meet growing demand for technology professionals KENNESAW, Ga.  (May 9, 2012…

Georgia (May 9, 2012)New degree helps meet growing demand for technology professionals

KENNESAW, Ga.  (May 9, 2012) — Kennesaw State University will begin this summer offering a Master of Science degree with a major in Computer Science. The program will focus on advanced topics in essential areas of computer science including mobile computing, game development and data mining. The new master’s degree was approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia at its May meeting.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics and the National Science Foundation, a shortage of science and engineering graduates, particularly in the computer science field indicates that over time the supply of professionals in the discipline will not meet the growing demands of Georgia’s employers.

“The addition of this degree to Kennesaw State’s growing portfolio of graduate offerings is in direct correlation with the university’s strategic mission to provide advanced-degree opportunities that are in high demand with employers and students,” said W. Ken Harmon, Kennesaw State’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “It also enhances and expands the university’s academic programming while meeting a defined need in the area of mobile technology.”

The 36-semester-hour program, housed in the College of Science and Mathematics’ Department of Computer Science, will be offered online and in a traditional classroom setting. The proposed curriculum covers advanced topics in essential areas of computer science and features research topics in mobile computing, game development, data warehousing and data mining.

The curriculum will combine computer science with other disciplines. The core requirements focus on wireless and mobile computing, advanced database systems, computing security, software design, modern computing systems, and data structures and advanced algorithms.

Kennesaw State’s request to change the names of its education doctorate degrees was also approved by the Board. Doctorates of Education will now be granted in the following majors: secondary education, middle grades education, early childhood education, special education, instructional technology and teacher leadership.

Previously, the doctorate degrees were granted under the Teacher Leadership for Learning designation with concentrations in the various majors. The move to establish existing concentrations in graduate teacher education programs as stand-alone degree programs complies with recent changes in the policy of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission regarding the eligibility of certain advance graduate degrees to qualify in-service educators for certificate-level upgrades.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of 24,100 from 130 countries.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit