Computer and Information Science


The MSE Program in Computer and Information Science, ranked as one of the nation’s top programs, prepares students to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders, and visionaries in this rapidly-expanding field. Our multi-disciplinary program allows you to pursue your own career interests. The Master of Science in Engineering in Computer and Information Science (MSE) program offers scholars the opportunity for advanced study in the scientific foundations of the rapidly growing field of computer science.

CIS MSE students can pursue many areas within their curriculum – AI, robotics, databases, graphics, security, programming languages, software engineering, technology & finance, etc.

MSE students can also develop their own advanced study focus, and can arrange interdisciplinary programs in such areas as CIS and Telecommunications, CIS and Computational Linguistics, CIS and Biomedical Computation, etc. Graduate studies in the Department of Computer and Information Science offer the possibility for rewarding exploration and research. This is a uniquely exciting place to be.

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The MSE in Computer and Information Science is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. Applicants to the MSE program should have strong undergraduate training in mathematics and computer science.

Candidates who do not have an undergraduate major in computer science should consider applying to the Master of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT).

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