Graduate Education

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers high quality graduate education. Graduate study is offered  leading to the degrees of Master of Science in Computer Science, Master of Science in Cyber Security and Operations, and Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science. Several teaching and research assistantships are available.

Benefits of a graduate degree from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering include:

  • The curriculum is flexible to match your interests.
  • Research is pursued in some traditional areas of computer science, cross-specialty areas, and interdisciplinary projects.
  • Graduates are hired by quality employers.
  • A growing job market.

Undergraduate students in our programs may qualify for an accelerated Master's program during their study.

Degree Programs

M.S. in Computer Science

Ph.D. in Computer Science

The program of study of a Master of Science in Computer Science (MS CS) degree includes advanced courses in computer science that are selected according to the goals of the student.  The program of study includes a thesis option, a professional project option, or courses-only option. The program of study of a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Computer Science degree includes advanced courses in computer science and significant scholarly research in computer science, presented in a dissertation.

The department’s core research areas include the following.

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computational science
  • Graphics
  • Human-centered computing
  • Software engineering
  • Systems

These core competencies support research applications in areas such as bioinformatics, visualization, computer security and forensics, human-computer interactions, robotics, and high performance computing.  Faculty, research assistants, thesis students, and dissertation students participate in a wide variety of research projects.  Many research projects are multi-disciplinary or multi-specialty in nature.

M.S. in Cyber Security and Operations

The Master of Science in Cyber Security and Operations (MS CYSO) is designed for students who wish to help met the challenges posed by increasing cyber-threats. The Cyber Defense concentration will focus on those aspects of cyber security needed to prepare an enterprise level system to protect itself, while the Cyber Operations concentration will focus on those aspects of cyber security that are needed to operate in the cyber domain. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the program is designed to provide students with a focused education within a broad analytical framework for evaluating, understanding, and solving cyber security problems. Either concentration will allow a thesis or non-thesis option.

Other Graduate Programs

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering participates in the graduate programs administered in other departments.

For more information:
Dr. T.J. Jankun-Kelly
Graduate Coordinator
319 Butler Hall
662.325.7504
tjk@cse.msstate.edu