Computer Science Adds New Course-only Master's Degree Program-Faculty & Staff News - Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Computer Science Adds New Course-only Master's Degree Program

Carnegie Mellon's Computer Science Department has approved a new master of science degree for students who seek advanced coursework in computer science, which will begin in fall 2012.

The program is appropriate for anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of computer science to build on their educational background and work experience, and to enhance their professional and career development. Applicants are not required to have an undergraduate degree in computer science.

"Increasingly, top industry recruiters are looking for Carnegie Mellon graduates who have taken specific computer science courses, or even taken courses from particular professors on our faculty," said Jeannette Wing, head of the Computer Science Department.

The application deadline is Dec. 15.

The course-based master's degree program does not include a research component and does not have highly specific curriculum requirements. This gives students, in close consultation with faculty advisers, the flexibility to develop their own course of study, said Karl Crary, associate professor of computer science and director of the new master's degree program.