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About the MCIS

Department of Computer Science, Engineering & Mathematics

Admissions & Requirements
Curriculum

Master of Computer and Information Science (MCIS)*

The need for IT1 and Cyber professionals2 is expected to continue to grow much faster than average well past 2030. Drawing not just undergraduate traditional computer science programs, this program will create an additional pipeline of students coming from other technical science paths by bridging them to cyber and IT workforce professionals. This program will prepare students not only for careers in the workforce but will prepare students to enter Ph.D. programs of study where there is currently a shortage of scientists.

1Computer and Information Systems Managers: Occupational Outlook Handbook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov)

2Information Security Analysts: Occupational Outlook Handbook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov)

*Pending SACSCOC approval

Send questions and application materials to:

Dr. Mohammad Hailat
Chair of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics
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PH: 803-641-3451

Dr. Tieling Chen
MCIS Graduate Advisor
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Questions about the MCIS Program?

MCIS Graduate Studies Scholarships

  • The Graduate Studies Scholarship (GSS) is an award of up to $500 per year that is available to MCIS graduate students on a competitive and renewable basis.
  • This scholarship qualifies on-campus non-resident students and international students for in-state tuition rates.
  • Selection of recipients is competitive, and additional considerations, such as area work experience, GPA, etc., are considered.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. A graduate GPA of at least 3.0 is required if the applicant has already taken graduate classes.
  • If selected, the recipient must enroll in at least nine (9) graduate credit hours each semester of the award unless fewer hours are required to graduate or summer.
  • The applicant may not be the recipient of any other scholarships or a graduate assistantship.
  • Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an award. The Department of Computer Science, Engineering & Mathematics will notify all students, awarded and denied.
  • MCIS Scholarship Application
  • Graduate Studies Scholarship Application
  • A typical semester with a GSS 9-12 credit hours costs approximately $6,867.00

 

 

MCIS Admissions & Requirements

Direct questions and application materials to:

  • Mohammad Hailat, Chair of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Graduate Admissions
  • International Admissions

Generally:

  • The MCIS program welcomes bachelor’s degrees in computing sciences and related fields such as engineering, computer, and/or programming coursework. However, a placement process will be required of non-computing sciences graduates to provide bridging courses if needed.
  • Applicant’s records and transcripts will be reviewed by the computer science graduate coordinator for initial placement and acceptance into the MCIS program.
  • If an applicant has not completed a computer science or a closely related program stated above, they may still be accepted under provisional status.
  • Work experience in IT, cybersecurity, or related fields of computer science will be considered.
  • An applicant may be required to complete remedial courses upon review of transcripts.
  • The student will need to complete thirty hours of graduate coursework.

Requirements:

Acceptance by the Department of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics will be given based on the applicant’s total academic profile, which includes:

  1. a complete application to the Graduate Office, University of South Carolina Aiken
  2. a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with substantial work in computer science or related coursework
  3. transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work (minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred); GRE is not required
  4. Students with a GPA below 3.0 may apply on a probationary basis with additional evidence such as GRE scores, work experience, etc.
  5. three letters of recommendation, with at least two from faculty at academic institutions

Please note: Admission can be regular and probationary.

Admission and Application:

Applications are to be completed and submitted online. Candidates for graduate studies are required to hold a baccalaureate degree in accordance with the general regulations of the University of South Carolina Aiken. Admission may be granted at one of two levels:

a. Full admission status:

    • Applications with satisfactory references and undergraduate records indicating successful academic

b. Provisional status:

    • Applicants who intend to seek a graduate degree but lack sufficient requirements for full admission status, e.g., Grade Point Average (GPA) near or below 3.0.
    • Provisional students must attain a 3.0 GPA during the first 12 credit hours to be eligible for full admission.
    • If, after the completion of any semester of the provisional enrollment, it is determined that the student will be unable to achieve a 3.0 GPA during the course of the first 12 credit hours, the student will be disenrolled.
    • Applicants whose native language is not English will need a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score is 550 on the standard or 213 on the computer-based version.
    • Students with lower TOEFL scores can be admitted but will be required to take an English corequisite(s).
    • The Master of Computer and Information Science degree application does not require a GRE. However, a GRE can be used to supplement a probationary admission request or scholarship application.

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Curriculum 

Successful completion of an MCIS-approved program of study providing a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit. (A student’s official actual program of study must be approved by the Department Chair or Advisor). Up to nine hours of approved graduate credit can be transferred in from approved universities (see MCIS advisor for details).

Master of Science in Computer and Information Science (MCIS) – General or Information Technology Track

MCIS Core courses ….....................................................................................................12

MCIS A610 Advanced Programming Concepts …...........................................................3

MCIS A613 Advanced Data Base Management Systems and Programming…...............3

MCIS A616 Computer Networking …...............................................................................3

MCIS A620 Introduction to Artificial Intelligent and Machine Learning …........................3

 

MCIS Technology Track courses …................................................................................12

MCIS A600 Survey of Information Technology................................................................3

MCIS A611 Information Systems Engineering …..............................................................3

MCIS A612 Software and Systems Project Management...............................................3

MCIS A614 Advanced Web Development.......................................................................3

MCIS Technology Track Electives …................................................................................6    

Select 6 hours from the following:

Take two courses from the cyber security track requirements OR

Take one course from the cyber security track requirement and MCIS A615 Network Sciences

Total hours required........................................................................................................30

 

Master of Science in Computer and Information Science (MCIS) – Cyber Security ck

MCIS Core courses..........................................................................................................12

MCIS A610 Advanced Programming Concepts.................................................................3

MCIS A613 Advanced Data Base Management Systems and Programming...................3

MCIS A616 Computer Networking ….................................................................................3

MCIS A620 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning ….......................3

MCIS Cyber Security Track courses.................................................................................12

MCIS A617 Information & Networking Security..................................................................3

MCIS A622 Vulnerability and Risk Assessment.................................................................3

MCIS A623 Traceable Systems and Computer Forensics................................................3

MCIS A624 Wireless and Mobile Security.........................................................................3

MCIS Cyber Security Track Electives................................................................................6

Select 6 hours from the following:

Take two courses from the information technology track requirements OR

Take one course from the information technology track requirement and MCIS A615 Network Sciences

Total hours required...........................................................................................................30

 

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