The Department of Mathematical, Computing and Information Sciences offers the Master of Science (MS) with a major in computer systems and software design with two concentrations.
Required Application Materials
Deadline dates for application and receipt of all required application materials for the MS in CSSD degree are shown below:
Fall semester admission - Application dues date is July 1.
Spring semester admission - Application due date is November 1.
Applicants for the MS with a major in computer systems and software design must submit the following documentation to the Graduate Admissions Office, 320 Bibb Graves, Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602, to be considered for admission:
1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission (http:/www.jsu.edu/graduate/grad_app.html).
2. Non-refundable $35.00 application processing fee.
3. Official transcripts(s) from all colleges/universities with degrees posted. (Students who have previously attended
JSU do not need to request a transcript from the University.)
4. Official tests scores on the GMAT or the General Test of the GRE. The GRE or GMAT must have been taken within
five years of enrollment.
5. Three “Graduate Reference Forms” completed by individuals who can provide qualitative assessment of the applicant’s
potential for success in graduate course work. This form is available online at http:///www.jsu.edu/graduate/student-resources
6. If English is not the applicant’s native language, the applicant is required to submit an official TOEFL score report or an IELTS
Students receiving undergraduate degrees from institutions not accredited by a United States regional accrediting association must meet unconditional admission requirements. In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of Graduate Studies, applicants for the MS in CSSD must meet at minimum one of the following two requirements to be considered for admission:
Have completed the equivalent of an undergraduate degree with a major in computer science, software engineering, or information systems as determined by the graduate computer science faculty.
Applicants with degrees in related fields with three to five years experience in systems and software design may be considered. These applicants should have the equivalent of a minor in computer science including courses equivalent to Software Engineering I (CS 310), Software Engineering II (CS 491), Operating Systems (CS 350), Database Systems (CS 488), either Calculus and Its Applications (MS 120) or Calculus I (MS 125), and demonstrated proficiency in procedural or object-oriented programming demonstrated proficiency in procedural or object-oriented programming language. Any applicant who is deficient in any of the areas listed above may be either denied admission or conditionally admitted provided they take and pass with a "B" grade or above additional courses specified by the department at the undergraduate level before a specified deadline. The decision as to which action will be taken is at the discretion of the Director of Graduate Studies based upon a recommendation by the graduate faculty in the program.
All applications will be reviewed by the graduate faculty in the program. The faculty will submit to the Graduate Admissions Office, 320 Bibb Graves, its recommendation on the admission of each applicant. The Director of Graduate Studies will make the final decision on the admission of the student.
A total of 30 semester hours in graduate computer science courses is required. There is a core of 15 graduate semester hours required for all concentrations. In addition to the core, students must take a concentration-specific Studio Component consisting of six semester hours. The remaining nine semester hours consist of a concentration-specific course and/or electives per the requirements for each concentration.
Students accepted into the MS with a major in computer systems and software design with the studio option must complete a six-hour studio component through which an exposition paper will be generated. The student must meet with a graduate faculty member who will select an Advisory Committee to supervise the studio component of the program. The advisor and committee are responsible for determining successful completion of the studio component of the program by evaluation of the exposition paper and the student's presentation of same.
A total of 33 semester hours in graduate computer science courses is required. There is a core of 15 graduate semester hours required for all concentrations. In addition to the core, students must take eighteen (18) graduate credit hours of a concentration-related course and/or elective per the requirements for each concentration.
Students accepted into the MS with a major in computer systems and software design with the Non-Studio option will need to pass a comprehensive oral exam covering core course contents. The evaluation of the comprehensive oral exam will be determined by no fewer than three members of the departmental Curriculum Committee.
For both options, the presentation or comprehensive oral exam may be done using technology from a distance. Time will be allotted after all presentations for the faculty present to ask questions of the student.
Students must select and complete the requirements for one of the following two concentrations:
General Concentration: (30 graduate semester hours for Studio option)/33 graduate semester hours for non-Studio option)
Required Core Courses (as listed) (15)
Studio Component (6) and electives (select three additional course from the electives listed) (9)
Select six additional courses from the electives listed (18)
Information Security and Assurance (ISA) Concentration: 30 graduate semester hours for Studio option/33 graduate semester hours for non-Studio option
Required Core Courses (as listed) (15)
CS 545, Advanced Computer Networking (3)
Studio Component (must be a topic in Information Security and Assurance ) (6) and electives (select two courses from the electives listed) (6)
Select 3 from the following courses related to Information Security and Assurance: EM 505, CS 525, CS 530, CS 565 (9) and two additional courses from the electives listed) (6)
MS with a major in Computer Systems and Software Design
Required Core Courses (15 semester hours):
CS 501 - Database Management Systems (3)
CS 521 - Applied Software Engineering I (3)
CS 523 - Applied Software Engineering II (3)
CS 550 - Distributed Computing Systems (3)
CS 570 - Advanced Computer Security (3)
CS 502 - Research Methods and System Evaluation (3)
CS 525 - Advanced Web Application Development Using Web Services (3)
CS 530 - Human-Computer Interaction (3)
CS 536 - Computational Intelligence (3)
CS 538 - Business Intelligence and Data Mining (3)
CS 540 - Bioinformatics Algorithms (3)
CS 544 - Applied Artificial Intelligence (3)
CS 546 - Advanced Management of Information Systems (3)
CS 547 - Wireless Networking and Security (3)
CS 565 - Embedded & Real-Time Software Development (3)
CS 591 - Special Topics in Computer Science (3)
Studio Component (6 semester hours) only for Studio Option:
CS 595 - Studio Component (3)
CS 596 - Studio Component (3)
Studio Option: 30 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree
Non-Studio Option:33 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree