computer science

Computer Science (M.S.)

Graduate
  • Master's

About this Program

This program is ideal for individuals who want to acquire or update their skills in cutting-edge computer science technologies – and tackle the challenges inherent in capturing, storing, sharing, transferring and analyzing data.

Program Overview

Instruction from experts

Faculty members are specialists in robotics, website design, software engineering, digital electronics, scientific visualization and more. They bring their expertise into the classroom, sharing in-depth knowledge and practical experience in a contemporary context. Advanced courses in emerging areas — such as artificial intelligence, parallel computing and data mining — build on mastery gained in algorithm analysis, operating systems, computer architecture and other core requirements.

Specialized

Thanks to small classes and readily available faculty, students can count on personal attention and advice when selecting the courses and specialty track that best suits their career goals. The elective sequence may include a thesis, fieldwork or software engineering project. With careful selection of electives, students can concurrently complete or make significant progress toward the Certificate in Cybersecurity. Evening classes accommodate daytime work schedules.

Make connections

Hood is strategically located at the top of Maryland’s technology-rich I-270 corridor. Lockheed Martin, Life Technologies, Boeing and NIST and are just a few of the leading-edge businesses and government agencies in the region that look to Hood’s master’s program for highly qualified job candidates.

Program Contact

Program Director

Phone
301-696-3981

Larbi Bricha

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

Phone
301-696-3601

Degrees Offered

  • MS
Hood College Cotton Lecture Series

Carol Jim, P.h.D., Discusses Cybersecurity & Recent Cotton Cyber Lecture

Carol Jim, P.h.D., Computer Science & Information Technology Alumni Faculty Graduate Student

Carol Jim, P.h.D., Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Information Technology at Hood College, discusses the recent Cotton Cyber Lecture and Hood's Cybersecurity program.

  • Academics
  • Math & Computer Sciences
Larry Stewart

Spotlight on Larry Stewart, M.S. Computer Science '19

Larry Stewart, M.S. Computer Science Graduate Student

Larry Stewart, M.S. Computer Science '19, received an "Outstanding Student" award from Hood College's Computer Science Department.

  • Academics
  • Math & Computer Sciences
  • Awards
Hood College Partners with Google

Hood College Partners with Google to Host Applied Computing Series

Hood College Partners with Google Faculty Graduate Student

“With strong support from the college and the department, we hope to bring quality computer science education to all Hood students, no matter the major” - Hood Computer Science professor Aijuan Dong, Ph.D.

  • Academics
  • Partnerships
  • Math & Computer Sciences

For students applying to the Computer Science program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended
  • A résumé of work experience

An applicant to the graduate program in computer science is expected to have a strong background in computer science and mathematics. 

Four foundation courses introduce the student to algorithms and programming, computer organization and design, advanced data structures and discrete mathematics. Students holding a baccalaureate degree in computer science will normally be exempted from all foundation courses. Other students may, upon review by the department, be exempted from some or all of the foundation courses. The program director determines the required foundation courses or exemptions based on a thorough evaluation of transcripts and other supporting documents. The objective is to ensure the student is well prepared and ready to succeed in the program.

The foundation courses represent background knowledge and skills necessary for successful completion of degree requirements. Some or all of the foundation courses may be waived by the program director, based upon an analysis of the student’s previous work. A student holding a baccalaureate degree in computer science will normally be granted exemption from, but not graduate credit for, all foundation courses.  Any foundation courses required are in addition to the 33 credits required for program completion.

MATH 505Discrete Math

3.0

CS 508Computer Organization and Design

3.0

CSIT 512Elements of Computer Programming

3.0

CS 519Advanced Data Structures

3.0

A student must complete 33 credits beyond prerequisite courses, including 15 credits of Core requirements. The Core courses represent the general body of knowledge and skills that all students in the program are expected to master.

Core Requirements

CS 520Algorithm Analysis

3.0

CS 524Principles of Software Engineering

3.0

CS 528/CS 428Artificial Intelligence

3.0

CS 564/CS 464Operating Systems

3.0

One of the following courses:

CS 561/CS 461Computer Architecture

3.0

CS 571/CS 471Programming Languages: Their Design and Compilation

3.0

Students must complete 18 credits of elective work, which may include a 6-credit thesis (CS 580), 6-credit field work project (CS 585) or a 6-credit software engineering project (CS 595).  All elective courses must be chosen from CS or CSIT prefixed coursework. Students may use their electives to get a concentration in Data Science or Cybersecurity.

Concentrations:

 Data Science 
CS 527Data Science3.0
CS 522Data Mining3.0
CS 543Machine Learning3.0
CS 565Advanced DBMS3.0

 

 Cybersecurity 
CSIT 555Information Systems Security3.0
CSIT 548Telecommunications & Networking3.0
CSIT 534Network and Internet Security3.0
CSIT 532Computer Forensics3.0
 Choose one of the courses below: 
CSIT 566Ethical Hacking3.0
CSIT 537Applied Encryption & Cryptology3.0

Additional Information

Our advisory board...

provides support and assistance in the development of new programs, serves as ambassadors for our program and identifies best practice standards.

All Faculty
George Dimitoglou

George Dimitoglou

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science
  • Chair, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Program Director, Master's in Cybersecurity and Director of the Center for Computer Science and Information Assurance
Carol Jim

Carol Jim

  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Xinlian Liu

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science
  • Program Director, Master's in Computer Science
Bill Pierce

Bill Pierce

  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • Coordinator, Computer Science Minor

Ahmed Salem

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Program Director, Master's in Information Technology and Cybersecurity Certificate