computer science

Computer Science (M.S.)

  • 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

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Instruction from experts

Faculty members are specialists in data science, artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, software engineering, computer architecture, machine learning, health informatics 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, high-performance computing, quantum computing and data mining — build on mastery gained in algorithm analysis, operating systems, computer architecture and other core requirements.


Thanks to small classes and readily available faculty, students can count on personal attention and advice when selecting the courses and the specialty track that best suits their career goals. The elective sequence may include a thesis, fieldwork or software engineering project. With the careful selection of electives, students may use their electives to get a concentration in Data Science or Cybersecurity, or potentially earn the Certificate in Cybersecurity. Additionally, 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 computer science program for highly qualified job candidates.

Academic Planner/Program Planning Guide

Students in this program should use this Program Planning Guide (PDF) to plan and track their progress.

Degrees Offered

  • MS

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.

Applicants to the graduate program in computer science are expected to have a strong background in computer science and mathematics.

Four foundation courses introduce students 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.

Transfer credit policy for admitted students

Students may transfer a maximum of 6 graduate credits from an external, accredited institution, or another Hood graduate program prior to the first semester of study in the current program. Please review the full graduate transfer credit policy in the College catalog.

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


CS 508Computer Organization and Design


CSIT 512Elements of Computer Programming


CS 519Advanced Data Structures


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


CS 524Principles of Software Engineering


CS 528/CS 428Artificial Intelligence


CS 564/CS 464Operating Systems


One of the following courses:

CS 561/CS 461Computer Architecture


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


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.


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


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

Program Contact

Dr. Dong

Program Director


Director of Graduate Admission

Office: 301-696-3603 Cell/WhatsApp: 240-651-4015

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

  • Professor of Computer Science
  • Program Director, Master's in Cybersecurity and Director of the Center for Computer Science and Information Assurance

Aijuan Dong

  • Department Chair of Computer Science & Information Technology
  • Professor of Computer Science
Carol Jim

Carol Jim

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science
Bill Pierce

Bill Pierce

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

Ahmed Salem

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

Graduate Student Spotlight | Anoushka Kondoj

Anoushka Kondoj, M.S. Computer Science Graduate School Graduate Student

“The supportiveness of people, like Amani Al-Dajane and Dean Boulton, really influenced me to choose Hood College for my master's degree.”

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Tom Darby

Graduate Student Spotlight | Tom Darby, Computer Science

Tom Darby, M.S. Computer Science Graduate School Graduate Student

"Hood College is giving me a golden opportunity to simultaneously refresh my existing knowledge while introducing me to entirely new fields of study"

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