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

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.


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


Larbi Bricha

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission


Degrees Offered

  • MS
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Aug. 22, 2018 - Kevin Stanfield just graduated from Hood, with a master of science in Environmental Biology, and a certificate in Global Information Systems, and his thesis related to environmental science and the use of drones and computational/remote sensing techniques​.

    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


    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. Certain, pre-approved courses by the department may also be chosen from the CYBR program.

    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.

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    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
    Michael Donohoe

    Michael Donohoe

    • Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Management Information Systems
    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