Computer Science

The MSCS-Computer Science specialization blends foundational with modern topics in computer science and computing technology providing instruction in systems and networks, artificial intelligence, data analytics, programming languages and compiler construction, and security.

Program Description

The Computer Science specialization of the Master of Science in Computer Science graduate program offers a flexible and innovative curriculum that blends theoretic foundations of computer science with modern topics and state-of-the-art computing technologies. The program provides students with knowledge and skills in algorithmic programming, software development, and research of computational methods for creating innovative solutions for a wide-range of computing problems. This specialization offers two focus areas in cybersecurity and data analytics, as well as other advanced topics in Computer Science. 

It prepares students for doctoral studies and careers in cybersecurity, data analytics, and other computing fields. Students starting this specialization typically have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, but may come from another closely related scientific discipline provided they have strong quantitative and analytical problem-solving skills and demonstrated an ability for algorithmic programming.

Department Contact

Dr. Thomas Reichherzer
Department Chair
Building 4, Room 227

 Phone: (850) 474-2612

Catalog Description

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

University Requirements*

  • Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee
  • Submission of official transcripts
    *International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements

  • Submission of graduate admission tests: GRE (145 quantitative and 150 verbal) or MAT (370)
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA/major GPA
  • Submission of letter of intent describing work experience and reasons for pursuing the degree program, including how the degree relates to career goals
  • Submission of three signed recommendation letters

Applicants may check the receipt/status of their materials in MyUWF.

Preferred Application Dates (For Assistantships)

  • Preferred Date - Fall and Summer - February 15
  • Preferred Date - Spring Semester - October 1

To ensure consideration for all available graduate funding, applicants should submit applications received by the listed Preferred Application Date. Applications received after these dates will be reviewed for admission, but may not be eligible for funding. Applicants should contact the appropriate graduate coordinator or department chair for more information.

Graduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall-June 1 - Graduate Application Deadline
  • Spring-Oct 1 - Graduate Application Deadline
  • Summer-Mar 1 Graduate Application Deadline

Application deadlines for most graduate programs. Applicants should contact the appropriate graduate coordinator or department chair for more information.