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The Master of Computer Science Programs (General & Specialized)

The Master of Computer Science (MCS) degree program is a course-only Professional Master's degree program. Below is a description of its general form and its four specializations. An overview of the program is also available. The advisor for this program is Dr. Jim Sasaki.

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General Master of Computer Science
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30 credit hours

The general (non-specialized) MCS program is intended for those seeking a broad and flexible conceptual and practical background in computer science. Such a background helps professionals keep up with future changes in the field, avoiding the obsolescence in skills that can occur for those who have too narrow a set of skills. General MCS students must take three core courses but can otherwise select the topic or topics they wish to study in more depth. Students are admitted by default to the general MCS program, but any MCS student can elect one of the four specializations below.


Master of Computer Science With A Specialization in Business
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33.6 credit hours

The Master of Computer Science with a Specialization in Business is designed to help Computer Science professionals extend and deepen their technical and practical knowledge of the field while introducing themselves to core topics in modern business practices. Learning some of the basic language of business can help practitioners communicate with business analysts, nontechnical managers, and users of software systems.

Courses for the MCS/Business degree program are taken from the Computer Science Department and the Stuart Graduate School of Business (GSB). To complete the program students must satisfy general Master of Computer Science requirements and also take four specialization courses:

Note that the Stuart GSB offers courses on a quarter schedule, not a semester schedule. Students should study the course schedules and calendars at Stuart GSB > Current Students to find out when business courses are offered and when to register for them. A student in the program can take no more than two MBA courses per quarter. Stuart GSB does not offer courses online, so students must take their business courses at the IIT Downtown Campus in Chicago.

Admission to the MCS program is a sufficient requirement for admission to the MCS/Business program; in particular, students are not required to take the GMAT, nor are they required to take extra prerequisites before taking any introductory business courses. Students must, however, file a Program of Study specifying the MCS/Business before registering for any business courses. Before registering for each business course, a student should make a request to the Director of the MCS/Business program (Dr. Jim Sasaki), who will check the student's program of study and then ask the Stuart GSB to let the student register.

For purposes of the Program of Study, business courses are treated as CS-Related Transfer Courses. Each business course counts as 3.6 quarter credit hours = 2.4 semester credit hours. Because the general MCS program requires at least 24 semester credit hours of CS or CS Professional courses, the MCS/Business program requires a minimum of 24 + 4 * 2.4 = 33.6 semester credit hours to complete. A student whose bachelor's degree is not in Computer Science is required to take an additional 3 hours of CS or CS Professional courses, for a total of 36.6 semester credit hours.


Master Of Computer Science With A Specialization In Computer Networking And Telecommunications
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30 credit hours

This program is designed to provide an in-depth knowledge of theory and practices in computer networking and telecommunications. Students must satisfy Master of Computer Science requirements and are also required to select four of the following specialization courses. Note that CS 542, CS 544, and CS 547 also count as Systems core courses.


Master Of Computer Science With A Specialization In Information Systems
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30 credit hours

This program is designed to provide an in-depth knowledge of the principles of the design and development of information systems. Students must satisfy Master of Computer Science requirements and are also required to select four of the following specialization courses. Note that CS 522, CS 525, and CS 529 also count as Programming core courses.


Master Of Computer Science With A Specialization In Software Engineering
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30 credit hours

This program is designed to provide an in-depth knowledge of theory and practices in software engineering, including hands-on experience in software design, development and maintenance. Students must satisfy Master of Computer Science requirements and are also required to select four of the following specialization courses. Note that CS 536 and CS 586 also count as Theory and Systems core courses respectively.

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