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The program has defined two specializations which will be launched in fall of 2015. Each carries recognition of the focus of your work on your transcript. Details on the required courses for these specializations are published in the Graduate School Bulletin.


Information Assurance and Cyber Defense

The reliance on digital information in the enterprise has increased the criticality of the computing infrastructure. The news of successful attacks on the infrastructure has increased the awareness security. As a result, there is an growing need to provide the knowledge for careers in security and information assurance. Our specialization includes courses that focus on Cyber Security and it guides you through courses in databases, networks, and systems that have been designed to treat the security concerns in each of these fundamental areas of computing. The result is knowledge to understand and defend against attacks in each of the fundamental areas of the infrastructure. This option requires practical experience gained through a practicum.

Read more about our efforts in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense here.

Big Data and Data Analytics

Organizations have come to realize that data can provide the knowledge to guide decisions. Call it Data Science, Predictive Analytics, Big Data, or Advanced Analytics, businesses and scientists are looking to analyze more data using new technology. There are several important technologies being brought together in this dynamic environment.

With a strong focus on business applications, this specialization provides computing professionals and business analysts the knowledge to define the processes and systems that will enhance the performance of their organizations through exploration and exploitation of data.

The requirements for these specialization can be found in the Graduate School Bulletin.




Summer Research Experience

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science hosts a Summer Research Experience (REU) for Undergraduates. This program provides undergraduates with an intensive, faculty-mentored, summer research experience in the areas of applied mathematics, high-performance computing, statistics, ubiquitous systems and mathematics education. Learn more