Master of Science in Computer Science concentration in Computer Networks

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The Master of Science in Computer Science concentration in Computer Networks provides students with a broad foundation in information technology (IT), and an in-depth understanding of computer data communication and modern networking. The five core courses include a comprehensive, introductory networking course that covers digital communications, local area, wide area, wireless, and other network technologies. The core also includes courses in databases, math for IT, strategic IT, software development, and systems analysis and design. The Computer Networks concentration courses provide students with a comprehensive understanding of network design and implementation, network performance analysis and management, network security, and the latest networking technology. The program is designed to empower students with extensive knowledge and hands-on experience to analyze, design, procure, manage, and implement cutting-edge computer networking solutions and technologies.

Students who complete the Computer Science master’s degree concentration in Computer Networks will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of computer language theory, software design, as well as data bases, networks, or security.
  • Proficiency in algorithms, operating systems, computer language usage, software development, and the management of data, networks, or security.
  • Competence sufficient to investigate continually emerging new software technologies, applications, and approaches.
  • Advanced knowledge of data communication protocols and networks; of issues involved in multi-access media, including wired and wireless; performance analysis of networks; and management of large networks.
  • Proficiency in data communication protocols and networks, including error control and flow control, distributed synchronization, error detection and correction, and forwarding and techniques to implement it.
  • Competence sufficient to design, specify, and develop data transfer protocols for specific purposes; design, specify, plan, and define networks of any size; and analyze, evaluate, and select network technologies.

Core Curriculum

(Five courses/20 credits)

  • MET CS 535 Computer Networks or
    MET CS 579 Database Management
  • MET CS 566 Analysis of Algorithms
  • MET CS 575 Operating Systems
  • MET CS 662 Computer Language Theory
  • MET CS 673 Software Engineering

Students who have completed courses on core curriculum subjects as part of their undergraduate degree program must replace the corresponding core courses with electives. It is recommended that each replacement course be in the same technical area. Students who have work-related experience in any of the core curriculum courses may apply for a waiver by submitting appropriate documentation. When a course waiver is granted the student must substitute a graduate-level computer science course for the core course.

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the MS in Computer Science core curriculum (20 credits), students pursuing a concentration in Computer Networks must also satisfy the following requirements:

Required Computer Networks Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CS 635 Network Design and Implementation
  • MET CS 685 Network Design and Management
  • MET CS 690 Network Security
  • MET CS 775 Advanced Networking


(One course/4 credits)

Choose one additional course from the following general electives:

  • MET CS 503 Windows .NET Application Programming with C#
  • MET CS 504 Green Information Technology
  • MET CS 532 Computer Graphics
  • MET CS 546 Quantitative Methods for Information Systems (formerly CS 534)
  • MET CS 560 Organization of Programming Languages
  • MET CS 561 Financial Informatics
  • MET CS 565 Advanced Java Programming
  • MET CS 567 Enterprise Systems with SAP
  • MET CS 570 Biomedical Sciences and Health IT
  • MET CS 580 Health Informatics
  • MET CS 581 Electronic Health Records
  • MET CS 599 Biometrics
  • MET CS 601 Web Application Development
  • MET CS 632 IT Project Management
  • MET CS 633 Distributed Software Development and Management
  • MET CS 651 Web Development with .NET
  • MET CS 664 Artificial Intelligence
  • MET CS 665 Software Design and Patterns
  • MET CS 667 Enterprise Java
  • MET CS 671 Systems Programming Using UNIX
  • MET CS 674 Database Security
  • MET CS 683 Mobile Application Development
  • MET CS 684 IT Security Policies and Procedures
  • MET CS 689 Designing and Implementing a Data Warehouse
  • MET CS 693 Digital Forensics and Investigations
  • MET CS 699 Data Mining and Business Intelligence
  • MET CS 701 Rich Internet Application Development
  • MET CS 703 Network Forensics
  • MET CS 713 Advanced Digital Forensics
  • MET CS 732 Advanced Game Graphics
  • MET CS 733 Real-Time Multimedia Simulation
  • MET CS 734 Artificial Intelligence for Video Games
  • MET CS 751 Web Services
  • MET CS 755 Cloud Computing
  • MET CS 767 Fuzzy, Expert, Genetic, and Neural Systems
  • MET CS 773 Software Quality Management
  • MET CS 779 Advanced Database Management
  • MET CS 780 Database Administration
  • MET CS 783 Enterprise Architecture
  • MET CS 789 Cryptography
  • MET CS 799 Advanced Cryptography

Electives other than those listed must be approved by an advisor and often include:

  • MET CS 594 Special Topics
  • MET CS 893 Agile and Advanced Software Engineering Methods
  • MET CS 894 Special Topics

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