Computer systems and networks
A Master of Science degree program in Computer Systems and Networks generally focuses on the implementation and design of computer hi-performance systems. Students can explore the complementary nature of hardware and software. They can learn to provide digital solutions to problems across a variety of technology-based industries.
Students are typically expected to participate in software and hardware research and development processes. Emphasis is often placed on investigating new ways to approach complex and dynamic computer networking issues and creating greater efficiency of solutions.
A bachelor’s degree is typically required for admission into degree programs in this field. Most schools expect students to have majored in computer science, computer programming or electrical engineering. Some schools consider applicants with science or engineering majors who have completed specific prerequisite coursework in computer science. Prospective students generally must submit transcripts showing a minimum grade point average and scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Students can take courses in computer languages, programming and software engineering. A master’s degree program typically requires 30-45 semester hours, typically taking 1, 1.5 or 2 years to complete (students can choose appropriate duration of studying). Students can explore human-computer interaction, databases, compilers and computer-aided design. Some schools require the completion of internship programs. Courses within the Master of Science program includes:
- Advanced Topics of Information Security
- Advanced Topics of Network Administration
- Analysis and Evaluation of Distributed Systems Efficiency
- Parallel and Distributed Simulation of Complex Systems using Innovative High-Performace Computing Systems
- Database Design and Administration
- Parallel and Distributed Computing
- Data mining and Artificial Intelligence
- Neural computing
- Advanced and Intelligent Robotics
- Computer-aided design of VLSI systems
- Human-computer interaction
Popular Career Options
Upon completion of a master of science degree program in Computer Systems and Networks, graduates are typically qualified for employment with government agencies, private product development and research facilities. Some possible job titles in this field include:
- Data analyst administrator
- Network administrator
- Computer design specialist
- Systems engineer
- Project manager
- Middle / Senior Programmer using C / C++ / C# / JAVA/ PHP
Graduates can enhance their knowledge of the field by enrolling in postgraduate certificate programs in computer systems, electrical engineering or digital processing. Those interested in advanced graduate work can pursue Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering.