Texas State University promises a variety of educational, professional, social, and cultural opportunities for its graduate students. The Department of Computer Science offers superior graduate degree programs to students seeking a Master of Science with a major in computer science or in software engineering. The department also offers a Master of Arts degree in computer science. The MA in computer science is similar to the MS in computer science except that it requires a minor. These programs are designed to prepare students for doctoral research, college teaching, public school teaching, or for careers in computer science as well as in software engineering. The department strives to advance the knowledge of computer science and software engineering and is well equipped with computer hardware, software, modern electronics, and microcomputer laboratories.
Graduate enrollment in the computer science and software engineering programs has increased multi-fold since 1984, the program's year of inception, and exceeds 125 students. Special efforts are made to schedule evening classes to accommodate computing professionals who wish to continue their education. The department also offers a limited number of laboratory and research assistantships for qualified students, although not usually in their first semester of study at Texas State, and teaching assistantships which require completion of at least eighteen graduate credit hours at Texas State. We encourage interested individuals to visit campus and talk with the graduate advisor in the Department of Computer Science. The department also offers the Master of Science in computer science and the Master of Science in software engineering degree programs in the North Austin area (Round Rock campus) for the convenience of working professionals as well as full-time students in that vicinity.
The Master of Science degree in computer science offers specialties in a wide range of areas. Analysis skills and real world problem solving are integrated in all graduate courses. These skills are vital for the design, development, maintenance, management, and supervision of complex computer systems.
The Master of Science degree in software engineering is designed to allow students to specialize in the complex and rapidly evolving field of software development, including practical applications of scientific knowledge in the analysis, design, construction, and implementation of software systems and the associated documentation required to develop, operate, and maintain them.
Both degrees will help students leverage their technical, professional, and managerial skills in new and existing careers. Students are required to fulfill background course work if they do not have adequate undergraduate computer science background.
With the support of the university, the National Science Foundation, and other sources, the department has established excellent laboratories in all areas of instruction. In addition to university computing facilities, departmental labs provide student access to state-of-the-art multimedia-oriented Intel, AMD, Apple, and Sun Microsystems servers and workstations with 32-bit and 64-bit microprocessors running current versions of Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS Linux and Solaris. Application platforms include Oracle and MySQL relational database management systems, Oracle WebLogic, VMWare, Apache HTTP Server, and a wide range of compilers and assemblers, including the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC), Visual Studio .NET, Java Software Development Kit (SDK), and the Sun C Compiler. Hands-on experience and implementation of concepts and methodologies covered in classes is emphasized.
In addition to grant-funded research in several areas of computer science, the computer science faculty joins with industry to focus on projects of mutual interests. The department's Industrial Advisory Board is also an important component in maintaining strong ties with industry. Students gain industrial experience through internship programs with industry. And, the university provides an excellent library facility.
The university's graduate catalog provides program and other information for graduate students. The Texas State Graduate College publishes the Graduate Catalog.
Program graduates find employment in numerous fields, including software engineering, intelligent systems, networking and communication, database design, man-machine communication, graphical user interfaces, Unix programming, object-oriented systems, multimedia, operating systems, simulation and modeling, computer architecture and design, parallel processing, distributed systems, neural networking, and other application areas.