11 courses | 36 credit hours

The Master of Science in Applied Computer Science degree is a professional program that provides individuals holding an undergraduate degree in any discipline the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career as a software developer.

The 100% online program is completed in 2 years on a part time basis, and admits only in the fall semester each year.

The face-to-face program on the Carrollton campus is accelerated and is completed within 16 months. The face-to-face program admits new students for fall, spring, and summer terms. 

Make sure to check out the CACSI Graduate Studies Fellowship for Underrepresented Students!


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The program offers a practical and focused curriculum that prepares graduates to enter the information technology job market as software developers upon graduation. All classes are taught by highly qualified faculty with both academic and industry experience. Course work includes web technologies, program construction, software development, database systems, advanced tools and techniques, and a final project experience designed to integrate knowledge and skills across courses with teamwork and professional practices.

Visit the Computer Science program website for additional information about the program.

Contact for Program Specific Questions:
Anita Williams
anitaw@westga.edu
678-839-5274 

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Program Location

Carrollton Campus, Online

Method of Delivery

The program is offered in 100% fully online or face-to-face delivery formats.

Accreditation

The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Credit and transfer

Total semester hours required: 36
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 0*
*No credits can be transferred

This program may be earned entirely online or entirely face-to-face. 

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UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.

Details
  • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
  • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
  • Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
  • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
  • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
  • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
  • For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Student Accounts and Billing Services website

There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

Coursework

All students take courses according to a set plan of study as part of a cohort. The program can be completed in 2 years.

Session or Semester 1

An introduction to the design, development, and implementation of web sites using client-side technologies. Students are expected to develop a dynamic web site using current industry best practices for client-side development.

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An introduction to object-oriented design and programming using fundamental software engineering principles and concepts. Students are expected to develop an object-oriented application using current industry best practices for program development.

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Session or Semester 2

A continuation of CS 6251: design, development, and implementation of web sites using client- and server-side technologies. Students are expected to develop a dynamic web site using current industry best practices for client- and sever-side development.

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A continuation of CS 6311. Students are expected to develop a moderately complex object-oriented application using current industry best practices for program development.

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Session or Semester 3

This course covers software design, implementation, testing, and deployment using industry-standard tools, frameworks, and best practices.

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Integration of core knowledge and skills in program construction and web technologies with teamwork and professional practices through directed participation in the implementation of a significant software project.

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Session or Semester 4

Fundamental concepts of database systems; hierarchical, network and relational database management systems; data definition and manipulation languages; security and integrity; and implementation considerations. Students are expected to complete a project in database administration and development.

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This course introduces the software development process while improving programming skills. Topics include object-oriented programming, test-driven development, class design, GUI design and programming, and incremental, iterative development. The coursework assumes that the student has fundamental programming, debugging, and code-interpretation skills in an object-oriented programming language.

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Session or Semester 5

Advanced concepts in database systems; object-oriented systems; distributed database systems; and concurrency control. Students will be introduced to current professional certification processes and standards.

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This course continues the introduction of the software development process begun in CS 6241. Topics include software development process models, process management, requirements specification, and software modeling.

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Session or Semester 6

Comprehensive integration of knowledge and skills attained in the program with teamwork and professional practices through the implementation of a significant software project.

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Lewis Baumstark, Ph.D.

Lewis Baumstark, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science & Program Coordinator

Technology Learning Center 2215
Michael Orsega, Ph.D.

Michael Orsega, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science & Graduate Program Coordinator

Technology Learning Center 2209
Anja Remshagen, Ph.D.

Anja Remshagen, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science

Technology Learning Center 2208
Li Yang, Ph.D.

Li Yang, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science

Technology Learning Center 2210
Duane Yoder, Ph.D.

Duane Yoder, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Computing and Mathematics & Associate Professor of Computer Science

Technology Learning Center 2206

Guidelines for Admittance

All graduate applicants must complete the online Graduate Application.

See Graduate Studies Application Process International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students

Official transcripts from all schools attended are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Graduate Admissions Office.

Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

Admission to the MS in Applied Computer Science is handled differently for domestic and international students. Please review the appropriate listing below: 
Domestic Students: 

  • Submit official transcripts from all schools attended. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher is required. 
  • Submit a comprehensive résumé or curriculum vitae that describes in detail the applicant's educational background and professional experience.
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose that explains the intent for pursuing the degree and lists specific reasons why you are a good fit for this particular program OR sign up and participate in a Virtual Interview. Contact the department to set up the interview, at anitaw@westga.edu

International Students: 
  • Submit official transcripts from all schools attended. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher is required. 
  • Submit a comprehensive résumé or curriculum vitae that describes in detail the applicant's educational background and professional experience.
  • Submit Proof of English proficiency if applicable. Contact global@westga.edu for more information. 
  • Upon review of the completed application, selected applicants will be invited to sign up and participate in a Virtual Interview. 


Make sure to check out the CACSI Graduate Studies Fellowship for Underrepresented Students!

Application Deadlines

This degree has a rolling admission process where students may apply at anytime. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Final deadlines are listed here

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here.

One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site (for the 100% online program), you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Contact

Graduate Admissions
graduate@westga.edu
678-839-1394

Computer Science Admission Coordinator
Anita Williams
anitaw@westga.edu
678-839-5274 

The Computer Science program graduate page includes program information as well as other vital information.

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School deadlines page.

  • Recognize and analyze social, professional, and ethical issues and responsibilities they may face as computing professionals.
  • Prepare and give effective technical presentations using appropriate technologies.
  • Write clear and accurate technical documents.
  • Effectively function as a member of a team engaged in the process of modeling, designing, and implementing computer based systems of varied complexity utilizing multiple technologies.