In an effort to keep up with the rapid change of technology, the UTC Department of Computer Science and Engineering now offers an accelerated masters program in computer science focused on career preparation and industry needs.

In an effort to keep up with the rapid changes in  technology, the UTC Department of Computer Science and Engineering now offers a new program to accelerate admission of non-Computer Science majors into the MSC Computer Science focused on career preparation and industry needs.

The new  program allows students whose first degrees are not in computer science but  are interested in a master’s degree in computer science to take three prerequisite courses instead of the usual six. After completing the prerequisite courses, the student receives full graduate student standing and usually completes the program in an additional four  semesters.

“We started offering the accelerated program because we saw an increased number of students who were interested in the computer science, but didn’t have the time or the resources to complete the traditional program,” Dr. Li Yang, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the UTC Department of Computer Science and Engineering, said.

“Another driving force behind the program is job opportunities.  Area employers are telling us they need well-trained students for jobs and internships right now. The accelerated program allows students to graduate and enter the work force faster,” she continued.

The program is focused on providing students with a well-rounded experience in computer science field with classes in information security, software development, and computer programming.

“Our program is dynamic. We regularly revise our curriculum to make it more attractive to prospective students and to meet the needs of the industry,” Yang said.

Currently, the program has 11 students. Yi Jiang enrolled in the program this fall.

“My experience in this program is great so far. The faculty is friendly and willing to help. They care a lot about the students, helping them on not only their study, but also their career preparation. I think this valuable program is especially suitable for those who don’t have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, but want to get a master’s degree and start a career in the computer science or multi-disciplinary fields,” he said.

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