Computer Science


Master of Science in Computer Science


About the Degree

The M.S. degree program in Computer Science combines courses in computer science principles and practice. The program provides the student with a solid computer science background in preparation for governmental or industrial employment or for continued study at the Ph.D. level in computer science.

Most full-time degree candidates admitted into the program will complete the degree requirements in two years. The thesis option requires 30 semester hours of graduate coursework while the non-thesis option requires 39.

Computer science involves the abstract representation of concrete or physical problems and their effective translation to digital technology. Typically this involves the storage, transformation and transfer of information through the use of computer programs, databases and networks.


Salary and Career Outlook

There is no data available for graduates with an MS in Computer Science, however, with a bachelor’s degree, graduates earn an average of $40K-50K locally and $55K-60K nationally.


Why Akron?

Our MS in Computer Science program boasts a very good reputation for overall program regionally and nationally. We are internationally recognized as an NVIDIA GPU Education Center. Our students engage in experiential learning opportunities via graduate internships and through community and industry graduate assistantships.

Labs and equipment supporting popular specialties within computer science include:

  • A 20 workstation security lab used for computer security and malware analysis.
  • A Linux cluster of 56 Intel Pentium or Xeon CPUs housed in 23 nodes for large-scale scientific experiments.
  • A teaching lab with Dell Precision T3500 desktop computers equipped with Fermi (GeForce GTX480) or Maxwell (GeForce GTX980) class NVIDIA GPGPUs for general and multi-core programming.
  • Remote access to a research server equipped with 3.47 GHz Intel Xeon X5690 CPUs, 48 GB RAM and a Tesla K40 GPGPU.
  • Access to facilities at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) in Columbus.

Recent employers include:

  • Application Support Engineer, MathWorks, Natick, Mass.
  • Saberlogic, ERP Applications Programmer, Wadsworth, Ohio.
  • Assistant Professor of CIS, Edgewood College, Madison, Wisc.
  • New Innovations in Green, Ohio.


Contact Information

                  Graduate Coordinator:                   Dr. Tim O’Neil

                                                                        College of Arts and Sciences,
                                                                        Room 227

                                                                        toneil@uakron.edu

                                                                        (330) 972-6492

                  Graduate School:                            Heather Blake

                                                                        Polsky Building, Room 467

                                                                        hblake@uakron.edu     

                                                                        (330) 972-7664