The Computer Science Graduate Program at Norfolk State University provides a quality computer science graduate education to students, especially those from the underrepresented sector of the population, by strengthening analytic skills, offering valuable research experiences, and promoting professional development in computer science.
The Computer Science Program at Norfolk State University offers two Master’s Degrees, a M.S. in Computer Science and a M.S. in Cybersecurity.
Master's Computer Science
The Master's of Science (M.S.) degree in Computer Science requires 30 graduate credit hours of course work including a thesis (6 credits), or 33 graduate credit hours of course work including a project (3 credits). The program has three areas of study: Computer Science (General Option), Emphasis in Information Assurance, and an Emphasis in Communications Networks.
The M.S. in Cybersecurity degree program consists of 36 credit hours and is a non-thesis degree. It will be delivered entirely online which provides accessibility and flexibility to accommodate students who are currently employed, have families or both.
NSU will utilize its Learning Management System to deliver lectures, course materials and assessments. In addition, students will have web-based access to NSU’s Virtual Laboratory powered by Network Development Group (NDG) NETLAB+. This resource allows NSU to host real lab equipment, virtual machines and lab content for students to complete labs. These virtual machine exercises cover a wide range of topics including Digital Forensics, Ethical Hacking, Cryptography and Networking among others.
Graduate Program Objective
A graduate of the Computer Science graduate program will be employed in a computer science or cybersecurity related position and / or enrolled in a doctoral program in a computing-related field.
Graduate Program Outcomes
Students graduating from the Master of Science in Computer Science program will be able to demonstrate:
- Proficiency in applying computing fundamentals in several application areas.
- Mastery of a significant body of advanced topics in computing, computational science, communication networks, or information assurance.
- The ability to conduct independent research and understand the body of literature in one or more advanced topics.