UHart Launches New Master of Science in Computer Science

February 10, 2023
Submitted By: Mary Ingarra

Applications are now being accepted to the University of Hartford’s new Master of Science in Computer Science program for the fall 2023 semester. The STEM-designated program is 30 credits and can be completed in 1.5 to 2 years with courses offered on campus in the fall and spring semesters.

Students choose from a thesis, capstone, or course-based option, as well as one or two areas of specialization in data science and cybersecurity.

“Our master's degree in computer science can set you apart when applying for senior-level and leadership positions,” said Professor and Computing Sciences Department Chair Carolyn Pe Rosiene. “It can also help you get your foot in the door at competitive companies, and you can take advantage of an industry shift toward a specialization focusing on cybersecurity or data science. For those planning to pursue a doctoral program, our graduate degree will boost your research acumen.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment in computer science is projected to grow 21 percent from 2021-31, much faster than the average for all occupations, and the median pay is more than $131,400. And as noted in Forbes, “From 2013 to 2021, the number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs grew by 350 percent, according to Cybersecurity Ventures, a researcher and publisher that covers the global cyber economy. By 2025, Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that there will be 3.5 million open cybersecurity jobs globally.”

The Computing Sciences Department also offers an accelerated 4+1 option for current students to earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in computer science in one program. Students complete both degrees in five years—four years for the bachelor's degree and one year for the master's degree. UHart’s computing sciences graduates have gone on to careers at companies such as Travelers, General Dynamics/Electric Boat, General Electric, FitBit, and YouTube.

UHart alumni who have completed a bachelor's degree at the University are eligible for a 25 percent tuition discount through the Hawk Alumni Scholarship for the Master of Science in Computer Science Program. The scholarship will automatically renew until students complete their program of study and maintain satisfactory academic standing.