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Masters Degrees

Applied Information Technology, MS

The MS in Applied Information Technology is the very best graduate education in IT for high-potential leaders, especially those working on IT solutions that affect the federal government. Its objective is to graduate men and women of competence and character who can lead multidisciplinary teams in the design, justification, development, management, and sustainment of mega-systems from data to decision in the private and federal sectors.

Biostatistics, MS

According to Fortune Magazine the master’s in biostatistics is the best graduate degree for jobs. In 2015 the median salary was more than $105K. Our graduates find work in healthcare, biotech, “big pharma,” and the life sciences.

Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, MS

The Master of Science in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering is designed for students who have completed the BS in civil engineering, although students with related undergraduate degrees may be considered for provisional admission. The MS educates students in the theory and practice of civil engineering science and design at an advanced level. The MS also serves as a foundation for doctoral study in in civil engineering, as well as for additional graduate studies in architecture, law, business, economics, finance, and public policy and administration.

 

Computer Engineering, MS

The demand for computer engineers is large and growing, engineers who can create innovative systems for computing, control, communication, and storage. Modern computing devices demand innovative approaches to design, fabrication, testing, energy harvesting, dynamic reconfiguration, and cybersecurity protection. The master’s degree  in Computer Engineering will prepare you to:
• Design and analyze complex computer chips that will power tomorrow’s technology;

Computer Science, MS

The Master of Science in Computer Science offers students the opportunity to combine a sound foundation in computer science with concentrated knowledge in the latest developments in particular areas. The graduate program leading to an MS in Computer Science prepares students for research and professional practice in computer science and related technologies.

Data Analytics Engineering, MS

The Masters in Data Analytics Engineering is designed to provide students with an understanding of the technologies and methodologies necessary for data-driven decision-making. Topics cover data mining, information technology, statistical models, predictive analytics, optimization, risk analysis, and data visualization.

Digital Forensics, MS

Digital forensics is a discipline addressing the collection, processing, and analysis of digital information so that this information can be admitted as evidence in a court of law. It is interdisciplinaryin its nature with the inclusion of computer engineering, computer science, information technology, law, and ethics. Digital forensics is a key component in criminal, civil, intelligence, and counter-terrorism matters.

Electrical Engineering, MS

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers an MS in Electrical Engineering with specializations in: bioengineering, communications and networking, signal processing, control and robotics, microelectronics/nanoelectronics, and system architectures. The program is committed to high standards of teaching and research excellence in communications, digital systems design, computer networks, microprocessor and embedded systems, distributed computing, signal and image processing, control systems, robotics, intelligent systems, systems integration and microelectronics.

Geotechnical, Construction, and Structural Engineering, MEng

The Master of Engineering (MEng) program in combined Geotechnical, Construction, and Structural Engineering (GeoConStruct) was designed in collaboration with leading engineers in practice to develop a course of study that recognizes that geotechnical engineering, construction engineering, and structural engineering are practiced together and should be taught together in an integrated manner. Its purpose is to educate engineers for practice, for excellence in design and execution now, laying the groundwork for practice demands 25 years from now.

Information Security and Assurance, MS

The Department of Computer Science’s MS degree in Information Security and Assurance prepares graduates to fill the current and future need for information security and assurance professionals. Graduates work in a wide variety of capacities, protecting the information systems of different types of organizations and supporting the nation’s information infrastructure. Students are provided with the general and technical knowledge and skills to understand the relationship between information security and advancing information systems technology.

Information Systems, MS

This professional degree program focuses on the technical, managerial and policy issues associated with designing, building and maintaining information systems in organizations. Data, information and knowledge are crucial to the modern enterprise, and this program addresses both the theoretical and engineering aspects of specifying, designing, implementing and managing large-scale information systems.

Management of Secure Information Systems, Executive MS

The Executive Management of Secure Information Systems MS, an interdisciplinary program offered by the Volgenau School of Engineering, the School of Business, and the Schar School of Policy and Government; prepares professionals for the challenges of modern computerized information systems that have become increasingly complex and vulnerable to cyber-attacks, resulting in a significant number of government regulations.

Operations Research, MS

The program prepares students for research and professional practice associated with the formulation, analysis, and computer implementation of mathematical models of operational systems. Features of the program include mathematical programming, queueing and network theories, computer simulation and modeling, applied and computational probability, and the application of these to realistic problems. Students are expected to become proficient in these areas, as well as in supporting areas of information technology necessary to implement OR analysis approaches.

Total credits: 30

Software Engineering, MS

The MS in Software Engineering’s mission is to teach students to become leaders in engineering high quality, large scale, computing solutions to real life problems. The program provides specialized knowledge and experience in developing and modifying large, complex software systems, emphasizing technical and management aspects of software engineering development.

Statistical Science, MS

The Statistical Science MS trains students in the theory and practice of statistical methodology, particularly as it relates to high-technology applications. Statistical science is regarded as one of the oldest and most successful information technology (IT) subjects. It focuses on the conversion of raw data into information. Coursework emphasizes applied statistics, applied probability, and statistical inference, with elective options in mathematics, operations research, and others.

Systems Engineering, MS

This degree emphasizes both analytical and practical aspects of engineering complex systems. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in several quantitative modeling disciplines, and to master practical aspects of systems design, engineering and management. The program prepares students for a professional career in systems design, development, and management, associated with problem formulation, issue analysis, and the evaluation of alternative courses of action, as well as advanced graduate study.

 

Telecommunications, MS

The MS in Telecommunications program combines engineering-oriented courses in wireless and fiber communications systems, networks, computers, and Internet protocols, and courses on telecommunications policy, legal, business, and international aspects. This interdisciplinary program is designed for students who wish to enter the field of telecommunications or are working in the field and want to advance their professional knowledge. It concentrates on practical applications, engineering and IT, in combination with business and policy.

Graduate Certificates

Advanced Networking Protocols for Telecommunications, Graduate Certificate

This graduate certificate program is designed for those interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of advanced protocols used in a variety of telecommunications networks. While most students earn the certificate as part of their MS in Telecommunications, it is possible to earn the certificate without pursuing the MS.

Applied Cyber Security, Graduate Certificate

This certificate offers courses in key elements of cyber security. It is designed for professionals who work for, or in support of, U.S. federal agencies, and provides post-bachelor’s academic preparation for students who may not wish to complete a full master’s degree program, as well as for master’s graduates who wish to take the topic-specific courses that the certificate provides.

Applied Statistics, Graduate Certificate

This certificate trains students in data analysis and statistical methodology.  It is intended to complement PhD and MS programs outside the Department of Statistics. It is also intended to be responsive to the needs of those who teach or work in government/industry and want to increase their knowledge of statistics.

Architecture-Based Systems Integration, Graduate Certificate

This certificate is available to students who hold bachelor’s degrees in engineering and scientific disciplines or have graduate status in such programs. Admission requirements are identical to those for the master’s degree in systems engineering.

Command, Control, Communications, Computing, and Intelligence, Graduate Certificate

C4I systems are concerned with gathering, retrieving, analyzing, and disseminating time-sensitive information to achieve mission-critical objectives. These systems support military operations across the spectrum of conflict, intelligence operations, transportation monitoring, emergency response, drug interdiction, and law enforcement, among others. C4I systems include the equipment, people, and procedures necessary to accomplish the mission. The equipment may include a variety of sensors, communications systems, and information processing and decision-support systems.

Communications and Networking, Graduate Certificate

This 15-credit certificate program combines six foundation and nine specialization credits to give professionals increased competency in this complex and growing field. You’ll gain greater understanding of random processes in electrical and computer engineering and computer networks and protocols. Beyond these foundations, you’ll choose three elective subjects to build specialized knowledge. Course work is at the graduate level, and is creditable to and a great starting point for a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering.

Computational Modeling, Graduate Certificate

This certificate program provides knowledge, tools, and techniques to those who work or plan to work in the field of computational modeling. Courses taken for this certificate program can count toward a master’s degree in operations research or statistics or a PhD in computational sciences and informatics. Students must be concurrently enrolled in the program for courses to count toward the certificate and the other degree.

Data Analytics, Graduate Certificate

The certificate is intended for students who are interested in addressing the challenge of transforming the massive data arising in applications such as business analytics, cyber defense/forensics, energy, finance, genomics, health care, intelligence, law enforcement, or transportation, into meaningful information. The program is intended for graduate students in areas where applications of big data may arise.

Federal Statistics, Graduate Certificate

The federal statistics certificate is intended to respond to the need for broad training in statistics, survey methods, and data analysis, including graphics and data visualization. The program is extremely flexible and can be tailored to the needs of students within the federal statistical sector. It is also intended to be responsive to the needs of those in state and local governments, and those in the private sector involved in the collection, interpretation, or statistical analysis of federal data.

Financial Systems Engineering, Graduate Certificate

Financial systems engineering is a cross-disciplinary field that relies on mathematical finance, numerical methods, and computer simulations to make trading, hedging, and investment decisions, as well as facilitating the risk management of those decisions. The Graduate Certificate in Financial Systems Engineering is intended for students who want to advance their knowledge in global financial systems, financial engineering, and financial decision analysis.

Foundations of Information Systems, Graduate Certificate

This certificate program is designed primarily for students who earned an undergraduate degree in an area other than information systems and are interested in acquiring solid foundations to pursue further education and a career in information systems, software engineering, information security and assurance, or a related discipline.

Information Security and Assurance, Graduate Certificate

This graduate certificate program is for students interested in science and methods for ensuring secrecy, integrity, availability, and legitimate use of information systems. The certificate may be pursued concurrently with any of the graduate programs in the Volgenau School.

Intelligence Technologies, Graduate Certificate

This graduate certificate offers courses in key elements of intelligence analysis. Designed for professionals who work for, or in support of, intelligence community agencies, it provides additional academic preparation for post-bachelor’s students who may not wish to complete a full master’s program, as well as for master’s graduates who wish to take the area-specific courses a certificate provides.

Military Operations Research, Graduate Certificate

This program provides knowledge, tools, and techniques to those who work or plan to work in the field of military operations research. It is appropriate for students who cannot complete requirements for a master’s degree in operations research, but who want a concentrated study of military modeling. Admissions requirements are identical to those for the master’s degree in operations research.

Networks, System Integration and Testing, Graduate Certificate

This certificate provides graduate students with the opportunity to reach a demonstrated level of competence in computer networks, system integration, and software testing. Course work toward the graduate certificate may be used for credit toward the MS in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering degrees; however, the certificate’s primary purpose is to provide a well-defined program for students who want to advance their knowledge of modern networks, systems integration and testing, but do not necessarily want to complete requirements for the MS degree.

Signal Processing, Graduate Certificate

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in conjunction with the Department of Statistics, offers the certificate in signal processing, which provides graduate students with an opportunity to reach a demonstrated level of competence in signal processing. Course work for the graduate certificate can be used for credit toward the MS in Statistical Science, as well as the MS in Electrical or Computer Engineering.

Software Engineering, Graduate Certificate

This graduate certificate program provides knowledge, tools, and techniques to those who are working in or planning to work in software engineering but do not want to complete requirements for a master’s degree in the field. The certificate may be pursued concurrently with any of the graduate degree programs in the Volgenau School.

Systems Engineering for Software-Intensive Systems, Graduate Certificate

The program is designed to teach students the infrastructure of Systems Engineering, which involves the integration of electronics, mechanics, ergonomics, aerodynamics, software, etc., into a coherent and effective system. Students may pursue the certificate concurrently with any graduate degree program in the School of information Technology and Engineering.

Tactical Computer Operations, Graduate Certificate

Tactical Computer Operations is a discipline involving the offensive side of computer and forensics operations. Expertise in this field includes the ability to understand and work at the operating system kernel level, understand and work with shared libraries and application program interfaces, manipulation of network traffic at the frame level, network stack redirection, anti-forensic obfuscation, penetration engineering, and reverse engineering.

Telecommunication Forensics and Security, Graduate Certificate

The objective of this certificate is to provide an in-depth understanding of security and forensics as they apply to networks and digital storage media.

Web-based Software Engineering, Graduate Certificate

This graduate certificate program provides knowledge, tools, and techniques to those who are working in or plan to work in software engineering but do not want to complete requirements for a master’s degree in the field. The certificate may be pursued concurrently with any of the graduate degree programs in the Volgenau School.

Doctoral Degrees

Bioengineering, PhD

The doctoral program in bioengineering is designed to prepare future leaders in bioengineering. The terms bioengineering and biomedical engineering often have been used synonymously, referring to the application of engineering techniques to solve problems in biology and medicine. Rapid advances in understanding the molecular bases of disease have opened up new opportunities to advance human health through research that integrates knowledge in modern biology, engineering, physics, and computer science.

Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering prepares students for advanced leadership positions in research and development in the public or private sector, academics, or government. Students may elect to study in the areas of: environmental and water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, or transportation engineering. Both part-time and full-time study is available.

Total credits: 72

Computer Science, PhD

Doctoral study in Computer Science offers students the opportunity to combine a sound foundation in computer science with concentrated knowledge in the latest developments in particular areas. The program includes both fundamentals and advanced work in the areas of artificial intelligence and databases, programming languages and software engineering, systems and networks, theoretical computer science, and visual computing. 

Total credits: 72

Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD

The PhD program in Electrical and Computer Engineering educates students to do original research on ECE topics and become technical leaders in their fields. Students may choose research areas such as communications, networking, computer engineering, control and robotics, signal processing, micro/nano-electronics, and bioengineering. The ECE PhD program requires course work, a qualifying exam, a teaching assignment, a dissertation proposal and research competency exam, a research seminar, dissertation research, and a dissertation defense.

Information Technology, PhD

The program encompasses all aspects of information technology and the branches of engineering most closely associated with information and engineering.  Our focus on the science, engineering, and technology of information processing complements and enhances traditional approaches to engineering that are more strongly based on the physical and material sciences. The Information Technology PhD program is broad, and includes several specific concentrations.

Statistical Science, PhD

Mason’s PhD in Statistical Science emphasizes mathematical theory, computation, and data analysis. Coursework focuses on algorithm and simulation, measure and linear space, probability theory, and mathematical statistics. The program prepares students for careers in research as well as in industry and government, for positions such as senior statistician, senior data scientist, or senior biostatistician.

Systems Engineering and Operations Research, PhD

Mason’s doctoral program in Systems Engineering and Operations Research offers a unique integration of systems engineering and operations research. This integration gives students a strong analytical and computational capability and an overarching systems perspective that is well-grounded in application. The program prepares students for leadership positions in research and development in government, industry, research organization, and academia.

Total Credits: 72

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