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Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences

The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, South Carolina and The Citadel offer a joint graduate program leading to a master of science in computer and information sciences. The program is designed to serve a growing professional work force in computer science, cybersecurity, information technology and software engineering in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

The 33-credit-hour program offers four areas of specialization: computer science, cybersecurity, information systems and software engineering.

Courses are taught in the evenings or late afternoons, accommodating the schedules of most professional students. Courses are offered at Harbor Walk East, one night a week, Monday through Thursday, permitting full-time students to schedule up to four courses (12 credit hours) in a semester.

Program Specialization Areas

Choose from four different specialization areas:

Computer Science

Providing a traditional master's degree program that offers a balance between theory and application, the Computers Science specialization prepares students to pursue further coursework that leads to a Ph.D. and preparation for work in software development roles that include elements of architecture and design.


Founded on the academic requirements set forth by the National Security Agency, the Cybersecurity specialization provides students the technical skills and knowledge needed to successfully protect organizational data, investigate data breaches, and develop strategies to prevent data from being compromised.

Information Systems

With an emphasis on analyzing business problems that lend themselves to software solution, the Information Systems specialization prepares students for positions that involve analysis, design, and management of information processing systems.

Software Engineering

Using methodologies for designing and testing medium- and large scale- software systems, the Software Engineering specialization prepares students for software engineering positions that require proficiency in specific areas of the software-development lifecycle: requirements gathering/definition, software quality assurance, and software testing and maintenance.

For admission requirements please refer to the Graduate School website or application checklist.

To Apply, contact the Graduate School  

Any applicant who is a non-US citizen wishing to attend the Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C. as a degree or non-dress seeking student need to visit the International Application page.

All admitted students must have approval from the Program Director or Department Head before registering for any courses in the Computer Science curriculum.

Program Duration

The MS CSIS degree program requires 33 credit hours.
Full time: 1 1/2 to 2 years
Part time: 2 1/2 to 3 years

For additional information

Anthony Leclerc, Ph.D.
Program Director