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Computer Science

Computer Science

Program Description

In the Computer Science program, the student is provided with the challenging opportunity of pursuing a versatile course of study reflecting the student’s desires, background, and future responsibilities. The student selects from a variety of specialties, which are covered in depth and which probe the frontiers of engineering and scientific knowledge. Special study courses are available to study emerging technology and its application for solving problems. Advanced concepts and applications are emphasized throughout the program and the thesis research.

The core requirements are focused within a particular sequence area.  These sequences are:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks
  • Database Systems
  • High Performance Computing
  • Cyber Security
  • Software Engineering

Admissions Requirements

Degree Required: ABET-accredited BS degree in Computer Science or a BS in an engineering, science or mathematical field with extensive coursework (24 hours) in Computer Science.

Mathematics Required: Discrete Mathematics, Differential and Integral Calculus

Test Required: GRE - 153V/148Q (within the last five years)

GPA Required: Overall - 3.0; Mathematics - 3.0; Major - 3.0 

Waivers to the above criteria may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, individuals whose academic credentials fall below any of the above criteria are encouraged to apply.

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Outcomes & Objectives

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs):

  • Breadth. Graduates apply foundational scientific concepts and sound engineering principles to efficiently and effectively advance Air Force, Space Force, and DoD technological capabilities

  • Depth. Graduates are well-educated, highly-valued, and successful engineers and scientists

  • Teamwork. Graduates significantly contribute to technical interdisciplinary team projects

  • Professionalism. Graduates professionally communicate technical solutions and results

  • Lifelong Learning. Graduates continue to pursue lifelong multidisciplinary learning as professional engineers and scientists

Program Outcomes (POs):
|Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of computer engineering

  • Communicate technical information clearly by written and oral means

  • Conduct independent research on topics related to computer science, including identifying and scoping a problem, locating and synthesizing relevant published prior work, planning and executing valid research, documenting results, and publishing them

  • Apply the scientific method and use reliable standards of evidence for conclusions reached

  • Independently learn technical details for which they are responsible

Degree Information

Degree Type: Master's


Delivery Method: In-Residence


Degree Requirements

  • Core coursework (16 hours) 
  • Out-of-department sequence (8 hours)
  • Specialty sequences (12 hours)
  • Thesis research (12 hours)

Graduate School Catalog

Faculty Research Areas

  • ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORKS
  • COMPUTATIONAL MATHEMATICS AND OPTIMIZATION
  • HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING
  • HUMAN SYSTEMS INTEGRATION
  • MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING
  • NEURAL NETWORKS
  • STATISTICAL DATA ANALYSIS
  • ADAPTIVE ALGORITHMS
  • ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND MACHINE LEARNING
  • GAME THEORY
  • MACHINE INTELLIGENCE
  • MULTI-AGENT SYSTEMS
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Air Force Institute of Technology
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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433-7765
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