Why Computer Science?

Our Programs

Kent State University has a long history in Computer Science. We were one of the first four public universities in the state to offer a PhD in Computer Science, and as one of the largest universities in the state, we have a rich array of minors and electives to offer in your pursuit of a degree. We offer six different degree programs for students interested in pursuing a career in computer science:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree program that meets the needs of both the student wishing to pursue a career immediately upon graduation and those students planning for graduate studies in computer science. The curriculum is aligned with the most recent ACM/IEEE-CS curriculum guidelines and as such offers a good balance of practical skills and underlying knowledge necessary for adapting to the ever and often changing needs of technology.
  • A Bachelor of Arts degree program intended to allow students flexibility in combining computer science with other interests. Students in this program are free to select their minor from any subject and potentially utilize the B.A. degree program for double major.
  • The Combined B.S./Master's Program allows undergraduate computer science students early admission into graduate school. Students in a combined program may begin taking graduate courses before completing their Bachelor's degree.
  • The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Computer Science enables students with a bachelor's degree fron another area to enter the many fields that require both computer science skills and skills gained in the student's prior studies. The program requires no prior computer science training and covers a breadth of knowledge in advanced computer science topics that can also be used to solve problems in the field of the student's bachelor's degree.
  • The Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Science provide students with an educational and research environment to develop career paths through necessary training with emerging technologies. Graduates have the technical knowledge and skills necessary for success within the information and high technology industries. The degree supports a Thesis Option, a Non-Thesis Option, and three optional concentrationsComputational Data ScienceComputer Engineering, and Computer Security.
  • The Doctoral Program that promotes research, discovery and integration. It is designed for students interested in becoming professional scholars, college and university teachers, or independent research workers in private, industrial or government research institutions.

Career Prospects

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics cites the high demand for Computer and Information Technology Occupations, summarized as:

"Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 546,200 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security. 

The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $86,320 in May 2018, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $38,640."

Careers in Computing

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the following Computer and Information Technology Occupations in its Occupational Outlook Handbook:

Occupation

Job Summary

2018 Median Pay

Computer Network Architects

Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and Intranets.

$109,020

Software Developers

Software developers create the applications or systems that run on a computer or another device.

$105,590

Information Security Analysts

Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems.

$98,350

Database Administrators

Database administrators (DBAs) use specialized software to store and organize data.

$90,070

Computer Systems Analysts

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and find a solution that is more efficient and effective.

$88,740

Computer Programmers

Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly.

$84,280

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of computer networks.

$82,050

Web Developers

Web developers design and create websites.

$69,430