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Department of Computing Sciences Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Villanova University

  • Villanova, PA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 30%70%
    student ratio
  • 92
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 87%
    acceptance rate
  • 2 Degrees
    degrees offered

Overview

Computing Sciences Graduate Programs at Top-Ranked Villanova

Villanova University is one of the nation's premier institutions of higher education and the oldest and largest Catholic university in Pennsylvania.

Situated just 12 miles outside of Philadelphia, among some of the most exclusive colleges and universities in the nation, Villanova is a central part of the area's intellectual community and is consistently ranked by "U.S. News and World Report" as having one of the top master's degree programs in the northern region.

Graduate Programs in Computing Sciences

Villanova's Department of Computing Sciences offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Computer Science, an M.S. in Software Engineering, the Bachelor of Science/Master of Science Integrated Program, and certificates in specific computing areas.

Approximately 100 students are currently enrolled in the program. Students entering the program must be proficient in computer programming and have a background in computer architecture and in mathematics.

Variety of Roles for Graduates

Graduates of Villanova's computing sciences program include the CEOs of software development and game manufacturing companies, a vice president for IT at Fidelity Investments, and many technical staff members at Lockheed Martin, Apple Computer, Cisco Systems, GlaxoSmithKline, Honeywell, Paine Webber, QVC, AT&T Government Systems, and Microsoft.

Exciting Student-Faculty Research Opportunities

Graduate students in the computing sciences program enjoy outstanding research opportunities and collaborations, working with faculty members and supporting their grants. Current projects include robot control systems for Mindstorms robots, personalization techniques for Internet searches, and real-time network reconfiguration and repair.

The department's Center of Excellence in Enterprise Technology recently received a $4.3 million grant for a collaborative research project with Gestalt, LLC, that provides additional research opportunities for graduate students.

In addition, the Department of Computing Sciences maintains research laboratories in areas of artificial intelligence, software engineering, multimedia systems, and information retrieval/digital libraries.

M.S. in Computer Science

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in computer science provides expertise in applied and basic computing through its course offerings in computer systems, theory, languages, and algorithms.

The degree requirements comprise 10 three-credit courses, including a required independent study course in which the student explores a computing topic under the guidance of a faculty adviser.

Required courses for the M.S. in Computer Science are: Foundations of Algorithms and Data Structures, Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Linguistics of Programming Languages, Computer Systems, Theory of Computability, and Independent Study.

Students also must choose 4 electives approved for the degree. Electives include the thesis course, designed to extend the independent study work into a full master's thesis.

M.S. in Software Engineering

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in software engineering provides students with the practical knowledge and experience needed to specify, design, develop, and maintain today's software systems, as well as the theoretical knowledge that informs the practice.

Required courses for the M.S. in Software Engineering are Foundations of Algorithms and Data Structures, Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Linguistics of Programming Languages, Computer Systems, Theory of Computability, and Independent Study.

Students also must choose 4 electives approved for the degree. Electives include the thesis course, designed to extend the independent study work into a full master's thesis -- an attractive options for students considering further graduate education.

Students may also choose to participate in the practicum track that adds a 1-credit course to the requirements. This track requires work experience in a related field.

Graduate Certificates Offered

Villanova offers 4 graduate certificates in computing sciences, which are independent of the master's degree program. Students may be enrolled in a certificate program, or in the M.S. degree program, or both. However, students pursuing a certificate without the degree must still meet the general prerequisites for all courses in that certificate program.

Certificates may be earned in the following topic areas: knowledge-based systems, networks, systems programming, and Web technologies.

Each certificate requires 5 courses, including an independent study in the topic area, which must be approved by the certificate coordinator.

B.S./M.S. Integrated Degree Program Offered

The Department of Computing Sciences supports 2 dual degree options. These programs allow students to earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science and a Master of Science (M.S.) in either Computer Science or Software Engineering, in just 5 years instead of 6.

The programs are open to current undergraduate computer science majors, who typically apply to participate in the second semester of their sophomore year.

A Faculty of Academics and Computing Professionals

The department currently employs 15 full-time faculty members who are deeply committed to the mission of excellence in pedagogy and research. Their diversity and experience provide a rich environment for growth and learning.

Most of the 20 adjunct faculty members are computing professionals from high-tech companies in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Tuition and Scholarships

Fifteen full-time graduate students in the Department of Computing Sciences are accepted each year as graduate assistants or tuition scholars.

Graduate assistantships provide tuition remission and stipends in exchange for working 20 hours per week in the department as teaching or research assistants or as systems support or office support staff members. Tuition scholarships award full remission of tuition and academic fees in exchange for 7 hours of work per week.

Culturally Rich Region

Villanova University is located in the heart of a Philadelphia suburban region known as the Main Line, which comprises several affluent towns west of the city. The region has produced generations of intellectual, social, business, entertainment, and community leaders.

No on-campus housing is available to graduate students, but there are many apartment complexes in the area and a guide to finding housing can be found on the student services page of the Graduate Studies web site. Regional rail service is available from the Villanova campus to downtown Philadelphia, where students can experience one of the most culturally and historically rich cities in the nation.


Location & Contact

Department of Computing Sciences

Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Villanova University

800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1699
United States

Dr. Vijay Geholt

Chair

Phone: 610-519-5843

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Software Engineering Master of Science (MS)
    • Computer Science Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 45
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Optional and independent study project
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

87% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 39
    • Accepted 34
    • Acceptance Rate 87
    • Enrolled 17
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline May 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 15th Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, minimum GPA of 3.0, 3 recommendation letters
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableScholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students92
    • Female Percentage30%
    • Male Percentage70%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students92
    • Part-time Percentage35%
    • Full-time Percentage65%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino2%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian82%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian10%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander2%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown4%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty12
    • Full-time Percentage83%
    • Part-time Percentage17%
    • Female Percentage25%
    • Male Percentage75%

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