Applied Computing


The goal of this program is to train the next generation of computing professionals who want to combine computing skills in conjunction with business and information technology. This program is tailored towards students interested in becoming a programmer or learning about programming but do not have a background in computing. This program is also suitable for working professionals that have some kind of scientific training and want to improve their computational skills. (An undergraduate degree in Computer Science is not a requirement to apply to the program.)

Employment Opportunities

The computing and programming employment opportunities are numerous and are expected to increase in the coming years. Students who graduate are qualified to work in the financial industry, engineering industry, IT industry and science industries.

Admissions Requirements

A bachelors degree in any basic science or engineering field, with a GPA of at least 3.0 (a B average). Original transcripts are required.
The following background in basic mathematics is required:

  • One year of calculus (the equivalent of the calculus sequence 50:640:121, 122) and one or more other math courses. Some examples are Probability and Statistics (the equivalent of 50:960:283, 284 or 50:960:336), and Linear Algebra (the equivalent of 50:640:250).
  • Satisfactory performance on the GRE General (Aptitude) Test (original reports required).
  • Two letters of recommendation (see the application forms).

An academic and professional resume and a personal statement (at most one page long) about the candidate's motivation for seeking an MBS degree in Applied Computing. For applicants whose native language is not English, satisfactory performance on the TOEFL. Optionally, other supporting information, such as work or academic experience and special skills.

Course Descriptions

Program Requirements

All st:udents in the Master of Business and Science degree take 8 courses in their science concentration and 7 courses in business+. The business courses are listed here.

Click here to see the Business Course Requirements.

The Applied Computing science courses consists of four required courses and four electives. Students without a sufficient computer science background will be required to take the following courses as part of their program (it will count towards the electives):

56:198:500 Introduction to Programming for Computational Scientists
56:198:501 Introduction to Algorithms for Computational Scientists

Core Courses

Required (all students):
56:198:510 Applied Algorithm Engineering

Choose at least one core course from each of the following areas:

Data Management**:
56:198:551 Database Systems (Spring)
56:198:552 Information Retrieval

56:198:575 Cryptography and Computer Security 
56:198:548 Security in Mobile Computing

Computer Networks**:
56:198:546 Computer Networks
56:198:549 Network Coding

**see the electives for other courses satisfying these requirements

Concentration Coordinators

Dr. Suneeta Ramaswami

Related Concentrations: Electrical & Computer Engineering, Information Technology

The MBS (Master of Business & Science) is a Professional Science Master's Degree combining graduate science courses (MS level) in a particular concentration with courses in business.