Computer Science & Information Technology

Technology is the core of our global environment, and rapid advancements demand interdisciplinary experts who are flexible and innovative. Our world-class faculty are industry leaders who bring cutting-edge research, theory, and practice to the classroom, merging strategic management with technical competence to create solutions to real-world problems.

Programs in Computer Science and Information Technology at GW

Computer Science (M.S., App.Sc., Engr., Ph.D.)

This program offers students the challenge of going beyond the fundamentals of computing to acquire top-level expertise and compete in the ever-changing industry of computer and information technology. Students choose from a variety of areas of focus, including: algorithms and theory; computer architecture, networks, parallel and distributed computing; database and information retrieval systems; machine intelligence and cognition; multimedia, animation, graphics and user interface; and software engineering and systems. 

Computer Security and Information Assurance (Graduate Certificate)

The objective of the certificate program in computer security and information assurance is to provide a coordinated four-course sequence that emphasizes concepts in computer security, augmented with current industry standard techniques and challenges. It provides an alternative to the full M.S. program for practicing computer scientists and other information technology personnel who wish to extend their education beyond the B.S. level, and to those who wish to acquire up-to-date knowledge in the burgeoning field of computer and network security.

Cybersecurity in Computer Science (M.S.) 

Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, the master’s degree in cybersecurity in computer science provides the strong technical education needed to address the ever-growing need for cyber and information security in government and other large organizations. Students can take courses in the following subjects: network security, information security, cryptography, cryptographic protocols, and management of security.

Cybersecurity Policy & Compliance (M.Eng.)

The program incorporates the latest trends and issues in the field of cybersecurity to provide students with the tools and skills necessary to stay in the forefront of this evolving discipline. Coursework is offered in an online, synchronous format, and includes content on cybersecurity and privacy, security in mobile computing, risk management and compliance, and secure cloud computing.

Cybersecurity Strategy & Information Management (M.P.S.) 

The program provides professionals working in the justice, public safety, and information technology fields with the knowledge and skills they need for career growth and enhancement. The program focuses on policy, best practices and strategies for information technology, data management, and cyber operations, enabling students to use and oversee information systems in the fight against crime, terrorism, and other pressing security issues. This dynamic curriculum was developed in consultation with the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute, the military, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, DC metropolitan law enforcement leaders, and key private organizations in the field.

Digital Forensics  (M.S.)

The digital forensics program prepares students for careers in forensic investigations and digital evidence analysis. It is the fastest growing and highest paid area of study in forensic sciences. The curriculum includes network security, incidence response, malware analysis, mobile devices, and legal aspects of digital forensics. As one of the first digital forensics programs in the country, graduates have gone on to become leading experts and innovators in the field.

Digital Investigations (Graduate Certificate)

Digital investigations trains mid-career information technology and computer security professionals in this digital forensics specialization and/or matriculates them into the Master of Science in digital forensics program. Graduates are equipped with specific intervention skills in incident response, digital forensics and investigative techniques for media devices, such as computers, cell phones and GPS technology. The program’s curriculum is designed to maximize academic and career opportunities in this area of cybersecurity.

Geographical Information Systems (Graduate Certificate)

Students receive a solid foundation in geospatial theory and techniques, combined with the practical skills to apply these techniques to real-world problems in industries such as scientific investigation, resource management, marketing, archaeology, environmental research, urban planning, demography, development, policy, public health, emergency management, and logistics.

High-Performance Computing (Graduate Certificate)

Designed to help computer and interdisciplinary computational engineers and scientists acquire up-to-date knowledge in the advances of computer systems, the program addresses the rapid growth and applications of multicore processors, parallel computers, hardware accelerators, and networking computing as a tool for engineering and scientific modeling.

Information Systems Technology (M.S.I.S.T.)

Today’s IT leaders need a 360-degree perspective of how technology impacts business decisions. Employers in private and public arenas need savvy professionals who understand the mechanics as well as the management of IT systems, and how technology can be harnessed to fulfill critical corporate and organizational goals. Offered on-campus, online, or a combination of both, our degree will equip you with the education and skills needed to succeed at IT industry leaders such as Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and Booz Allen Hamilton.