Florida Poly offers a broadly based and customizable Masters of Science in Computer
Science program that provides students with an advanced computer science education
—with a focus in general computer science or analytics — leading to careers across
a fast-growing sensor, data analytics, and computation-based economy.
The M.S. in Computer Science program attracts both recent college graduates and working
professionals with clear aptitude in mathematics and logical reasoning. Students in
the computer science major write a thesis. Students in the analytics track master
commercial data analytic tools for visualization and analysis techniques.
Education Meets Innovation
The M.S. in Computer Science curriculum prepares students with the necessary skills
for advancing their careers across a range of industry applications: business analytics,
web application development, mobile application development, computer graphics and
animation, game development, robotics, AI and machine learning, computational biology
and medicine, modeling, and cybersecurity.
Concentrations in Computer Science Masters Program
Completing the Computer Science track will prepare you to design and analyze
algorithms to solve problems and study the performance of computer hardware and software.
In addition, it will give you a strong foundation as you encounter a range of problems,
such as determining what problems can be solved with computers and the complexity
of the algorithms that solve them to designing applications that perform well on handheld
devices, that are easy to use, and that uphold security measures.
Completing the Data Science track will help you to identify and formulate key
business challenges, collect and manage data from a variety of sources, select effective
analytical techniques to identify solutions, and communicate results in a clear and
creative way, harnessing the power of data in decision making. Data scientists are
in high demand in a wide range of industries, including information technology, finance,
healthcare, insurance, energy, transportation, manufacturing, telecommunications and
Computer Science Careers
Central Florida and surrounding southeast continue to attract technology start-ups
and research investment, meaning excellent career choices in engineering and computer
The demand for computer professionals nationally shows no sign of slowing, and opportunities
exist in almost every industry. As computer applications continue to expand, occupations
in computer science are projected to be among the fastest growing in the United States
through 2020 and beyond.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projections call for very high growth across a variety
of computing careers, including an estimated22,000 new software development jobs, 12,500 new systems analysts jobs, and 11,000
new computing support jobs.
Computer science graduates have a variety of ways to shape their post-graduation career
path: entrepreneur, web application development, computer graphics, video games, enterprise
computing, embedded systems, network administration, mobile applications, computer
security, computer vision, computational biology, high performance (super) computing,
scientific modeling, database systems, computer animations, wireless networks, artificial
Big Data: Mind-Boggling Facts
At Florida Poly we’re educating the next generation of STEM leaders.
Billion smart connected devices in the world.
Million big data projects already invested by the White House.
Megabytes of data will be created every second for every human being on the planet.
The M.S. in Computer Science program shares faculty and resources with electrical
and computer engineering programs, exposing you to an interdisciplinary learning and
research environment that mirrors industry.
SunTrax is a large-scale, cutting-edge facility dedicated to the research, development, and
testing of emerging transportation technologies in safe and controlled environments.
Many of the opportunities are related to tolling, ITS, and automated and connected
vehicles. Additionally, the entire site is a connected environment for testing Vehicle-to-Infrastructure
(V2I) and Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications.
Applied Research Center
Florida Poly’s 90,000-square-foot Applied Research Center (ARC) was created as a research hub for the Central Florida region to become a magnet for
high-tech development around the school. The Applied Research Center houses research
and teaching laboratories, student design spaces, conference rooms, and faculty offices.
The building also provides study areas for graduate students, and a small amount of
Program Details and Admissions Requirements
Your Master of Science in Computerrequires 30 credits— including 18 credits of core degree requirements, including these six (3 credit)
courses: Scientific Computation and Programming, Advanced Database Systems Design
Credits, Computer Networks Credits, Computation Theory Credits, Advanced Operating
Systems Concepts and Advanced Algorithm Design and Analysis.
Admission to our graduate program is a selective process, and the committee will conduct
a comprehensive review to assess each applicant’s promise for academic success at
Florida Poly. Once the above materials have been submitted, your application will
be reviewed by the Florida Poly Graduate Admission Committee.
Send us your official college transcripts from all of the institutions you’ve attended.
If your cumulative college GPA is below a 3.25, please also submit official GRE scores.
If your cumulative college GPA is a 3.25 or higher, the Graduate Admission Committee
may waive the GRE requirement.
Submit two letters of recommendation.
Submit a Statement of Purpose. This should be a brief summary of your research interests
and goals for the program.
Please send all documents to:
Florida Polytechnic University Office of Admissions 4700 Research Way Lakeland, FL 33805
Upon completion of the Master of Science in Computer Science Degree, Florida Polytechnic
University students will be able to:
Apply knowledge of design IT principles in a defined industry problem.
Conduct research and apply knowledge based on these research skills.
Apply knowledge of managerial skills to coordinate and execute an industry project.
Demonstrate understanding of applied analysis of user requirements, research skills,
managerial skills and IT based knowledge.
Analyze and properly use current computing techniques, methods and theories in an