Master of Computer and Information Technology in SEAS

The Trustees approved a resolution at their February meeting establishing a new professional degree, the Master of Computer and Information Technology program, to be administered through the Department of Computing and Information Science. The faculty of SEAS has approved the proposal and the new degree program has been endorsed by the Academic Planning and Budget Committee and the Provost.

The rapid growth in information technology has prompted an increasing demand for graduate education in computer science by those with backgrounds ranging from biology to fine arts. However, the existing graduate programs in SEAS require strong academic preparation in computer science, usually an undergraduate degree in computer science or related disciplines. The new MCIT program has been designed especially for those with exceptional academic background who lack such preparation. The degree is also suitable for IT professionals who wish to augment their practical skills with an understanding of the foundations of computing.

Students enrolled in the program will take ten courses--six core courses and four electives--that will provide a rigorous education in such areas as modern programming languages, discrete mathematics, the theory of computation, digital system organization, computer architecture, software engineering and artificial intelligence. It is expected that graduates of the program will be ready to enter the IT workforce, carry out interdisciplinary research requiring a solid foundation in computer science, or seek to be admitted into the Master of Science in Engineering degree in Computer and Information Science.

"We've designed MCIT to provide the advanced expertise needed to meet the demands of today's rapidly growing and changing IT world," said Graduate Group Chair, Dr. Val Tannen.

The deadline for applying for fall 2001 is June 1. Applicants should have a strong academic background, including a Bachelor's degree. For more information, visit www.cis.upenn.edu/mcit.


Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 24, February 27, 2001

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