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FSU’s MS in Applied Computer Science Now Available Fully Online

Starting with the spring 2015 semester, students will be able to earn a Master of Science in Applied Computer Science degree through Frostburg State University from almost anywhere. FSU recently received approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to offer the program as a fully online degree option alongside the existing face-to-face program.

FSU’s MS in Applied Computer Science Program has been in existence since 2000. Online delivery for the program further addresses the recognized shortage of higher-level computer science professionals in the region and the state. Online delivery will enable students to quickly and conveniently complete coursework without interrupting their employment or personal commitments.

“The role Frostburg State University plays in Western Maryland has never been more significant, and the future economic prosperity of the region depends on the University’s growth and vitality,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “FSU is keenly aware of the importance of developing a highly educated and technologically competent workforce needed to meet the needs of today’s knowledge economy.”

FSU’s applied computer science master’s degree provides the necessary skills needed to meet demand in the technologically sophisticated workplace, with a focus on applied technical skills. The program offers the opportunity to specialize in one of two concentrations: the database concentration, which provides a comprehensive approach to detailed study in database, data mining and data warehousing; and the general concentration, which provides a broad applied knowledge in computer networking and communications, software engineering, databases, modern web development instruments and computing security concepts.

The structure of the online program is designed to allow students to balance employment and other life commitments while they complete the program, which can be completed in as little as two years for a part-time student and 12 months for a full-time student. FSU’s tuition and fees are comparatively less expensive than those at many other institutions, and courses are available year-round.

To apply for the program, contact the Office of Graduate Services at 301-687-7053 or or visit For questions about the program’s curriculum, contact Dr. George B. Rinard, chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technologies and the graduate program coordinator, at or 301-687-4719.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.


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