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Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

The BS in Computer Science Program (BS CS) provides a rigorous foundation in both the theoretical and practical aspects of computing. Core computer science courses provide the students with an intensive background in writing complex software systems and in the design and interconnection of computers. Electives are available from various areas in computer science – including multimedia, MIS and software engineering, networks and wireless systems, web-based systems, computer engineering, and computational science. These are designed so that the students can either take courses from several areas or specialize in a particular area.

Students are provided extensive access to state-of-the-art facilities, including Windows and Linux-based PCs and servers with high speed connectivity to the Internet, a campus-wide wireless network that allows access to the Internet from laptops and PDAs, and the latest in software from Microsoft, Sun (Java), Oracle, Adobe, Macromedia, and other leading software companies.

Throughout the four years of study, the students are constantly expected to innovate and to contribute to technology. Thus, graduates of the program can expect to be well prepared for graduate studies abroad or to become the systems designers and network administrators of software development firms and MIS/ICT departments of corporations.

Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems

The BS in Management Information Systems (BS MIS) program is designed to produce future Chief Information Officers (CIOs) – professionals who can harness information technology to meet business objectives. A joint offering of the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science (DISCS) and the John Gokongwei School of Management, students in this program enroll in computer science courses, management engineering courses, and core MIS network courses, and are provided with access to the latest in software, hardware, and network technologies. The program promotes MIS as a field and as a career, discusses the tools necessary for the profession, and provides in-depth analyses of the issues surrounding MIS operations.

BS MIS caters to students who are interested in the application of computers to business organizations and to students who wish to pursue a management course with extensive exposure to computing. Graduates from the program find immediate employment as system analysts, project managers, applications programmers, and information technology support personnel in local as well as in multinational corporations.

Master of Science in Computer Science

The program leading to a Master of Science degree in Computer Science is research-oriented and consequently requires full-time study. The program curriculum consists of a set of required courses, major courses to provide the specialization within the program and electives. Towards the end of the program, the student will need to defend a thesis on a selected topic.

Master in Information Technology

The Master in Information Technology program is a non-thesis terminal program for information technology educators who need to upgrade their knowledge and skills. The department has created this program in line with the Faculty Development Program of the Commission on Higher Education. The MIT curriculum of the department is a graduate program composed of 42 units of coursework consisting of bridging courses (12 units), courses in the field of concentration (6 units) and electives (24 units). The electives maybe any 8 graduate courses offered or accredited by the department. The MIT Program is a content course, as opposed to the education course. Students will be taught computer science, not how to teach computer science. It will provide IT educators with increased training in core computer concepts, theories and technology thus increasing their competencies.

5 Year BS Major in Computer Science/ BS major in Management  Information  Systems –  MS  Computer  Science
5 Year BS CS/BS MIS - MS CS Program

The programs combine our existing undergraduate programs (BS Computer Science and BS Management Information Systems) with our graduate program (MS Computer Science). No revisions in either curriculum have been made and there are no credit overlaps between two degrees. The undergraduate degree will be awarded at the end of the student’s fourth year, while the graduate degree will be awarded at the end of the fifth year. In essence, the undergraduate students under the BS-MS program will take graduate courses during their senior year, so that a student can realistically complete his/her master’s degree after an additional one year and two summers. Some rearrangements have been made on the scheduling of courses during the fourth year to accommodate graduate courses, in particular.

The BSCS-MSCS and BSMIS-MSCS five year programs would be beneficial for the students who originally wished to pursue their Masters of Science in Computer Science degree after finishing their Bachelor’s degree. The 5-year programs provide students with the opportunity to earn their Master of Science degree in 5 years along with their respective Bachelor’s degree in either Computer Science or Management Information Systems. In contrast, enrolling in the graduate program after their respective 4-year college courses would allow them to finish their MSCS in approximately 6-7 years from their college freshman year. The 5-year program significantly cuts down the number of years for them to obtain the MS degree in Computer Science.

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science

The Department of Information Systems and Computer Science of the Ateneo de Manila University offers a Ph.D. program in Computer Science. This program is directed at students who intend to pursue careers in computer science research and education. Using a combination of instructional delivery and assessment techniques such as traditional classroom instruction, laboratory work, online learning, and seminar courses, the students will hone their competencies in computer science fundamentals and develop their capacity to undertake independent research. .

The program is open to applicants with bachelors’ degrees in Computer Science or related fields. Master’s students or graduates may also apply. Crediting of master’s-level courses is subject to the department’s discretion.

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