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Department of Computer Science and Cybersecurity

Design elegant software solutions that change how we work and play. Master the latest cybersecurity tactics and tools to protect organizations big and small. Lead and inspire a team of engineers and programmers to innovate. The University of Central Missouri’s Department of Computer Science and Cybersecurity offers the program to help you achieve your professional goals and excel in the world of computing.

When you join UCM’s Department of Computer Science and Cybersecurity, you become a part of a decades-long tradition of excellence and innovation. Not only do we offer an ABET-accredited Computer Science bachelor’s degree option, we are the first and only department to offer an ABET-accredited undergraduate Software Engineering program in Missouri and the first to offer an ABET-accredited Cybersecurity program — we know what it means to stand out from the crowd and be well regarded. 

Programs in our Department of Computer Science and Cybersecurity, which also include Information Technology, will give you the resources, skills and experience to find an exciting job in one of the fastest-growing and highest-paying industries in the world.

Career-focused curriculum

With engaging courses, internships and professional development opportunities, our Department of Computer Science and Cybersecurity gives students everything they need to enter graduate programs or careers with the confidence and knowledge to excel. We carefully design and update our programs and courses according to valuable input from industry professionals, so that you receive an education that aligns with the latest industry standards.

UCM’s Department of Computer Science and Cybersecurity is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency. In combination with our accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), this designation means that you will leave UCM with a degree that is respected across the country for meeting the high standards set by the nation’s top computing and accreditation organizations.

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Dr. Belinda Copus
Chair
Wilson C. Morris 222C
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, Missouri
Tel: 660-543-4930
Fax: 660-543-8013
copus@ucmo.edu

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Fully ABET-accredited programs

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Disciplines within the Department of Computer Science and Cybersecurity

Pursue your passion for computing and information technology at one of the largest Computer Science departments in Missouri. Undergraduates and graduates receive an exceptional educational experience emphasizing hands-on learning, professional development and community engagement. Whatever your professional dreams are, achieve them with a degree from one of the programs in the Department of Computer Science and Cybersecurity.

 

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Computer Science

 

Are you interested in developing software? Do you want to learn how to create and maintain secure computer networks? Or maybe you love playing computer and video games and want to create the next best game? Dive into the topics that most interest you in student-centered Computer Science programs focused on experiential learning.

 

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Cybersecurity

 

Do you want to keep individuals, companies or even the country safe from cyber attacks? If so, our Cybersecurity programs are an ideal degree path for you. With courses in human computer interaction, network security and computer forensics, you’ll be prepared to design and implement security measures, track malicious activity across networks and keep organizations running efficiently and safely.

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Information Technology

 

Become the backbone of any organization by helping maintain network operations or produce leading-edge cloud- and web-based solutions and products. At UCM, we offer three industry-relevant concentrations to help you get the career in Information Technology you desire. Learn to manage the physical infrastructure and networks, cloud or internet service people rely on day in and out.

 

 

 

 

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Software Engineering

 

Our Software Engineering program offers a balanced combination of computer science and engineering topics to help you develop into a versatile software engineer who can build, test, maintain and improve complex software systems. Enjoy the support of faculty while working in state-of-the-art classrooms.

 

 

About the Department

Departmental Scholarships

A growing number of endowed scholarships are awarded each year to the Department of Computer Science and Cybersecurity majors and minors. The application deadline is usually March 1 of each year. Apply online at https://ucmo.edu/mocents.

For Entering Freshman

Scholarship Name

Minimum Criteria for Eligibility

Department Achievement Award
1. major in one of the school majors
2. ACT >= 23
3. high school GPA 3.5 or higher

Harmon

1. major in Computer Science or Electronics (preference given to double major)
2. completed 3 units of mathematics and/or computer science in high school
3. ACT >= 23
4. Missouri resident

Kennedy

1. declare a major in the department
2. enroll in at least 12 s.h. each semester at UCM

 

For Current Students

Scholarship Name

Minimum Criteria for Eligibility

ACM

1. major in Computer Science
2. ACM member
3. enroll in at least 12 s.h. each semester at UCM
Department Achievement Award
1. major in one of the school majors
2. GPA >=3.2

Griffith

1. major in Computer Science
2. enroll in at least 12 s.h. each semester at UCM

Harmon

1. major in Computer Science or Electronics (preference given to double major)
2. GPA >= 3.0
3. Missouri resident

Moore

1. major in the department
2. junior or senior class
3. GPA >= 3.0 in the major
4. enroll in at least 12 s.h. each semester at UCM

 

Student Organizations

The department sponsors several student organizations. They provide our students with platforms of peer interaction and active participation in out-of-the-classroom experiences. 

Computer Science and Software Engineering 

Association for Computing Machinery 

Upsilon Pi Epsilon 

Cybersecurity 

Cyber Mules, chapter of the National Cybersecurity Student Association 

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Department of Computer Science and Cybersecurity sponsors UCM Esports team. For more information, please click the following link.

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Program Accreditation and Recognition

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The B.S. in Computer Science - Computer Science Option is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

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The B.S. in Cybersecurity program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

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The B.S. in Software Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

Designated as a National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency.


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