New spin-off master’s program available in fall 2016

December 2, 2015

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Dr. Qi Yang, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering and coordinator for the Joint International Master’s Program in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, along with the other faculty and staff in the department, have created a spin-off from the JIM program. The new program, also known as the Master of Science in Computer Science program, removes the study abroad requirement to make the program more feasible for students.

The MSCS program is designed to take four semesters of full-time study, where students will complete 36 credits with at least 24 of those being in courses at the 7000 level or above, such as Advanced Operating Systems, Machine Learning or Human-Computer Interaction.

The novel program is also targeting international students, starting with those from China, to further internationalize the UW-Platteville campus. “One major issue is that it is rather difficult for international students to study abroad for one semester,” said Yang. “With the new program not requiring study abroad, it will attract more international students and assist the university in increasing its degree-seeking international students goal.”

Aside from being more feasible for students, the new program will be a much simpler process without the study abroad requirement. “The new program will look much more appealing to both domestic and international students,” said Dr. Dominic Barraclough, director of graduate studies and academic projects at UW-Platteville. “Instead of international students coming to UW-Platteville and then having to complete a study abroad requirement in Germany or Australia, they can just come to the U.S. and complete the program.”

The Office of International Programs at UW-Platteville and the six international faculty members in the computer science department will actively recruit students for the new MSCS program, including a trip to three major cities in China in December.

“Most U.S. computer science students don’t see the graduate program as a need, but the international students do,” said Barraclough.

The program will be available in the fall semester of 2016 for students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in computer science.

Written by: Carly Willman, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, 608-342-1194, willmanc@uwplatt.edu

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