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The master degrees being proposed have two main focuses:
- The Master in Computer Science (MCS) has an entrepreneurial focus emphasized through a three credits Project Course.
- The Master of Science in Computer Science (MS CS) has a more research-oriented focus emphasized through a six credits Thesis.
Since the development of the first computer at the Princeton Institute of Advanced Studies by John Von Neumann during the last century, mathematicians have been involved in the development of fundamental concepts related to the use of computers. These discoveries have become the core set of principles in which Computer Science is based. These involve the so called sciences of the artificial which in contrast to traditional physical sciences are unbounded and unconstrained by the laws of physics.
Computer science is a broad area of study that embraces many areas of interest in many phases of the industry and government. Computer science related occupations are in high demand, have an optimum growth and pay high salaries. With a Master degree in Computer Science from PUPR, graduating scientists are trained for top-level positions in the main industries in the island and can compete internationally for top jobs in those areas. The curriculum draws on courses from computer science, engineering, and business administration as well as special topics courses that cover the latest developments in the focus areas. An entrepreneurship component building on innovative research in the described subjects supports the students in creating their own start-up company.
The Master in Computer Science curriculum (both thesis and non-thesis options are designed to meet the following broad guidelines:
- Graduate level institutional standards for courses and students.
- Address local Industry needs.
- A breadth requirement through core courses in graduate level computer science courses.
- A depth requirement, to ensure that the students have a high level of competence in entrepreneurship, research, and project management.
- Special topics that permit further breadth/depth of the student’s area of interest.
- Entrepreneurial project experience under the supervision of a graduate faculty member (non-thesis option).
- Research experience and skills development through a Thesis option that provides students the opportunity for investigation in areas of relevance to the economic development of Puerto Rico in science and technology (S&T).
- Provide the students with contemporary knowledge of the issues and challenges that they will encounter in the computer science field.