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Master of Digital Sciences

The Master of Digital Sciences degree is a professional master’s degree for graduates from a wide range of backgrounds. A Bachelor's degree in Digital Sciences is not required for admission, and students may enter in any semester.

The Master of Digital Sciences program is designed to augment a student's skill set, opening the door to new career opportunities for students from diverse undergraduate backgrounds. Introductory courses expose students to graduate topics outside their undergraduate field, and six concentrations allow them to study one area in more depth. Electives provide an opportunity for customization, and the degree culminates with either an individual capstone project or a formal thesis.

The Master of Digital Sciences degree program requires a minimum of 32 credit hours of graduate-level coursework including 9-10 credits of major requirements, 9-10 credits of concentration requirements, 7-8 credits of approved electives in the digital sciences or related programs, and 6 credits of Thesis or Capstone plus electives as describe below.

Note that the required courses for the Data Science, Enterprise Architecture, and Digital Systems Training Technology concentrations are generally delivered in an online format, while the required courses for the Digital Systems Management, Digital Systems Software Development, and Digital Systems Telecommunication Networks concentrations are generally delivered in an in-classroom format.

 

The major program requirements and concentration requirements are summarized informally below.  For the full formal descriptions, please see these sections in the Kent State University 2013 - 2014 Catalog:

Informal lists of course descriptions can be found in the Courses menu item on the left.  This menu contains three lists:

 

MAJOR PROGRAM (BREADTH) REQUIREMENTS:

Students must choose and complete 3 of the 6 courses listed below:

I. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (23 credits)
Course Title
Credits
Choose from the following: 9-10
CS 61002  Algorithms and Programming I (4)  
DSCI 61010 Enterprise Architecture (3)  
  64210 Data Science (3)  
ITEC 67403 Instructional Design (3)  
MIS 64042 Globalization and Technology Strategy (3)  
TECH 56350 Network Management and Design Technology (3)  

NOTE -- CS 61002 has a prerequisite of CS 61001, which is no longer offered by the Computer Science Department, but will prevent you from enrolling in CS 61002.  The Computer Science Department will drop this prerequisite during the coming academic year, but in the meantime, students who want to register for CS 61002 Algorithms and Programming I should contact Marcy Curtiss via email (curtiss@cs.kent.edu) or phone (330-672-9047) and request a permit to register for the course.

NOTE -- MIS 64042 was renamed from Management Information Systems to Globalization and Technology Strategy effective Fall 2013.

 

THESIS / NON-THESIS OPTION:

Both a Thesis and Non-Thesis option are available.  The Thesis option includes a 6-credit Thesis, while the Non-Thesis option includes a 3-credit Capstone course and 3 additional credits of Approved Electives in Digital Sciences.

Choose from the following Thesis or Non-Thesis Option: 6
DSCI 60998 Capstone Project in Digital Sciences (3)
and Elective in Digital Sciences (3) (Non-Thesis Option)
 
DSCI 69199 Thesis I (6) (Thesis Option)  

 

APPROVED ELECTIVES:

All students must take 7-8 credits of Approved Electives in Digital Sciences or a related area.

 

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS:

The Enterprise Architecture concentration focuses on the business goals, processes, and technology infrastructure needed by an organization and the alignment of the processes and infrastructure with the goals of the business.

The required courses for this concentration are generally delivered in an online format.

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (9 credits)
Course Title Credits
DSCI  62010 Business Architecture 3
  64010 Data Architecture 3
  65010 Application and Technology Architecture 3
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 9

 

The Digital Systems Software Development concentration focuses on the software applications needed by an organization and the design and maintenance of software systems that are aligned with the goals of the business.

The required courses for this concentration are generally delivered in an in-classroom format.

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (10 credits)
Course Title Credits
CS 61003 AAlgorithms and Programming II 3 4
  63901 Software Engineering Methodologies 3
DSCI  65010 Application and Technology Architecture 3
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 10

3. May be replaced by another CS course for students with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. Students should consult their advisor in the School of Digital Sciences for acceptable substitute.

 

The Digital Systems Telecommunication Networks concentration focuses on the communication infrastructure needed by an organization and the design and management of a telecommunication system and computer network to meet those needs

The required courses for this concentration are generally delivered in an in-classroom format.

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (9 credits)
Course Title Credits
TECH 56411 Requirements Engineering and Analysis Technology
3
  64312 Advanced Wireless Telecommunication System and Network Technologies 3
  66380 Advanced Networking 3
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 9

 

The Digital Systems Management concentration focuses on the technical leadership needed by an organization and the management of information services in a rapidly changing global economy

The required courses for this concentration are generally delivered in an in-classroom format, although some courses may also be delivered in an online format occasionally.

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (9 credits)
Course Title Credits
MIS 64080 Emerging Hardware and Software Technologies 3
  64083 Information Security: A Managerial Perspective 3
  64158 Leadership and Managerial Assessment 3
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 9

 

The Digital Systems Training Technology concentration (formerly Digital Science Cognition and Communication) focuses on the educational applications needed by an organization and the design and management of instructional systems to meet those needs.

The required courses for this concentration are generally delivered in an in-classroom forma

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (9 credits)
Course Title Credits
ITEC 67425 Managing Technological Change 3
Choose from the following: 3
ITEC 67410 Simulation-Games in Education (3)  
  67435 Virtual Reality (3)  
Choose from the following: 3
ITEC 67432 Designing Multimedia for Instruction (3)  
  67437 Web Development for Educators (3)  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 9

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

For information on the admission requirements for the Master of Digital Sciences, and the application process, please see the Graduate program web page.