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New master’s degree in computer science meets digital-age demands

Dr. Robert Nix joined OC’s computer science faculty this fall.
Dr. Robert Nix joined OC’s computer science faculty this fall.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) has launched its seventh graduate program, a master of science degree in computer science.

Nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the MSCS program could have as many as 70 students enrolled for the upcoming spring semester.

“Today, every business needs computer scientists. We’re in the business of training future computer scientists that will meet the demands of the digital world,” said David North, OC’s director of computer science advancement. “We’re excited to provide opportunities for computer professionals and recent graduates to enhance their skills and knowledge.”

Oklahoma Christian designed the program for working adults, who can take classes one or two nights a week and earn their MSCS degree in as little as one year.

Tuition costs $540 per credit hour for domestic students and $580 per credit hour for international students, giving Oklahoma Christian one of the most affordable MSCS programs in the state. 

“This program meets the needs of working professionals because of its convenience and affordability,” Assistant Professor of Computer Science Robert Nix said. “But the applied nature of OC’s program offers even greater benefits. Because our curriculum and approach are industry-driven, professionals get the practical tools to move ahead in their careers.”

Forty-five students began OC’s MSCS program this fall with core courses in the university’s Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science.

OC also offers a BS/MS option that allows aspiring computer professionals to earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science in just five years.

“The huge need for highly-skilled computer professionals in this digital age is clear. We see it in the headlines and we hear it in our conversations with industry leaders,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Oklahoma City’s growth as a center for big-league technology companies puts OC graduates in a prime position to make an impact in the field.”

Computer science is one of the most lucrative and fastest-growing job fields. CNN, Money Magazine, and U.S. News and World Report list multiple computer science professions – including computer systems analysis, database development, information security analysis, software architecture, software development, and video game design – among the nation’s top 10 jobs in salary and availability.

Over the last year, Oklahoma Christian added two full-time computer science faculty members in North and Nix. Other full-time faculty members include Don Leftwich, chair of OC’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and Andy Harbert. OC’s adjunct faculty members in computer science include Kelly Crawford, Ralph DeBoard, Nic Grounds and Peter Patton.

More information about the program is available at www.oc.edu/mscs.

The launch of the MSCS program builds on the growth of OC’s undergraduate programs in the field, which focus on new, popular technologies and feature degree tracks in Computer Science, Computer Science with Business, and Computer Science with Gaming and Animation.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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