Digital Sciences - M.D.S.


236 Mathematics and Computer Science Building
Kent Campus
330-672-9105
digital-science@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/dsci


Description

The Master of Digital Sciences (MDS) degree is a professional master's program 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 the fall or spring 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.

Due to the School's interdisciplinary nature, students have a unique opportunity to gain a graduate-level introduction to several areas aligned with digital sciences. A computer science course covers basic object-oriented programming, while an applied engineering course covers network management and design. An education course gives an overview of instructional design, and a management course explores the basic functions of a business. Digital Sciences courses provide an overview of the newly emerging areas of enterprise architecture and data science.

Six concentrations provide an opportunity for deeper study in one of these areas. Students may continue to study in their undergraduate field or may choose to study in a complementary area. For working professionals, using this concentration to acquire a new skill set or update existing skills may open new career opportunities.

The Master of Digital Sciences comprises the following concentrations:

  • 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 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 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 Data Science concentration focuses on the data analysis and modeling needed by an organization and the processing of structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data using statistical and semantic analysis techniques to meet those needs.
  • 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 Digital Systems Training Technology concentration 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 the Data Science, Enterprise Architecture, and Digital Systems Training Technology concentrations are generally delivered in an online format, and it is possible to complete these degrees online with judicious choice of electives. However, some of these courses are also delivered in an in-person format, so it is possible to complete the degree in person. The required courses for the Digital Systems Software Development, Digital Systems Telecommunication Networks, and Digital Systems Management concentrations are generally delivered in an in-classroom format, so it is not possible to complete these degrees online.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

Applications for both full-time and part-time admission are accepted for the fall or spring semester. Applications for full-time admission are not accepted for the summer semester, but applications for part-time admission are accepted.

Applicants for the Master of Digital Sciences degree are expected to have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale. Applicants with a lower GPA will be considered for conditional admission. The GRE is not required but if taken will be considered in the admission process.

Applicants must submit official transcript(s), current resume, three letters of recommendation, a statement of goals and objectives for pursuing this degree, and (optionally) a statement of plans for electives.

The statement of goals and objectives should explain the applicant's goals and objectives for pursuing this advanced degree. For example, the applicant may want to better prepare for a particular career, to update knowledge in a specific area or to add expertise that will make the applicant more valuable in a current career.

The (optional) statement of plans for electives should explain how the applicant plans to choose the digital sciences related electives to complement the selected concentration and undergraduate major. The applicant should explain how the electives will help to meet the goals and objectives listed in the previous question.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 550 TOEFL score (79 on the Internet-based version), minimum 77 MELAB score, minimum 6.5 IELTS score or minimum 58 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Augment their professional preparation with material from areas of digital sciences outside their former college and professional boundaries.
  2. Demonstrate increased breadth in digital sciences outside their former college and professional boundaries. Depending on the courses chosen, they will be able to demonstrate basic familiarity with enterprise architecture, data science, software development, telecommunication networks, globalization and technology strategy, and instructional design.
  3. Demonstrate increased depth in one area of digital sciences. Depending on the concentration chosen, they will be able to demonstrate some competence in Enterprise Architecture, Data Science, Digital Systems Software Development, Digital Systems Telecommunication Networks, Digital Systems Management, or Digital Systems Training Technology.
  4. Demonstrate the integration of material from different areas in digital sciences, through either a Thesis or a Capstone project.

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
Choose from the following:9-10
ALGORITHMS AND PROGRAMMING I
ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE
DATA SCIENCE
INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN
ESSENTIALS OF BUSINESS MGMT
NETWORK MANAGEMENT AND DESIGN TECHNOLOGY
Approved Electives in Digital Sciences or related area 16-8
Thesis or Non-Thesis Options, choose from the following:6
Non-Thesis Option
CAPSTONE PROJECT IN DIGITAL SCIENCES
Elective in Digital Sciences
Thesis Option
THESIS I
Concentrations
Choose from the following:9-10
Minimum Total Credit Hours:32
1

A list of pre-approved electives is given below. Requests for consideration of other courses as approved electives should be submitted to the student's advisor in the School of Digital Sciences.

Graduation Requirements

  • No more than 18 credits may be taken from any one subject area other than DSCI
Pre-Approved Electives in Digital Sciences or Related Area
Communication Studies
COMM 65661COMMUNICATION IN AN INFORMATION SOCIETY 3
COMM 65675COMMUNICATION, UNCERTAINTY AND PRIVACY MANAGEMENT 3
COMM 65685COMMUNICATION AND COGNITION 3
COMM 65851ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION 3
Computer Science
CS 53203SYSTEMS PROGRAMMING 13
CS 53401SECURE PROGRAMMING 13
CS 56101DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF ALGORITHMS 13
CS 57205INFORMATION SECURITY 13
CS 57221INTRODUCTION TO CRYPTOLOGY 13
CS 61002ALGORITHMS AND PROGRAMMING I 4
CS 61003ALGORITHMS AND PROGRAMMING II 4
CS 63005ADVANCED DATABASE SYSTEMS DESIGN 13
CS 63201ADVANCED OPERATING SYSTEMS 13
CS 63301PARALLEL AND DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING 13
CS 63304CLUSTER COMPUTING 13
CS 63901SOFTWARE ENGINEERING METHODOLOGIES 3
CS 64201ADVANCED ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE 13
CS 64401IMAGE PROCESSING 13
CS 67101ADVANCED COMPUTER GRAPHICS 13
CS 67301SCIENTIFIC VISUALIZATION 13
Digital Sciences
DSCI 51510PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND TEAM DYNAMICS 3
DSCI 51610DIGITAL SYSTEMS SECURITY 3
DSCI 59910EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES IN DIGITAL SCIENCES 1-3
DSCI 59995SPECIAL TOPICS IN DIGITAL SCIENCES 1-4
DSCI 60998CAPSTONE PROJECT IN DIGITAL SCIENCES 3
DSCI 61010ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE 3
DSCI 61310ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE: ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE CENTER OF EXCELLENCE METHODOLOGY 2
DSCI 61510PROJECT MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP 3
DSCI 62010BUSINESS ARCHITECTURE 3
DSCI 64010DATA ARCHITECTURE 3
DSCI 64210DATA SCIENCE 3
DSCI 65010APPLICATION AND TECHNOLOGY ARCHITECTURE 3
DSCI 69992INTERNSHIP IN DIGITAL SCIENCES 21-3
DSCI 69995SPECIAL TOPICS IN DIGITAL SCIENCES 1-4
DSCI 69996INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION IN DIGITAL SCIENCES 1-3
Evaluation and Measurement
EVAL 65510STATISTICS I FOR EDUCATIONAL SERVICES 3
Geography
GEOG 59070GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE 4
GEOG 59076SPATIAL PROGRAMMING 3
GEOG 59080ADVANCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE 3
GEOG 59085WEB AND MOBILE GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE 3
GEOG 59162CARTOGRAPHY AND GEOVISUALIZATION 3
GEOG 59163CARTOGRAPHY AND GEOVISUALIZATION LABORATORY 1
GEOG 69007SPATIOTEMPORAL ANALYTICS 3
GEOG 69082CYBERGIS 3
GEOG 69083GEODATABASES 3
Health Informatics
HI 60401HEALTH INFORMATICS MANAGEMENT 3
HI 60402LEGAL ISSUES IN HEALTH INFORMATICS 3
HI 60403HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS 3
HI 60410HEALTH RECORDS MANAGEMENT 3
HI 60411CLINICAL ANALYTICS 3
HI 60412CLINICAL DECISION SUPPORT 3
Instructional Technology
ITEC 57413DIGITAL VIDEO IN EDUCATION 3
ITEC 57427TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNING 3
ITEC 57430COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN EDUCATION 3
ITEC 67403INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN 3
ITEC 67410SIMULATION-GAMES IN EDUCATION 3
ITEC 67425MANAGING TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE 3
ITEC 67432DESIGNING MULTIMEDIA FOR INSTRUCTION 3
ITEC 67435VIRTUAL REALITY 3
ITEC 67437WEB DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATORS 3
ITEC 67438INSTRUCTIONAL APPLICATIONS OF THE INTERNET 3
ITEC 67442DESIGNING ONLINE COURSES 3
ITEC 67444TEACHING ONLINE COURSES 3
ITEC 67449RESEARCH IN ONLINE LEARNING 3
Knowledge Management
KM 60301FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLES OF KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT 3
KM 60305COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE 3
KM 60311BUSINESS PROCESS MANAGEMENT 3
KM 60312BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE-COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE 3
KM 60315FOUNDATIONS OF DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT 3
KM 60316ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE ASSESSMENT 3
KM 60370SEMANTIC ANALYSIS METHODS AND TECHNOLOGIES 3
Library and Information Science
LIS 60613INFORMATION NEEDS, SEEKING AND USE 3
LIS 60636KNOWLEDGE ORGANIZATION STRUCTURES, SYSTEMS AND SERVICES 3
LIS 60637METADATA ARCHITECTURE AND IMPLEMENTATION 3
LIS 60638DIGITAL LIBRARIES 3
LIS 60644INFORMATION SCIENCE 3
LIS 60645DATABASE SYSTEMS 3
Management and Informaton Systems
MIS 64042GLOBALIZATION AND TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY 2
MIS 64080EMERGING HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES 3
MIS 64081DATA COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKING IN BUSINESS 3
MIS 64082DATABASE MANAGEMENT AND DATABASE ANALYTICS 3
MIS 64083INFORMATION SECURITY: A MANAGERIAL PERSPECTIVE 3
MIS 64158LEADERSHIP AND MANAGERIAL ASSESSMENT 2
Technology
TECH 53222COMPUTER HARDWARE ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE 3
TECH 56330VISUAL BASIC PROGRAMMING IN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY 3
TECH 56350NETWORK MANAGEMENT AND DESIGN TECHNOLOGY 3
TECH 56411REQUIREMENTS ENGINEERING AND ANALYSIS TECHNOLOGY 3
TECH 63010COMPUTER HARDWARE 3
TECH 63020FIBER OPTIC SYSTEMS 3
TECH 63031PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS 3
TECH 63032ADVANCED PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS 3
TECH 63050TRIZ-THEORY OF INVENTIVE PROBLEM SOLVING 3
TECH 64312ADVANCED WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND NETWORK TECHNOLOGIES 3
TECH 65330ADVCANCED VISUAL BASIC PROGRAMMING IN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY 3
TECH 66380ADVANCED NETWORKING 3
Visual Communication Design
VCD 55000GRAPHIC DESIGN PERSPECTIVES 3
VCD 60121USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN IN PRACTICE 3
User Expereince Design
UXD 60001USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTS 3
UXD 60002USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN IN PRACTICE 3
UXD 60101INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE I 3
UXD 60103RESEARCHING THE USER EXPERIENCE I 3
UXD 60104USABILITY I 3
UXD 60110INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES 3
UXD 60113RESEARCHING USER EXPERIENCE II 3
UXD 60114USABILITY II 3
1

Recommended only for students from a computer science background.

2

No more than 3 credit hours of DSCI 69992 may be applied toward approved electives in the Master of Digital Sciences.

Data Science Concentration Requirements

[CI-MDS-DS-DATA]

Concentration Requirements
DSCI 64010DATA ARCHITECTURE 3
KM 60370SEMANTIC ANALYSIS METHODS AND TECHNOLOGIES 3
LIS 60636KNOWLEDGE ORGANIZATION STRUCTURES, SYSTEMS AND SERVICES 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

Digital Systems Management Concentration Requirements

[CI-MDS-DS-DSMT]

Concentration Requirements
MIS 64042GLOBALIZATION AND TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY 2
MIS 64080EMERGING HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES 3
MIS 64158LEADERSHIP AND MANAGERIAL ASSESSMENT 2
Choose from the following:3
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND TEAM DYNAMICS
DIGITAL SYSTEMS SECURITY
INFORMATION SECURITY: A MANAGERIAL PERSPECTIVE
Minimum Total Credit Hours:10

Digital Systems Software Development Concentration Requirements

[CI-MDS-DS-DSSD]

Concentration Requirements
CS 61003ALGORITHMS AND PROGRAMMING II 14
DSCI 65010APPLICATION AND TECHNOLOGY ARCHITECTURE 3
Choose from the following:3
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING METHODOLOGIES 2
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND TEAM DYNAMICS 2
DATABASE MANAGEMENT AND DATABASE ANALYTICS 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:10
1

May be replaced by another CS course on the Pre-Approved Elective list for students with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science.

2

Recommended for students from a computer science background.

3

Recommended for students from a non-computer science background. 

Digital Systems Telecommunication Networks Concentration Requirements

[CI-MDS-DS-DSTN]

Concentration Requirements
TECH 56411REQUIREMENTS ENGINEERING AND ANALYSIS TECHNOLOGY 3
TECH 64312ADVANCED WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND NETWORK TECHNOLOGIES 3
TECH 66380ADVANCED NETWORKING 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

Digital Systems Training Technology Concentration Requirements

[CI-MDS-DS-DSTT]

Concentration Requirements
ITEC 67425MANAGING TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE 3
ITEC 67410SIMULATION-GAMES IN EDUCATION 3
or ITEC 67435 VIRTUAL REALITY
ITEC 67432DESIGNING MULTIMEDIA FOR INSTRUCTION 3
or ITEC 67437 WEB DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATORS
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

Enterprise Architecture Concentration Requirements

[CI-MDS-DS-ENAR]

Concentration Requirements
DSCI 62010BUSINESS ARCHITECTURE 3
DSCI 64010DATA ARCHITECTURE 3
DSCI 65010APPLICATION AND TECHNOLOGY ARCHITECTURE 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9