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Kennesaw State establishes doctoral degree program in computer science


(Feb 8, 2022)
— The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved Tuesday a new doctoral
degree in Kennesaw State’s College of Computing and Software Engineering.  

The new Ph.D. in Computer Science is an innovative program that blends the highest
level of theoretical foundations with the practice of computer science. The program
will focus on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of
computer systems and user interfaces. The program will build on established practices
that enable students to work on real-world research problems and gain valuable work

“This program further builds on the roadmap Kennesaw State has developed to help us
become one of the top R2 research universities in the country. By increasing the number
of programs we offer to students interested in pursuing advanced degrees, and generating
more faculty and student research opportunities, KSU will continue our commitment
to the development of a highly educated workforce for Georgia,” Interim President
Kathy Schwaig said. 

Earlier this month, KSU was again designated as a doctoral university with high research activity, or an R2 university, by the
Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education report. This placed the
institution among the largest suburban research universities in the U.S.  

Employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow
13 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations, according
to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Georgia Department of Labor lists computer
occupations on its “Hot Careers” list as computer-related jobs offer wages above the
state average, have faster than state average job growth, and have at least 400 annual

Kennesaw State’s program requires six credit hours of internship, which will allow
students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world applications. 

“This program supports the College of Computing and Software Engineering’s desire
to produce cutting-edge researchers and well-prepared educators in high-demand computing
areas,” Dean Sumanth Yenduri said. “The program design builds on established practices
by enabling students to work on real-world research problems and gain valuable experiences.”

Students can enroll in the program for the fall 2022 semester.

– Abbey O’Brien Barrows

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu