Academics

Academics

D. Abbott Turner College of Business

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Mission Statement
D. Abbott Turner College of Business
Columbus State University

The D. Abbott Turner College of Business prepares students to add value to their communities and their employers, predominantly local and regional firms.

As a teaching institution serving a highly diverse student population primarily from west central Georgia, the Turner College of Business is committed to:

  • offering undergraduate and master's level programs in business and computer science;
  • supporting student research and experiential learning ;
  • attracting and retaining an academically qualified faculty who are committed to student learning and continuous improvement;
  • supporting quality teaching, applied research, instructional development, professional service, and community outreach;
  • creating a collegial learning community that promotes individual growth, ethical values, and global awareness among our students, faculty, and staff.

As a teaching institution the assessment of student learning is part of the culture of the College and engages both students and faculty in continuous improvement. The College collects and assesses a robust set of performance data for both business and computer science programs. Reviewed by individual faculty, discipline groups, the College's Assurance of Learning Committee, and administrators, results of these measures are used to make program improvements. Direct measures of student performance include ETS Major Fields Tests in the business programs and computer science graduate program as well as course-embedded measures such as exams, papers, and presentations which may reveal performance data in ways that course grades might not. Annual assessments for each program and major are available on the University's Academic Affairs websites. In addition, the College is committed to providing access to higher education in innovative classroom settings, practical experiences via internships and travel abroad, and online courses. Our programs offer our students an opportunity to prepare for some of the most sought after careers.

The Turner College of Business is located in the Center for Commerce and Technology at Columbus State University and also serves students throughout the region, nationally and internationally through select online courses and programs.

Business Programs

Mission: The Turner College prepares business students to add value to their communities and to their employers in a globally competitive environment.


As a teaching institution primarily serving a diverse, regional student population, we are committed to:

  • Engaging undergraduate students in the acquisition of knowledge in the foundation areas of business and the application of decision-making skills and technological competence through multiple course delivery options.
  • Providing quality graduate programs in business and leadership for working professionals through both traditional and online delivery.
  • Attracting and retaining academically qualified faculty and experienced professionals who are committed to quality teaching, student learning and continuous improvement.
  • Providing technology and resources to support faculty scholarship and research with a primary emphasis on applied and instructional scholarship that enhance quality teaching and student learning, with a secondary emphasis on basic research.
  • Applying the college's intellectual resources and capital to promote economic development in the Chattahoochee Valley.
  • Developing external partnerships to promote increased funding, diversity, experiential learning, and international travel and exchange programs.
  • Creating a collegial learning community that promotes the individual growth, ethical development, and global awareness of our students, faculty, and staff.

Vision: We will become one of the best regional business schools in the Southeast.

Values: Our core values are Respect, Integrity, and Responsibility. We promote Innovation, Diversity, and Collaboration.

Undergraduate Programs

The College offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. Major areas of specialization include:

The General Business major is available as an online program.

The undergraduate business programs are designed to prepare students for careers in many different organizations where business skills are needed including private businesses and corporations, non-profit organizations, and government at all levels. The undergraduate majors allow students to become the functional specialists needed in all organizations. Students can specialize in accounting, finance, general business, management, information systems or marketing. Courses are also available to build skills for students wishing to start their own business. The available business minors allow students to broaden their marketable skills. The career possibilities for a business major are varied. Below are examples.

  • Accounting majors develop the skills to continue their studies and eventually sit for the CPA exam. Careers available to accounting majors include controller, securities salesperson, financial analyst, credit manager, and tax accountancy to name a few. The approximate median starting salary for accounting majors is $46,500*.
  • Finance majors find careers in financial services, corporate finance, investment banking/brokerage, and financial planning/analysis. The median starting salary for finance majors is approximately $48,500*.
  • Management or general business majors can pursue careers as a human resource manager, production manager, general manager, management analyst, or start their own business as an entrepreneur. The approximate starting salary for management majors is $42,900*.
  • Management Information Systems majors can start careers as database administrators, network analysts, systems engineers, and information systems managers. MIS majors have a median starting salary of $49,400*.
  • Marketing majors may pursue careers in sales management, brand management, marketing research, product management, marketing communications, and logistics management. The median starting salary for marketing majors is approximately $36,900 *.

*All salary information was sourced from MyMajors.com website

Student Learning Outcomes:

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  • Proficiency in critical thinking;
  • Knowledge of important concepts in key business disciplines;
  • An understanding of ethical issues;
  • An understanding of global and diversity issues;
  • Proficiency in communication;
  • Proficiency in information technology; and
  • Knowledge in a major field of specialization.

BBA Curriculum Notes and Degree Requirements

  • At least one-half of the 75 business credit hours required for the BBA must be earned in the College.
  • At least one-half of the Area H major hours required must be satisfactorily completed in the College.
  • Courses taught at the 1000 or 2000 level at any institution may not be substituted for 3000 or 4000 level courses taught by the College.
  • The recommended math sequence for business majors is MATH 1111 (College Algebra) which is normally taken in Area A. MATH 1125 (Applied Calculus) is recommended for Area D especially for students considering graduate studies. BUSA 3115 (Quantitative Analysis for Business Decisions 1) requires MATH1111 with a C or better as a prerequisite.
  • Completion of Areas A and F courses with grades of "C" or better in each is required prior to taking Area G courses. A 2.0 GPA in Area G and I courses is required. Area H courses require a C or better in each course. Students may be granted entry to courses in Area G in order to be a full-time student and there are no other courses available in their degree program if they are missing one Area F requirement and are simultaneously enrolled to complete the Area F requirement except FINC 3105 which requires completion of ACCT 2102 and MKTG 3115 which requires completion of ECON 2106.
  • Entering freshmen and transfer students will be advised through the Business Program Student Services Center or by select faculty for their first registration cycle. A faculty advisor/mentor will be assigned based on a student's selected major after the initial registration cycle.
  • Internships are available typically in the junior and senior year. Students must have a 3.0 GPA and work with an internship coordinator to apply prior to the beginning of a semester. Placement in internships is restricted and cannot include an individual's current employment assignment. Approval of the Department Chair and Dean plus a substantial written proposal is required. Credit for internships may be applied only as an elective. Three options are available. ACCT4698 for accounting majors, MGMT4699 for HR track majors, and BUSA 4698 for all other internships.

The following courses satisfy the Area F business core for University System of Georgia transfer credit to other member institutions:

  • ACCT 2101 and ACCT 2102: Principles of Accounting 1 and Principles of Accounting 2
  • BUSA 2106:The Environment of Business
  • MISM 2115: Technological Applications in Business Decision Making
  • ECON 2105 and ECON 2106: Principles of Macroeconomics and Principles of Microeconomics

Minors Available to Business Majors

Business students may take additional courses to achieve a minor concentration in a field outside of their major. For BBA majors, the "Area I" electives may be utilized to complete a minor in another business discipline. (For minors outside the Turner College, see the "Undergraduate Minors" section of this catalog.) Courses applied to a minor must be in addition to Area H major core course requirements. A grade of “C” or better is required for all courses applied to a business minor.

The following minors are currently available to business majors in the College:

  • Accounting: 18 semester hours to include ACCT 2101, ACCT 2102, ACCT 3111, ACCT 3112, ACCT 3125, and ACCT 4141.
  • Economics: 18 semester hours to include ECON 2105, ECON 2106, ECON 3136, ECON 3145, ECON 3147, and ECON 3165.
  • Finance: 15 semester hours to include FINC 3105, FINC 3115, FINC 3125, FINC 4135, and one other FINC elective.
  • Management: 15 semester hours to include MGMT 3115, MGMT 3135, MGMT 4115, and two other MGMT electives.
  • Management Information Systems: 18 semester hours to include MISM 2115, MISM 3115, MISM 3125, MISM 4135, MISM 4145, and one other MISM elective.
  • Marketing: 15 semester hours to include MKTG 3115, MKTG 3135, MKTG 3136, MKTG 4135 or MKTG 4185, and one other MKTG elective.
  • International Business: 15 semester hours to include BUSA 3135, MGMT 4116, MKTG 4145, FINC 3156, and choose one other from the following list: BUSA 3555, MISM 3118, ECON 3165, or POLS 4166.

Minors Available for Non-business Majors

Business (for non-business majors): 18 semester hours including ACCT 2101, BUSA 2106, ECON 2106, MGMT 3109, MKTG 3109 and one of the following international courses: BUSA 3135, BUSA, 3555, ECON 3165, MGMT 4116 or MKTG 4145. Grade of "C" or better is required for each course.

Economics (for non-business majors): 18 semester hours to include ECON 2105, ECON 2106, ECON 3136, ECON 3145, ECON 3147, and ECON 3165. Grade of “C” or better is required for each course.

Special Student Issues

Non-Business Majors

Non-business majors may take a limited number of business courses provided they have satisfied the specific course prerequisites. Non-business majors may obtain no more than 25% of their total degree hours in business courses.

Transfer Students

The Office of the Dean determines the specific credit for work completed at other institutions that will apply toward the BBA. Transfer students should go to the Business Student Services Center to have credits evaluated to determine which credits will be accepted for the BBA. Allowance of transfer credit by the Office of the Registrar does not mean that all credit will be accepted toward a BBA degree. Transfer credit will be accepted from AACSB accredited schools and senior institutions in the Georgia BOR system. Any exceptions must be approved by the discipline coordinator and the appropriate department chair. The following courses will not be awarded transfer credit: BUSA 4185, MISM 4185, FINC 4185, and MKTG 4185.

Students Holding a Baccalaureate Degree (Post-Bacc)

Students who wish to work towards a BBA degree or complete additional course work required for professional certificates or graduate programs and have previously earned a bachelor's degree should contact the Business Student Services Center to determine individual requirements.

Online Students

Students who wish to take courses on-line must meet all of the requirements stated above and, in addition, be aware of the following requirements specific to the process of taking courses via distance education.

  • Students must have a personal Internet connection
  • Each student must have a personal computer which is capable of running required software
  • Students must have the ability to administer their systems, install and configure their own software. No support is provided to help manage personal systems or software. Students must provide personally licensed copies of required software. Students may be required to purchase e-books or third party software to complete a course.
  • Exams may be computerized. Each student is responsible for locating and arranging an approved proctor to administer any examinations. Approved proctors include supervisors at work and various public officials such as librarians. During a computerized exam, the computer must maintain a continuous Internet connection. Professors of individual courses may have different requirements.
  • Students are responsible for reading and following guidelines and instructions outlined in the course syllabus.

Graduation Requirements

Students are expected to go through a graduation check the semester prior to graduation with Business Student Services staff. Students must meet all university requirements and program specific requirements to graduate.

Graduate Programs

The College offers the following Business Graduate Programs: the Master of Business Administration (MBA), an online MBA through the Georgia WebMBA® consortium, and the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with tracks in HR Management, Servant Leadership, and Leader Development. The program goals and curriculum vary; however, admission requirements, financial support and graduation processes are comparable.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for regular admission to a graduate business program applicants must submit the following:

  • An application for the specific graduate program (available online)
  • An official baccalaureate degree transcript from an accredited institution
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT - School code is R64-XW-20) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE - School code is 5123) results results taken within the past five years
  • At least two, with no more than three letters of recommendation from professional sources such as current or former employers, faculty, and business associates
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • International students should contact the University Admissions Office for additional requirements. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit evidence of English proficiency as required by Columbus State University.

Students who are not admitted to the regular classification may be admitted on a provisional basis. A limited number of provisional students may be admitted to each program. Each provisional student must show high promise of success in graduate studies. Provisional students must complete the first nine semester hours of graduate study earning a minimum grade point average of 3.0 to continue in the program.

An applicant who has already earned terminal, professional, or graduate degree from an accredited institution may request a waiver of the GMAT or GRE requirement. Applicants with professional and/or managerial experience deemed to be sufficient in length and depth may also be granted a GMAT or GRE waiver. GMAT/GRE waivers are not guaranteed and decisions to grant a waiver to an applicant will only be made after a full review of their submitted admissions packet. Applicants granted a GMAT or GRE waiver will only be eligible for provisional admission to a graduate business program and must fulfill the provisional grade requirements in order to be reconsidered for regular admission.

Graduate Assistantships

The College offers a limited number of graduate assistantships to fulltime graduate students enrolled in the MBA or MSOL programs. An assistantship may be granted for up to 3 consecutive semesters with satisfactory performance. For more information contact the Business Student Services Center or the Graduate Program Director. Graduate assistants are required to work 19 hours per week during the semester for tuition and stipend. Work assignments vary but include tutoring, research support, and administration support.

Graduation Requirements

Approval of an application for a business graduate degree is contingent upon the successful completion of an approved program with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on 30 hours of MBA courses or 36 hours of MSOL courses and an overall 3.0 GPA on all graduate courses taken. (The overall GPA is the average GPA over all attempted graduate courses.) In addition, all undergraduate courses used for prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Applications for graduation are submitted online through CougarNet one semester prior to completion of degree requirements. Students have a maximum of six years from the first term of enrollment to complete all degree requirements.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Graduate students

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a general-purpose management degree that prepares individuals for administrative positions in business, industry, or government. The program accommodates students who have business and non-business baccalaureate degrees. The interdisciplinary curriculum provides the student with a broad understanding of management and its role in a global society. Emphasis is placed upon economics, human behavior, organizations, accounting, communication skills, operations, marketing, finance, management information systems, and their impacts on managerial decision making. The program focuses on the practical application of these tools, techniques, and concepts. Teamwork, the international context of business, and the ethical dimensions of managerial decisions are stressed throughout the program.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Evaluate alternative business strategies and tactics using appropriate qualitative and quantitative tools.
  • Recognize and evaluate the impact of ethical, social, and diversity issues on business decisions.
  • Develop and assess integrated technology solutions to improve key business function performance.
  • Assess the impact of global economic environments on business decisions and strategies.
  • Apply individual critical thinking and team management skills to solve business problems across multiple business functions.

MBA Curriculum

The MBA is a 30 semester hour professional degree with no language or thesis requirement; however, case studies, field studies, research projects, and formal papers are required in specific courses. A student with a non-business baccalaureate degree will be required to complete undergraduate prerequisites that demonstrate the skills listed below. Undergraduate preparatory courses include Statistics, ACCT2101, ACCT2102 and FINC3109. These courses or equivalents must be completed prior to taking select MBA courses requiring those prerequisites. Students enrolled in other graduate programs may be allowed to enroll in MBA courses, provided that they have met the undergraduate prerequisites or their equivalents.

Students must demonstrate, through their undergraduate preparation, the following skill sets:

  • Computer skills to include the use of word processing, spreadsheet analysis, presentation software, and the use of the internet;
  • Mathematics to include algebra, and statistics with basic calculus recommended;
  • Accounting and financial management knowledge
  • Effective oral and written English communication skills.

Transfer Credit. A maximum of six hours with a minimum grade of "B" in each course may be accepted for transfer from AACSB accredited programs. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Graduate Program Committee. Transfer credit will not be used in computing the student's grade point average.

Georgia WebMBA®

The College, through the Georgia WebMBA® consortium, offers students an opportunity to earn an online, AACSB-accredited MBA degree. Our online program is a cohort based program built on the concept of multidimensional teamwork and provides the same excellent quality and service as our regular program offered on campus. Consisting of ten courses taken two per semester, and no electives, the online program is designed to be completed within five consecutive terms. Up to six credit hours of graduate transfer credit with a grade of B or better may be approved, provided the courses (1) were taken at a school accredited by AACSB, International, and (2) match specific courses in the college's WebMBA curriculum. Students must attend a two day orientation at the beginning of their program to meet team members and learn about program expectations from faculty and administrators.

As online students, additional responsibilities include the following:

  • Students must have a personal Internet connection
  • Each student must have a personal computer which is capable of running required software
  • Students must have the ability to administer their systems, install and configure their own software. No support is provided to help manage personal systems or software. Students must provide personally licensed copies of required software. Students may be required to purchase e-books or third party software to complete a course.
  • Students in the WebMBA program are expected to adhere to the highest levels of integrity and ethical behavior when completing online assignments and exams.
  • Students are responsible for reading and following guidelines and instructions outlined in the course syllabus.

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership is a professional degree with no language or thesis requirement. The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership is designed to enhance the skills needed by organizational leaders. The curriculum consists of a 15 semester hour leadership core with the choice of two concentrations: Servant Leadership and Human Resource Management (HRM).

The HRM track is based on a curriculum sponsored by the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) and upon completion of the program graduates should be prepared to seek certification. The track is designed to foster leadership development among HR professionals and enhance areas of expertise in HR management.

The Servant Leadership track is influenced by the principles of Servant-Leadership espoused by Robert K. Greenleaf who has been cited by such authors as Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard. The focus is not only on leadership theory but also on the practical skills needed by the servant leader including negotiating and human resource management skills. Prospective students will find value in this program as an enhancement to their current skill-set in order to advance their careers. According to the website modernservantleader.com, the following companies have documented their support for the principles of servant leadership: 7-Eleven; AFLAC; Chick Fil-A; Synovus Financial; Darden Restaurants; the Gabriel Center; JTC Education; and the U.S. Army. This is just a sample of the companies who value the skills of the servant leader developed in the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program.

The Leader Development track combines select Servant Leadership and Human Resource management courses. This program has been specifically designed to assist the active duty US Army Captains while in training to pursue a graduate degree. However the program is open to others.

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates in the MS in Organizational Leadership program will be able to:

  • Understand the theory and practice of leadership
  • Contrast international leadership practices and recognize the necessity to tailor leadership to different environments
  • Understand follower behaviors and be able to identify appropriate leader responses.
  • Critically analyze and form action plans to address various leadership issues
  • Demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication, including interpersonal skills, negotiation skills, and presentation skills.
  • Be able to discuss strategic alternatives, environmental analysis and use both to select appropriate strategies

In addition, graduates in the Servant Leadership concentration will be able to:

  • Understand the concepts of servant leadership and be able to articulate them clearly
  • Demonstrate proficiency in coaching and the use of effective coaching behavior.
  • Discuss the process of building a culture of servant leadership and identify appropriate strategies for different organizational environments.
  • Critically analyze ethical/moral dilemmas and use a framework to evaluate the issue and recommend ethically sound solutions
  • Discuss current issues and trends related to servant leadership.

In addition, graduates in the Human Resource Management concentration will be able to:

  • Independently develop and understand how to implement HR planning, recruiting, selection, training, development, appraisal, compensation, benefits, performance management feedback and disciplinary systems in a legal and ethical fashion
  • Analyze and solve HR problems and issues
  • Use technology to assist in dealing with HR practice and solve HR problems.
  • Students should also possess the academic preparation necessary to pass the PHR or SPHR

In addition, graduates in the Leader Development concentration will be able to:

  • Understand the concepts of servant leadership and be able to articulate them clearly.
  • Critically analyze ethical/moral dilemmas and use a framework to evaluate the issue and recommend ethically sound solutions.
  • Independently develop and understand how to implement human resource planning, training, performance management feedback and disciplinary systems in a legal and ethical fashion.
  • Discuss current issues and trends related to leadership.

MSOL Curriculum

The MSOL program is a 36 hour graduate program and consists of 15 hours of required core courses in Organizational Leadership (MSOL designated courses) and a choice of 15 hours of courses concentrated in HR Management or 15 hours concentrated in Servant Leadership plus 6 hours of electives which may include an HR internship for HR track students. A full-time student is able to complete the program in four semesters. Summer courses are required to complete the program. For more information on internships, please contact the Business Student Services Center or the Business Graduate Program Director.

TSYS School of Computer Science

Undergraduate Programs

The TSYS School of Computer Science offers a Bachelor of Science degree program with concentrations in Software Systems, Games Programming or Applied Computing; a Minor in Computer Science; and a Bachelor of Science degree program in Information Technology; including an online Bachelor of Science degree through the Georgia WebBSIT consortium.

The BS in Computer Science - Software Systems Track provides the student with skills required to compete in today's computing environment and to be able to adapt to tomorrow. Much effort is expended ensuring that the program is viable and current, focusing on the newer technologies and emphasizing applications of current methods for the design and engineering of software systems.

The BS in Computer Science - Games Programming Track provides students with a thorough understanding of the theory, design and programming techniques required for producing games software. This track equips students with the theoretical and practical knowledge for careers in the games and simulation industries. Topics covered include games theory, design and programming; graphics techniques including virtual environments; artificial intelligence techniques; multi-player and Internet games programming; and games specific software tools.

The BS in Computer Science - Applied Computing Track provides student a rigorous education in computer science with particular attention and practice given to mainframe business applications and web programming. This program was initiated by a joint study agreement with the IBM Corporation, and was expanded by funding from the Intellectual Capital Partnership Program (ICAPP). It is particularly geared to the large system computing needs of the companies that dominate the local economy.

The B.S. Information Technology (BSIT) program provides students with a combination of knowledge, hands–on experience, and application of theory to support their employment in the field of Information Technology. The curriculum emphasizes quantitative and communication skills as well as providing a basic foundation in understanding the business process and the role of Information Technology in supporting that process. The BSIT is also available online.

Computer science and information technology graduates find jobs in a wide array of occupations including software engineering, application, game, and web programming, network administration and security, and database administration. Because computers are becoming more and more pervasive, computer science and information technology jobs are available in almost every field. According to the US Department of Labor, computer science and information technology job opportunities are expected to grow at approximately 20% through 2018 which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Graduates in the BS in CS Software Systems Track program will:

  • be able to use an integrated development environment to code and implement an executable program
  • have a basic understanding of theoretical aspects of computer science
  • be able to produce a software solution using an object-oriented programming architecture
  • be familiar with standard CPU architectures
  • understand the major differences among modern programming languages
  • be able to analyze, design and implement a solution to real-world scientific or engineering problems
  • be familiar with methods used to design and access databases
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of social and ethical impact of computers

Graduates in the BS in CS Games Programming Track program will:

  • be able to use an integrated development environment to code and implement an executable program
  • have a basic understanding of theoretical aspects of computer science
  • be familiar with standard CPU architectures
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the creation of computer-based games: including games design, 2D and 3D graphics programming, games AI, virtual reality and simulation
  • determine the requirements for a computer game and design computer game elements
  • produce a computer game that meets its requirements
  • be aware of current issues in computer gaming
  • be able to lead a development team
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of social and ethical impact of computers

Graduates in the BS in CS Applied Computing Track program will:

  • be able to use an integrated development environment to code and implement an executable program
  • be able to produce a web-based software solution using high-level development tools
  • be familiar with standard CPU architectures
  • understand the major differences among modern programming languages
  • be able to analyze, design and implement a solution to real-world information processing problems
  • be familiar with the theory and application of transaction processing
  • be familiar with methods used to design and access databases
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the social and ethical impact of computers

Graduates in the BS in Information Technology (BSIT) program will:

  • be able to apply fundamental systems analysis, project management, and end user support concepts to address real–world business problems
  • be able to apply analytical and critical thinking skills to develop creative solutions to these problems
  • be able apply professional and interpersonal skills to communicate these solutions to both coworkers and management
  • understand how the software solution functions as a part of the overall business solution to the problem at hand
  • participate in the development and testing of the software designed as a part of this business solution

Minors for Non-Computer Science Majors

  • Computer Science: 19 semester hours including CPSC 1301, CPSC 1301L, CPSC 1302, CPSC 2108, and nine semester hours of computer science courses at the 3000 level or above. At least one-third of the course work must be taken at Columbus State University. Courses applied toward a minor must be courses other than ones specified as requirements for the major degree program.

Special Student Issues

Online Students

Students who wish to take courses on-line must meet all of the requirements stated above and be aware of the following requirements specific to the process of taking courses via distance education. The WEBBSIT program is a consortium program with a set schedule for courses. In addition,

  • Students must have a personal Internet connectionStudents Working
  • Each student must have a personal computer which is capable of running required software
  • Students must have the ability to administer their systems, install and configure their own software. No support is provided to help manage personal systems or software. Students must provide personally licensed copies of required software. Students may be required to purchase e-books or third party software to complete a course.
  • Exams may be computerized. Each student is responsible for locating and arranging an approved proctor to administer any examinations. Approved proctors include supervisors at work and various public officials such as librarians. During a computerized exam, the computer must maintain a continuous Internet connection. Professors of individual courses may have different requirements.
  • Students are responsible for reading and following guidelines and instructions outlined in the course syllabus.

Computer Science Undergraduate Research Certificate

The “Computer Science Undergraduate Research Certificate” is designed to prepare undergraduate students for the rigors of a graduate program that encompasses a research emphasis. The 15-hour program is especially designed for students wishing to complete their last semester in an undergraduate computer science program that requires a significant research project and who wish to continue into the M.S. in Applied Computer Science. To qualify for this certificate, the students must have finished the equivalent of seven semesters of Computer Science in good standing including courses in data structures, operating systems, databases, computer architectures, and algorithms. Requirements include: CPSC 4205 Senior Project & Portfolio (3 Credits), CPSC 4899 Independent Study (3 Credits), CPSC 4500 Undergraduate Research (6 Credits), and at least one additional three-credit upper division computer science class approved by the School of Computer Science.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfactory completion of university requirements and a minimum grade of "C" in each computer science course counted towards the major.

Graduate Programs

The TSYS School of Computer Science offers the Master of Science in Applied Computer Science , with three concentrations: Software Development, Information Assurance, and Modeling & Simulation. To allow students with different backgrounds to benefit from and be successful in the program, students may also design a program of study without a concentration. In addition, students may enter a non-degree seeking Certificate program in Modeling and Simulation, Information Systems Security Officer or Information Systems Security Professional. The School also offers a Joint 3+2 BS/MS program in computer science that allows students to pursue an accelerated path to a graduate degree.

Students who complete the Master of Science in Applied Computer Science degree or the Joint 3+2 BS/MS program will possess a high degree of proficiency in four of the following six areas: algorithm analysis and design, programming languages, database management and administration, computer architecture, computer networks and security, and operating systems. By pursuing one of the available concentrations--Software Development, Information Assurance, and Modeling & Simulation—students will develop additional skills in their area of concentration. Graduates can expect job opportunities as IT consultants, IT managers, Web developers, computer programmers, network administrators, database administrators, software engineers, and systems analysts. Given today's rapid growth in the use of computers, according to CNN Money job opportunities in these occupations are expected to grow as much as 34% through 2020.

The Graduate Certificate in Modeling and Simulation provides the opportunity for professionals and scientists to develop or enhance their expertise in the modeling and simulation field, thus providing additional education and employment opportunities in research, national defense, consulting, health care, entertainment, business, training, or any other field where the use of modeling and simulation can be of value.

The Graduate Certificates in Information Systems Security provide the opportunity for individuals to expand their knowledge of information security as well as provide documentation that they have successfully completed a program of study that meets and/or exceeds the national training and education standards for duties and responsibilities of Information Systems Security Professionals (NSTISSI 4011) and Officers (CNSSI 4014) set forth and certified by the National Security Agency. This certificate may also be of value to students considering employment by the federal government in the security field.

MS in Applied Computer Science

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates in the MS in Applied CS program will be able to apply techniques and technologies from at least four of the following areas:

  • Algorithm Analysis and Design
  • Programming Languages
  • Database
  • Computer Architecture
  • Operating Systems
  • Computer Networks

In addition graduates in the Information Assurance concentration will:

  • understand the major issues of information assurance
  • be able to identify threats and vulnerabilities to information systems
  • be able to identify data, computer and network exploits
  • be able to identify ways to secure information, computers and networks

In addition graduates in the Software Development concentration will:

  • be able to produce a software solution using an object-oriented programming architecture
  • be able to produce a web-based software solution using high-level development tools
  • be able to produce solutions in a distributed and/or enterprise environment

In addition, graduates in the Modeling & Simulation concentration will:

  • be able to understand and evaluate different types of simulation paradigms and select an appropriate package for a given simulation problem,
  • be able to design and create simulations using simulation packages and/or writing code for a specific problem.
  • be able to use computer visualization to help highlight or enhance the analysis of results produced by a simulation.
  • be able to produce solutions in a distributed and/or enterprise environment

Admission Requirements (Regular)

To be admitted as a Regular student, prospective students must satisfy the following four requirements:

  1. A bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university.
  2. One or more of the following:
    1. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.
    2. A cumulative GPA in the student's major of at least 3.00.
    3. Significant experience in industrial software development, as documented by a resume and other appropriate documents, including published papers or patents.
  3. Demonstrated experience in the fundamentals of computer programming and knowledge in the fundamental principles of computer science, as evidenced by one or more of the following:
    1. A bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Applied Computer Science, Computer Information Science/Systems, Computer Engineering, or some other closely related field from an accredited college or university.
    2. A passing grade of B or better each in courses substantially equivalent to Fundamental Principles of Computer Science (CPSC 6105) and Fundamentals of Computer Programming and Data Structures (CPSC 6106).
    3. A score of 50th percentile or higher on the GRE Subject Test in Computer Science.
  4. A minimum combined score of 900 (pre Nov. 2011) or 290 (after Nov. 2011) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Admission Requirements (Provisional)
Prospective students who meet condition 1 but not all of conditions 2, 3 and 4 may be admitted as Provisional students. Students who are admitted as Provisional students must meet the requirements for Regular admission during their first year in the program. As part of this, students who do not meet condition 3 will be required to take Fundamental Principles of Computer Science (CPSC 6105) and Fundamentals of Computer Programming and Data Structures (CPSC 6106) prior to taking any other graduate courses in the program.

Special Student Issues

On-Line Students

Students working

The TSYS School of Computer Science offers the Master of Science in Applied Computer Science , with courses available both on campus and on-line. Although there is only a single degree track, it is the intent of the school that a student be able to attain the degree either by taking only on-campus courses, or by taking only on-line courses, or by taking a combination of the two types of courses, as best fits the student's schedule and travel requirements. Each graduate course in Computer Science will be scheduled for on-campus or on-line offering as the student demand requires.

Students who wish to take graduate courses on-line must meet all of the requirements stated above and, in addition, be aware of the following requirements specific to the process of taking courses via distance education.

  • Students must have a personal Internet connection
  • Each student must have a personal computer which is capable of running required software
  • Students must have the ability to administer their systems, install and configure their own software. No support is provided to help manage personal systems or software. Students must provide personally licensed copies of required software. Students may be required to purchase e-books or third party software to complete a course.
  • Exams may be computerized. Each student is responsible for locating and arranging an approved proctor to administer any examinations. Approved proctors include supervisors at work and various public officials such as librarians. During a computerized exam, the computer must maintain a continuous Internet connection. Professors of individual courses may have different requirements.
  • Students are responsible for reading and following guidelines and instructions outlined in the course syllabus.

Visit the MS in Applied Computer Science Online Support site, accessible through http://cs.columbusstate.edu . This site has a lot of general information useful to online students. It includes a FAQ page addressing common questions like logging in, technical support, taking course exams, managing your account, contact links, software, hardware, etc.

Graduate Assistantships

All applicants must submit to the Chair of the TSYS School of Computer Science

  • A letter of application including a statement of need and commitment and the applicant's reasons for undertaking graduate study.
  • Two letters of recommendation, either from college-level instructors or employers.

Applicants with significant industrial experience are invited, but not required, to include a resume to demonstrate practical experience in software development.

Graduation Requirements

Approval of an application for the Master of Science degree in Applied Computer Science is contingent upon the successful completion of an approved program and recommendation for the degree by the Turner College of Business. Applications for degree conferral must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar no later than the semester prior to completion of degree requirements.

The following requirements must be met for the completion of the degree program:

  • Students must earn a 3.0 grade point average calculated on all graduate work attempted for which letter grades are awarded.
  • At least 27 of the hours required for the degree must be earned in the program. A maximum of nine semester hours with no grade lower than "B" may be accepted for transfer. Transfer credit will not be used in computing the student's grade point average.
  • All degree requirements must be completed within seven years of first enrollment.
  • Any program for the Master of Science in Applied Computer Science must include at least twelve courses (36 semester hours) taken for graduate credit.
  • Any program for the Master of Science in Applied Computer Science must include at least six courses (18 semester hours) at the graduate (6000 or above) level.
  • Any program for the Master's Degree in Applied Computer Science must include four courses (12 semester hours) in the Core Curriculum.
  • Any student who has taken a 5000-level core course for undergraduate credit at CSU will not be required to retake the course and may apply it as a prerequisite as appropriate. The student will not receive graduate credit for the course.
  • A student opting for a thesis in Applied Computer Science must take at least six hours of CPSC 6985 – Research and Thesis. Although only six hours of CPSC 6985 may be applied to the Master's Degree, the student is cautioned that successful completion of a thesis may require taking CPSC 6985 more than twice.
  • A student who elects the thesis option for the degree may not graduate until a thesis has been produced, approved by the student's thesis committee, and successfully defended in a public presentation.
  • A student who changes from the thesis option to the non-thesis option for a degree may not apply any hours taken in CPSC 6985 towards the 36-hour minimum for the degree.

Graduate Certificate: Modeling and Simulation

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must show evidence that they are proficient in the core areas of computer science. Should an applicant not be able to provide such evidence, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take CPSC 6105, and make a grade of B or higher.
  • Applicants must show evidence that they are proficient in computer programming. Should an applicant not be able to provide such evidence, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take CPSC 6106, and make a grade of B or higher.
  • Applicants must show evidence that they are proficient in calculus. Should an applicant not be able to provide such evidence, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take an undergraduate course in calculus and make a grade of C or higher
  • Applicants must show evidence that they are proficient in statistics. Should an applicant not be able to provide such evidence, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take an undergraduate course in statistics and make a grade of C or higher.

Proficiency in each of the above areas may be shown by submitting university transcripts documenting the applicant's previous achievements in the area, such as classes that the applicant has passed with a grade of B or higher (or C or higher for calculus and statistics). These achievements also include having earned a BS or an MS degree in computer science from an accredited college or university within the previous five years.

Proficiency in programming (item 2) may be argued for by an applicant by showing evidence of extensive industry experience in developing software.

The admissions committee will evaluate applications for admission to each of the above certificate programs, and make decisions on whether a given applicant may be admitted to the program, and on whether a waiver for CPSC 6105, CPSC 6106, calculus, and/or statistics should be granted.

Curriculum

  • Required Courses
    • CPSC 6107 (Survey of Modeling and Simulation)
    • CPSC 6142 (Systems Simulation)
  • Choose 3 of the following
    • CPSC 5125 (Computer Graphics)
    • CPSC 6118 (Human-Computer Interface Development)
    • CPSC 6143 (Simulation Project)
    • CPSC 6147 (Computer Visualization)
    • CPSC 6148 (Simulation and Gaming)

Note: To qualify for this graduate certificate, students must obtain a grade of "B" or better in all courses taken towards this certificate program.

Graduate Certificate: Information Systems Security Officer

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must show evidence that they are proficient in the core areas of computer science. Should an applicant not be able to provide such evidence, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take CPSC 6105, and make a grade of B or higher.
  • Applicants must show evidence that they are proficient in computer programming. Should an applicant not be able to provide such evidence, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take CPSC 6106, and make a grade of B or higher.
  • Applicants must show evidence that they are proficient in computer networking. Should an applicant not be able to provide such evidence, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take a graduate offering of CPSC 5157 – Computer Networks, and make a grade of B or higher.

Proficiency in each of the above areas may be shown by submitting university transcripts documenting the applicant's previous achievements in the area, such as classes that the applicant has passed with a grade of B or higher. These achievements also include having earned a BS or an MS degree in computer science from an accredited college or university within the previous five years.

Proficiency in programming (item 2), or computer networking (item 3), may be argued for by an applicant by showing evidence of extensive industry experience in developing software, or in network administration.

The admissions committee will evaluate applications for admission to this certificate program, and make decisions on whether a given applicant may be admitted to the program, and on whether a waiver for CPSC 6105, CPSC 6106, or CPSC 5157G should be granted.

Curriculum/Course Requirements

CPSC 6126 (Information Systems Assurance)
CPSC 6136 (Advanced System Security)
CPSC 6157 (Network Management)
CPSC 6159 (Computer Forensics)
CPSC 6167 (Network Risk Assessment)

Note: To qualify for this certificate, the student must obtain a grade of “B” or higher in each of the courses that are required for the certificate.

Graduate Certificate: Information Systems Security Professional

Admission Requirements:

  • Applicants must show evidence that they are proficient in the core areas of computer science. Should an applicant not be able to provide such evidence, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take CPSC 6105, and make a grade of B or higher.
  • Applicants must show evidence that they are proficient in computer programming. Should an applicant not be able to provide such evidence, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take CPSC 6106, and make a grade of B or higher.
  • Applicants must show evidence that they are proficient in computer networking. Should an applicant not be able to provide such evidence, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take a graduate offering of CPSC 5157 – Computer Networks, and make a grade of B or higher.

Proficiency in each of the above areas may be shown by submitting university transcripts documenting the applicant's previous achievements in the area, such as classes that the applicant has passed with a grade of B or higher. These achievements also include having earned a BS or an MS degree in computer science from an accredited college or university within the previous five years.

Proficiency in programming (item 2), or computer networking (item 3), may be argued for by an applicant by showing evidence of extensive industry experience in developing software, or in network administration.

The admissions committee will evaluate applications for admission to this certificate program, and make decisions on whether a given applicant may be admitted to the program, and on whether a waiver for CPSC 6105, CPSC 6106, or CPSC 5157G should be granted.

Curriculum

CPSC 5157G (Computer Networks) or CPSC 6157 (Network Management)
CPSC 6126 (Information Systems Assurance)
CPSC 6128 (Network Security)
CPSC 6167 (Network Risk Assessment)

Note: To qualify for this certificate, the student must obtain a grade of “B” or higher in each of the courses that are required for the certificate.

Combined BS/MS in Computer Science

The Combined BS/MS program allows a student to complete both their undergraduate and graduate degree program with less hours by combining in their junior and senior years both graduate and undergraduate courses. This program will allow students and faculty an extended opportunity to collaborate on exciting research projects in the field of computer science.

Program Goals:
  • To integrate research training into our curriculum.
  • To attract high quality undergraduate students to pursue our graduate program by providing an accelerated path to a graduate degree, with simultaneous awarding of both BS & MS degrees.
  • To create an on-campus community of graduate students.
  • To foster an environment that enables research training and production of meaningful research work by replacing the senior project with the graduate thesis.

Admission Requirements

  • Application for admission into this joint BS+MS program.
  • Junior Standing
    • A completion of both:
      • All courses in Area F, and
      • At least 15 credits of CPSC courses at 3000 level or above.
  • A minimum institutional GPA of 3.00 overall and 3.50 calculated on all CPSC courses taken is required.
  • A statement on research interest.
  • A proposed plan of study by semester.
  • A recommendation letter from a prospective graduate thesis advisor.
  • Students are not required to take the GRE.
  • Students are selected by the CS graduate curriculum committee.

Graduate Assistantships

  • Proof of admission into the combined BS/MS program.
  • Application for graduate assistantship.
  • Another letter of recommendation from a college-level instructor or employer.

Students are selected by the chair of the School with a recommendation from the CS graduate curriculum committee.

Note: Students who have already petitioned for, and been granted graduate status, and can perform their TA/RA duties on campus are eligible to submit an application package for a graduate assistantship.

Special Student Issues

Undergraduate/Graduate Student Status

  • Students will retain an undergraduate student status until they finish taking all undergraduate level courses. This is to maintain their federal and/or state financial aid eligibilities.
  • Students will petition to become a graduate student with regular status after completion of all undergraduate credits allowed in this program (which is at most 108 undergraduate credits).

Graduation Requirements

  • Students must earn at least a 3.00 GPA calculated on all graduate courses.
  • Students must earn a minimum of C grade in each CPSC course.
  • At most 6 credits of graduate level courses with a C grade will be applied toward the degree.
  • Students must earn at least 36 credits from graduate level courses in computer science.
  • Students must earn at least 21 credits from CPSC 6000 level courses.
  • Students must take at least 6 credits of CPSC 6985 and successfully finish and defend a master's thesis.

Upon successful completion of 123 credit hours and all undergraduate requirements, students may apply for the BS in Computer Science degree. Upon successful completion of the 144 credit hours and all graduate requirements, students may apply for the MS in Applied Computer Science degree.