Oklahoma Christian graduates first graduate computer science class

OC graduates first class in Master of Science in Computer Science. Online photo.

OC graduates first class in Master of Science in Computer Science. Online photo.

The Oklahoma Christian University graduate studies program awarded 37 diplomas to members of Oklahoma Christian’s newest masters program, becoming the first ever masters students from Oklahoma Christian to graduate with a Master of Science in Computer Science.

Oklahoma Christian’s Master of Science in computer science degree program consists of 30 hours, with courses offered in eight-week sessions, two per semester, and available during the summer. The flexible schedule and evening classes allows students to earn their degree in as little as one year.

“We have a program for a working adult that is one night a week on campus and can be completed in two years, so it is pretty flexible in that area,” North said. “So we are attracting students from Tinker Air Force Base and other business and corporations in the Oklahoma City and our enrollment numbers for that specific demographic is growing.”

According to Oklahoma Christian, Tinker Air Force Base employee Yamlakfekad Eyerusalem said this program is extremely beneficial for students looking for employment.

“The computer science curriculum gives students a broad exposure to the subject matter in the field,” Eyerusalem said. “The professors are experts in their fields, highly regarded and take their jobs seriously. I was able to get a job before I graduated.”

Oklahoma Christian’s current graduate computer science enrollment includes 76 students from the United States, India, Pakistan and Rwanda.

“We were excited to have a pretty full class to graduate from this program,” Director of Computer Science Advancement David North said. “We had quite a few international students, so we are learning that this program is reaching students all around the world.”

North said there will be a class graduating in December, as well as the upcoming spring.

“Students will be starting this program at different times in the school year, whether it be summer, spring or winter,” North said. “We will have a students continuously rolling through the program to graduate in April and in the following summer as well.”

North also said they would continue to look for improvements to add to this program.

“As of now we offer a track in software engineering and we are hoping to add a few more tracks, possibly one in data science or artificial intelligence,” North said. “We are looking and searching to add a few more faculty members to accommodate the growing enrollment as well.”

Tuition for this program is $550 per course for domestic students and $650 for international students. According to Oklahoma Christian this program is one of the most affordable graduate degrees in the state of Oklahoma.

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