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Computer Science (PSM)

Professional Science Master's

Professional Science Master's (P.S.M.) programs prepare graduates to thrive in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing both high-rigor technical skills and the business fundamentals required to understand and navigate the technology workplace. Instead of a thesis, PSM graduate students participate in a collaborative research project and a professional internship with an employer in the business, government, or non-profit sectors. Your internship may be carried out under the auspices of a current employer.

KU’s PSM program is affiliated with and meets the standards of the Council of Graduate Schools, requiring both a graduate internship and courses in a non-C discipline that enhance the graduate's potential to rise to management positions earlier in their career. 

Jobs for graduates of the program can be located in technology-specific industries or in the IT departments of industries of various types. These jobs include, but are not limited to, project managers, database administrators, network administrators, security managers, and directors of IT departments.

M.S. Computer Science (PSM) Checksheet

Important Links

Council of Graduate Schools PSM programs

Computer Science and Information Technology Department website

  • Admissions Requirements and Deadlines
    • Application
    • Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities
    • GRE score report
    • Three letters of recommendation

    *Applicants with a undergraduate GPA of 3.5+ may request a test waiver.


    Fall semester: August 1st

    Spring semester: December 1st

    Summer sessions: May 1st

Student Learning Outcomes

  • MS in Computer Science, PSM track
    1. Able to apply acquired interdisciplinary knowledge in a workplace environment. 
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of design principles pertaining to advanced topics in computer science and/or information technology.
    3. Apply design principles pertaining to advanced topics in computer science and/or information technology.
    4. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and skills within a specialized area of computer science and/or information technology.

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