Department of Computer Science

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Our Mission

The Department of Computer Science at Sam Houston State University is a community of faculty, staff, and students centered in the computing science disciplines. The Department of Computer Science is dedicated to providing the highest quality education possible to its graduate and undergraduate students through excellence in teaching and excellence in research. The department is committed to furthering the pursuit of knowledge and meeting the needs of a diverse society.

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Sam Houston State University has consistently ranked as a Top Online Masters in Internet Security Degree Program for the last 5 years by U.S. News and World Report and The Best Schools and was recently ranked No. 1 on the list of “25 Best Master’s in Information Assurance and Security Programs Online for 2018” according to a report by Best College Reviews. Sam Houston State University was recently ranked among the top 25 US online cybersecurity masters programs by Cyber Security Masters Degree.

The Department of Computer Science is pleased that its Master of Science program in Information Assurance and Security Programs was ranked No. 1 by Best College Reviews for online programs. This ranking is a testament to the hard work of the faculty, not just in the virtual classroom, but in the development of accessibility mechanisms to accommodate working professionals and in developing strong professional relationships with individual students,” said Dr. Peter Cooper, Former Chair of the Department of Computer Science. “SHSU’s commitment to keeping graduate studies affordable, and SHSU Online’s support and quality assurance play a significant role in making the Information Assurance and Security Program successful.

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National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated Sam Houston State University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) through the academic year 2025 for the B.S. Degree in Computer Science, concentration in Information Assurance (IA).
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