Projected job growth prompts new Purdue Calumet graduate program in Computer Science

In response to a projected job growth rate of nearly 20 percent, Purdue University Calumet is introducing a Master of Science degree program in Computer Science.

The program, approved recently by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, debuts next fall and becomes the only such graduate level offering in northwest Indiana.

“Computer science is the basis of many rewarding technical careers,” Professor and Head of Purdue Calumet’s Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics Catherine M. Murphy said. “In northwest Indiana and the greater Chicagoland area, these careers are expected to have steady growth over the next 10 years.”

Locally, statewide and nationally, computer science jobs are expected to grow at a rate of between 18 percent and 20 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The 30-credit hour program will focus on fundamental theoretical concepts and incorporate sophisticated practical applications. Along with preparing students for anticipated employment opportunities, the program will ready others for a doctoral program in computer science.

According to Murphy, the program is appropriate for individuals who desire to enter the computer science field, as well as those who care to take advantage of new opportunities within their current careers.

“This new program increases to 13 the number of graduate degree programs offered at Purdue University Calumet,” Purdue Calumet Dean of the Graduate School Niaz Latif said.

Online registration in the program for next fall begins Monday (3/22). Other information is available by contacting Graduate Advisor and Professor Anthony Elmendorf by phone at 219/989-2704 and 800/HI-PURDUE, ext. 2704, or by e-mail at aelmendo@calumet.purdue.edu.