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School of Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering

School of Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering


The School of Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering is a welcoming student-engaged, research-active organization. We offer undergraduate degrees in computer science, information technology, computer engineering, and cybersecurity, along with minors and certificate programs in software engineering, cybersecurity, and computer networking. The University of Southern Mississippi has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

Two of our programs are offered fully online: the Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science and the Bachelor of Applied Science in Cybersecurity. We also have an Accelerated Bachelor of Science to Master of Science pathway that enables students to take six hours of graduate credit before receiving the Bachelor of Science degree. We offer a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and a PhD in Computational Science.

Our faculty consists of researchers known nationally for their innovative work and professionals with real-world industry, military, and government sector work experience. 

The School is committed to broadening participation in computing (BPC). We are proud to members of the MS Pathways to Computing Consortium through which we seek to broaden participation by providing an on-ramp for students from all backgrounds to graduate degrees in computing. View our BPC plan which was the first in Mississippi verified and included on the National Science Foundation-supported BPCnet Resource Portal.

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Our Programs

In the School of Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering, you’ll work with faculty to gain hands-on experience in the ever-evolving computing and cybersecurity fields, and gain the skills necessary to succeed in a wide-range of professional domains including full-stack software development, system architecture design, cybersecurity defense, network and system administration, artificial intelligence, and data science. Our Center for Cybersecurity houses the Cyber Innovations Laboratory and the Security and Privacy of Emerging Networks Laboratory which provide collaborative, interdisciplinary research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

For questions about our graduate programs, visit our FAQ page. If you still have questions, you may contact our Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Zhang

We have a limited number of graduate teaching assistantship positions available each year. Due to the high volume of inquiries, we cannot respond directly to emails asking for a teaching assistantship award. To be considered for a graduate teaching assistantship, complete the form at this link.

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School of Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering

214 Bobby Chain Technology Center (TEC) 
118 College Dr. #5106
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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Innovation Starts Here.


+200 publications and articles
500Undergraduate Majors
3degree programs

As recognized leaders in computing and computer engineering, our School is shaping the next generation of IT leaders. At the heart of our success is fostering a culture of inclusivity and collaboration, while understanding the applications of computing in the broader research community.

  • Our faculty are pushing boundaries as they actively engage in artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, bio-informatics, image and video processing, cybersecurity, and broadening participation in computing, and more!
  • Community outreach programs boost tech sector diversity by investing in low-income college women pursuing computing and engineering degrees; recognize girls with aspirations, abilities and technical accomplishments; provide alternative pathway; and more!