Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science offers three undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees to prepare students for success in the world of computing.

B.S. in Computer Science

The Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,


You are depending on software, whether you're playing a video game, downloading MP3s, or talking on a cell phone. Computer scientists design, analyze, and develop software for the computer systems and networks that power today's world. Software applications range from personal computing to entertainment systems to life-critical applications such as medical and flight systems. Developing such software requires a high degree of specialization. Computer Scientists are the individuals with the critical expertise to do this. This Computer Science (BS) degree program is 1 of only 6 Computer Science programs accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, in the State of Missouri.

B.S. in Computer Information Systems

In this program students learn everything they need to design, develop, and deploy a wide range of integrated, end-to-end applications and services to assist small, medium and large businesses become more connected with customers, employees, partners, and suppliers. Students will use products and technologies to build solutions that connect people to each other and to the business processes. Students will learn how to integrate line of applications and processes, how to perform communication, and how to develop comprehensive and reliable solutions.

B.S. in Cybersecurity

The Cybersecurity program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,


Cybersecurity is a national security issue and an economic concern for the United States. Southeast is the first university in Missouri to offer a cybersecurity bachelor’s degree. This new, dynamic major prepares students to be leaders in the protection of cyber enabled systems.

Master of Science in Applied Computer Science

Computer scientists develop software for the computer systems and networks that power today’s world. Software enables the social, economic and governmental systems, and everyone depends on software when using social media, streaming a movie, making a purchase, driving a car, using personal apps, or using software that powers medical, flight and space systems. Today’s society requires software that is developed with demanding performance, reliability and safety standards. Developing such software requires a high degree of specialization and critical experience as computer scientists.

Graduate study in Applied Computer Science at Southeast Missouri State University provides students with opportunities to further their education through advanced courses in their area(s) of interest, and to exercise and sharpen skills developed during their undergraduate education. Our program is designed to meet the needs of the regional and national industry. It is tailored to suit CS professionals working in the industry to advance their careers or for students to prepare for graduate studies/competitive jobs and for students with no background in CS who want to prepare for a career.

Through hands-on exposure to a variety of computer systems, tools and techniques, Master program in Applied Computer Science provides excellent preparation for students seeking careers in software-related computing fields. Course work includes theoretical computer science, software construction, data analytics, emerging and converging technologies, Cloud Computing and many more. Students with advanced degree in Applied Computer Science enjoy high demand for their expertise. Employers include Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Department of Defense, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Verizon, and many more.

The program requires 32 credit hours and offers the flexibility for students to choose from a wide range of electives. The course only and the thesis options are available.

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

The Master's in Cybersecurity degree at Southeast focuses on developing a highly skilled Cybersecurity workforce with specialization in the area of critical infrastructure as defined by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated 18 industries as critical infrastructure. This categorization reflects the fact that the compromise of any of these industries could pose significant threats to the well-being of the nation or human life. Critical infrastructure therefore forms the backbone of the nation's economy. DHS recognizes a major shortfall in highly trained Cybersecurity professionals this area of critical infrastructure.

The Master's program at Southeast thereby addresses this need of training new graduates, as well as retrain existing practitioners with the skills required to protect the nation's critical infrastructure. From classroom lectures to hands-on experience in the world of cybersecurity, we will prepare students for careers in the industry. Students will have an opportunity to take courses in computational cryptography, introduction of cybersecurity, information security in system administration, and security of critical infrastructure.
The program requires 30 credit hours and offers the flexibility for students to choose from a wide range of electives. The thesis and non-thesis options are available.


Dempster Hall 021A
Department of Computer Science
One University Plaza, MS 5950
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701