Kennesaw State establishes doctoral degree program in computer science

    KENNESAW, Ga. (February 8, 2022) – The Board of Trustees of the University System of Georgia on Tuesday approved a new doctorate for the Kennesaw State College of Computer and Software Engineering.

    The new PhD in Computer Science is an innovative program that combines the highest level of theoretical foundations with the practice of computer science. The program will focus on computer theory, computer problems and solutions, as well as the design of computer systems and user interfaces. The program will build on established practices that allow students to work on real-world research problems and gain valuable work experience.

    “This program continues to build on the roadmap that the State of Kennesaw has developed to help us become one of the leading R2 research universities in the country. By increasing the number of programs we offer to students interested in pursuing advanced degrees, and creating more research opportunities for faculty and students, KSU will continue to commit to developing develop a highly educated workforce for Georgia,” said Interim President Kathy Schwaig.

    Earlier this month, KSU was again designated a doctoral university with high research activity, or R2 university, according to Carnegie’s Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. This places it among the largest suburban research universities in the US

    Employment in computer and information technology occupations is forecast to grow 13% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Georgia Department of Labor lists computer occupations as “Hot Jobs” because computer-related jobs pay well above the state average, have the state average job growth, state and has at least 400 jobs annually.

    Kennesaw State’s program requires six credit hours of internship, which will allow students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world applications.

    Dean Sumanth Yenduri said: “This program supports the College of Computer and Software Engineering’s desire to produce cutting-edge researchers and well-prepared educators in the fields computers are in high demand. “The program design builds on established practices by allowing students to work on real-world research problems and gain valuable experience.”

    Students can enroll in the program for the fall semester of 2022.

    – Abbey O’Brien Barrows

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    At the forefront of innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two campuses in the city of Atlanta, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. Its vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global relationships, and entrepreneurial spirit attract students from around the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated (R2) doctoral research facility that ranks among the elite group of only 6% of US colleges and universities with R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit

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