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Clemson announces fully online Master of Science in Computer Science degree with distance learning partner Coursera


Clemson University has partnered with Coursera to offer a fully online Master of Science in Computer Science degree (MSCS), empowering working adults by blending flexibility with real-time collaboration.

The AI-focused computer science program prepares students for a rapidly evolving workforce, educating future technical leaders to thoughtfully use AI to solve society’s most pressing challenges and create a positive impact. Students can watch lecture videos anytime while engaging with peers and tenure-track faculty and can complete the MSCS in approximately 20 to 36 months.

“Our partnership with Coursera supports an important pillar of the Clemson Elevate strategic plan to deliver the No. 1 student experience. This Master of Science in Computer Science program allows Clemson to expand innovative instruction while driving educational growth and workforce development in a rapidly changing field that crosscuts industries, communities and skillsets,” said Clemson University’s Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Robert H. Jones.

This 10-course program features a:
– New AI-first curriculum. Leading faculty within Clemson’s School of Computing designed the MSCS to contain five AI courses, responding to a growing demand for AI skills.
– Strong emphasis on ethics. To positively harness the power of AI, the program teaches students how to examine the implications of each AI system before exploring it further.
– Robust theoretical foundation and real-world skills. Students learn core software engineering principles needed to build reliable, scalable software systems before diving into advanced topics, including deep learning, data science and data mining.
– Hands-on approach to learning. By completing complex projects in real-world computing environments, students actively apply their knowledge and build a substantial portfolio.

“This Master of Science in Computer Science program is timely, industry-relevant and thoughtfully designed to be approachable to learners from many backgrounds, for example those looking for opportunities for mid-career advancement. The modern and cutting-edge curriculum ensures that learners can succeed, whether they hold a formal computer science background or whether their computing background comes from prior real-world experience. We are excited to be able to partner with Coursera to offer this program at Clemson University,” said Brian Dean, professor and C.  Tycho Howle  Director of the  Clemson School of Computing.

Enrollment opens May 1, with the first courses beginning in August 2024. To learn more, visit Coursera online.