Program Description and Policies

Program Description

The George Washington University-Booz Allen Hamilton Corporate Partnership Program in Master of Science in Computer Science, Master of Science in Cybersecurity, and Graduate Certificate in Computer Security and Information Assurance is designed to provide practicing professional with a competitive edge and to prepare them for the doctoral degree program if they so choose.

The 10-course, 30 credit-hour M.S. program is open to individuals who have an undergraduate degree in computer science or related fields. The program emphasizes both the fundamentals of computer science and relevant application areas. The Graduate Certificate is designed to give a deep understanding of specific areas of computer science dealing with computer security.

The students are able to specialize in areas such as computer security, machine learning, computer graphics, software engineering, systems administration, networking and the cloud, database and information retrieval systems, and systems and computer architecture.

The courses and the M.S. degrees are exactly the same as the ones offered on the main campus in DC and are taught by the same group of faculty. All courses meet once a week in the evening at the GW Foggy Bottom or Ballston Campuses and are offered Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters.

The student may choose to pursue either an MS in Computer Science or an MS in Cybersecurity. If the student is interested in the 4-course graduate certificate in Computer Security and Information Assurance (CSIA) but not in the full M.S. degree, s/he may enroll in the graduate certificate only and take just those courses. After earning the graduate certificate, the student may apply for the M.S. degree and transfer the courses taken into the M.S. program.

Individual Program

Each Booz Allen Hamilton employee in the program may design their own program in consultation with their faculty advisor. A set of suggested tracks are given here.

Grading Policies

Students who receive two (or more) grades of F will be dismissed from the program. Students who receive three (or more) grades below B- will be dismissed from the program. A student must have a Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 in order to graduate.