18 Seidenberg Graduate Programs DPS for Computing and IT ProfessionalsSubjectCourse NumberCreditsYear 1Software Design and ImplementationDCS 801, 803++6 credits total (3 per semester)Software Systems Development and EngineeringDCS 821, 823++6 credits total (3 per semester)Data Communications, Networking, and the InternetDCS 834, 835++6 credits total (3 per semester)Research SeminarDCS 891A, B, C+++3 credits total (1 per semester)Year 2Topics in Computing and Information TechnologyDCS 860, 861++12 credits total (6 credits per semester)Research SeminarDCS 891D, E, F+++3 credits total (1 per semester)Year 3Dissertation for DPS in ComputingDCS 990, 991++12 credits total (6 credits per semester)FallSpringSummerThis innovative post-master's doctoral degree takes your work and personal life into consideration, as well as your desire to further your education and advance your career. As a practicing IT profes-sional, you will find what you learn in this innovative program can be readily applied to your present professional environment. To offer the greatest possible convenience to students, coursework is conducted at monthly, on-campus residencies (Friday evening and all day Saturday), while additional study is done remotely via the Internet at the time and place that works best for you.The DPS program offers two areas of concentration: the DPS for Com-puting and IT Professionals and the DPS for Education Professionals.DPS for Computing and IT Professionals The Pace Doctor of Professional Studies in Computing gives you the knowledge, experience, and skills that are highly valued by organiza-tions today. The program focuses on the advancement of the practice of computing through applied research and development. This highly personal approach to education is considered by the National Sci-ence Foundation to be a research doctorate equivalent to the PhD.Degree Requirements (48 credits)Core Curriculum 18Advanced Elective Sequence 12Research Seminar Sequence 6Dissertation 12Total Credits: 48Doctor of Professional Studies in Computing (DPS)
Seidenberg Graduate Programs 19 DPS for Education ProfessionalsSubjectCourse NumberCreditsYear 1Application Database Systems Development, Design, and Implementation I and IIDCS 811, 812++6 credits total (3 per semester)Data Communications, Networking, and the InternetDCS 833, 834++6 credits total (3 per semester)Research SeminarDCS 891A, B++6 credits total (3 per semester)Year 2Topics in Computing and Information TechnologyDCS 860, 861+++12 credits totalResearch SeminarDCS 891D, E+++6 credits totalYear 3Dissertation for DPS in ComputingDCS 990, 991++12 credits total (6 credits per semester)FallSpringSummerDPS for Education Professionals Designed as a separate cohort program, the DPS for Education Pro-fessionals gives public and private school administrators, directors of technology, librarians, or instructional technology specialists the opportunity to expand their knowledge base over a range of comput-ing topics, as well as to integrate the academic and professional aspects of computing.Degree Requirements (48 credits)Core Curriculum 12Advanced Elective Sequence 12Research Seminar Sequence 12Dissertation 12Total Credits: 48 Prerequisites for both degrees A master's degree in computing, information technology, or a closely related field, and several years of experience as an IT professional.Research Seminar Students are introduced to a variety of methods and styles of computing research through presentations by faculty and industry professionals and by studying selected research documents. Students learn to identify new computing research problems and to formulate research proposals in preparation for dissertation research.The Dissertation The dissertation is an original, rigorous, independent applied re-search product that may advance knowledge, improve professional practice, and/or contribute to the understanding of computing. The dissertation must be of sufficient strength to be able to distill from it a paper worthy of publication in a refereed journal or conference proceeding. Although publication is not a requirement for complet-ing the doctoral degree, students are required to prepare a paper to submit for publication.