The Professional Science Masters (PSM) Programs,
Master of Science in Computer and Engineering Science

  • Bioengineering (to be launched);
  • Communications and Photonics, and
  • Computer Hardware and Software Systems

The Master of Science degree in Computer and Engineering Science (MS-CES) at Sonoma State University is a multidisciplinary degree built on a strong foundation of Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and/or Electrical Sciences and recognized as PSM programs by the Council of Graduate Schools. The Professional Science Masters (PSM) degree is a unique professional degree grounded in science and/or mathematics and designed to prepare students for a variety of career options. The degree combines advanced coursework in science and/or math with an appropriate array of professional skill-development activities to produce graduates highly valued by employers and fully prepared to progress toward leadership roles. The Master of Science degree in Computer and Engineering Science (MS-CES) at Sonoma State University is a multidisciplinary degree built on a strong foundation of Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and/or Electrical Sciences and recognized as PSM programs by the Council of Graduate Schools.

The MSCES program emphasizes the application of Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and/or Electrical Sciences fields to the design, analysis and synthesis of engineering problem solutions, exposes to management training and provides practical real world experience through internships and graduate seminars. The MS-CES faculty is composed of professors from Sonoma State University, whose interests traverse the fields of science and engineering, as well as professionals from the local community who have cutting-edge expertise in the various engineering disciplines of interest and are qualified to be adjunct faculty in SSU. A linkage with local industry in the form of an Industry Advisory Board (IAB) is an integral part of the program. Such an advisory board is critical to ensure the Program meets local community needs. The IAB provides the Program with valuable input regarding the new scientific and technological developments and educational needs of the industry. It also facilitates internship opportunities for students, joint student research/project development and supervision, faculty-scientists/engineers joint project opportunities, equipment and financial support from the industries. Through this linkage of academic learning and practical application, students obtain a solid education indispensable for working in a professional environment. The MS-CES is a self-supported program that is underwritten by local industry as well as student tuition revenue. Therefore, as of this writing, tuition fee for this Program is $500 per unit for all students, resident and non-resident. The MS-CES is 32-35 unit program, not including any prerequisite work.

MSCES Program Educational Objectives

  • Educate and prepare students to be independent investigators.
  • Educate students to be leaders in their professions.
  • Educate students to be socially responsible engineers, committed to community service.

MSCES Program Outcomes

The students of this program will acquire:

  • knowledge of the theory of high performance computing, communications and/or networking
  • critical thinking ability and analytical and simulation tools to do system performance evaluation
  • ability to model and analyze scientific and engineering problems
  • ability to apply theory to design and implement efficient computing and/or communications systems
  • ability to integrate knowledge from multiple interrelated disciplines to formulate, design and/or implement interdisciplinary projects
  • ability to investigate and formulate research problems and/or design projects independently
  • ability for effective written and oral communication skills.