Master of Computer Science program is one for the students who wish to gain latest computer technology and its related knowledge for applying it into real world business organizations. The degree is known with name of MCS and MS CS as well, Master of Computer Sciences is the full form for both. However, there is minute difference between the both, MS CS is more of a research oriented program, whereas, MCS doesn’t requires such research work to be carried out. It is a two-year master degree program offered by almost all private and public sector institutes of Pakistan.
This degree helps students in understanding the core and advanced concepts in the field of computer sciences. In addition to that, instructors train students to apply latest tools of computerized world to solve real business world problems. Curriculum is one of the challenging curriculums in which students are rigorously involved in practicing what is being taught. The key contents of the program involve the teaching of algorithms, data structures, artificial intelligence, operating systems, database design, high performance computing, human computer interaction, networking, scientific computation and software engineering. MCS able the students in applying networking, database, programming and many other learned concepts in different projects through which they are understood in a better and enhanced manner. Furthermore, students are not only able to learn the successful ways of getting the task done but certain constraints are also identified.
The universities have their own merit and entry requirements, however, the general criteria of many universities are mentioned below:
- Minimum of 14 years of education with at least 45% marks in case of an annual system and 2.0 CGPA in case of a semester system from a recognized institute.
- No 3rd division in the entire academic career of the applicant.
- All foreign qualifications to submit an equivalence certificate.
- In case, the previous degree is any other language than English, the same transcript is to be provided in English.
Curriculum of the degree
Students are taught variety of subjects in the field of computer sciences as per the latest trends and technology. Universities review their curriculum every year and keep on revising it for meeting the modern day requirements. The courses which are offered at large include programming, data structures, digitalization, computing, database systems, computer networks, software engineering, web development, application development, algorithms, computer architecture, automation, artificial intelligence and operating systems. However, a lot of stress has also been put forward on the skills development, therefore, courses such as, communication skills, personality development etc. are also made part of the degree.
Specializations in MCS / MS CS
It is quite different from the other fields as specializations are offered in the last semesters. However, same is practiced at a Bachelor degree level in BS CS / B. Sc. but from there on wards, the fields related to computer sciences are of such vast nature that they have different degrees for themselves. Hence, MCS / MS CS provides a basic concept and is more like a general MBA degree in which graduates are free to move within the fields. Nevertheless, students interested in other fields can opt degrees as follow:
- Master of Data Sciences
- Master of Software Engineering
- Master of Data Analytics
- Master of Artificial Intelligence
- Master of Information Technology
- Master of Computer Engineering
- Master of Quality Management
Career scope after the degree
After completing the degree, one can take up many professions but a specialized profession can only be pursued on the basis of a specialized degree, such as, an artificial intelligence specialist or data scientist etc. Nevertheless, there are still numerous opportunities available in the external market despite not going for any specialized degree. Few of the students also have gained certain experience after Bachelor degree and therefore, after Master degree, they can go for a higher career position. The careers that are available after MCS / MS CS degree are as below:
- Systems Analyst
- IT Manager
- Software / Web / App Developer
- Software / Web / App Programmer
- Network Specialist
- Database Administrator
- Database Manager
- Cyber Security Manager
- IT Security Manager
- Software Quality Assurance Manager
- Graphics / Creative Manager
- Lecturers / Instructors
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