Master of Science in Applied Computer Science

About the Programme

The Master of Applied Computer Science programme at the Adventist University of Africa seeks to contribute to filling the shortage of professionals and researchers needed for the full adoption of digital transformation. The programme has three specializations: Cybersecurity, Network and Systems Administration and Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

Purpose of the Programme

The Master of Applied Computer Science programme seeks to develop competent professionals and scientists who can embrace research in digital transformation and systems integration within the continent of Africa. Specializations are in cybersecurity, network and systems administration as well as Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

1. Cybersecurity specialization provides graduates with skills to ensure and enhance the security of systems in businesses and organisations.

2. Network and Systems Administration specialization produce graduates who can ensure proper deployment and configuration of systems for proper operation.

3. Data Science and Artificial Intelligence specialization seeks to produce graduates who will drive innovations and utilize opportunities brought by advances in science, technology, and research. 

The philosophy of the Master of Science in Applied Computer Science is derived from the basic beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist church and the mission of the University concerning the need for stewardship and development of the person in order to maintain the physical, mental and spiritual health necessary for the in-dwelling of the Spirit of God and provision of service to individuals, the local community as well as the broader society.

The specific philosophy of this programme is that 21st-century scientists and technicians are required not only to be competent in their respective areas of specialization but also thrust worthy, reliable, committed, and accountable to God, to their employer, and their direct supervisor.

Applicants must:

1. Have a first degree in computer science or related fields (Information Technology, Information Systems, and relevant Engineering degrees) from a recognized university with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 on a 4-point scale or its equivalent grade of 60%.  Applicants with a CGPA of 2.5 to 2.99 or 55% to 59% may be accepted on probation.

2. Have two Recommendations: One from a religious leader and one from your previous university or from the employing organization if employed. Submit the name, email address and designation of your referees, and AUA admissions will email the link for completing the online recommendation form. The applicant should seek the consent of the referee before submitting their details.

 3. Demonstrate proficiency in English.

Programme Coordinator: Dr Lossan BondeEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Duration of the Program

Years

Semesters/Sessions

Full-time

2

4

Part-time

3

3

 

Requirements

Credits

Core Courses

15

Specialization

18

Research & Thesis/Project

12

Total

45

 Specializations: 

  • Cybersecurity
  • E-Services
  • Network and Systems Administration

  

MSC

Core Courses

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

ACSP 601

Christian Ethics and Values

3

 

ACSP 604

Business Intelligence and E-Business

3

 

ACSP 608

Seminars in Trends in Computing and Technology

3

 

ACSP 609

Advanced Database Systems & Database Security

3

 

ACSP 621

Business Management

3

   

Total

15

       

Cybersecurity

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

ACSP 618

Security Risk Management and Policy

3

 

ACSP 631

IT Security

3

 

ACSP 632

Applied Cryptography

3

 

ACSP 633

Offensive Security

3

 

ACSP 651

Malware Analysis

3

 

ACSP 652

Cyber Operations and Cyber Forensics

3

   

Total

18

       

E-Services

     
 

ACSP 628

Artificial Intelligence

3

 

ACSP 636

Mobile Application Development

3

 

ACSP 640

Cloud Computing

3

 

ACSP 648

Web Applications and Services

3

 

ACSP 662

Big Data

3

 

ACSP 663

Internet of Things

3

   

Total

18

       

Network and Systems Administration

     
 

ACSP 617

Systems Administration

3

 

ACSP 618

Security Risk and Management Policy

3

 

ACSP 619

Network Administration

3

 

ACSP 631

IT Security

3

 

ACSP 640

Cloud Computing

3

 

ACSP 668

Emerging Computing and Network Technologies

3

   

Total

18

       

Research

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

ACSP 610

Research and Publication in Computer Science

3

 

ACSP 661

ACSP 662

ACSP 663

Research in Cybersecurity or

Research in Computing Technologies and AI or

Research in Networking and Systems Administration

3

 

ACSP 680

Thesis / Project

6

   

Total

15

Grand Total:

   

45

 

Schedule

Cyber Security – Full Time (2 years)

 

Year

Session 1

Cr

Session 2

Cr

Year 1

ACSP 601 Christian Ethics and Values

3

ACSP 618 Security Risk & Management Policy

3

ACSP 604 Business Intelligence and E-Business

3

ACSP 621 Research in Cybersecurity

3

ACSP 608 Seminars on Trends in Computing and Technology

3

ACSP 631 IT Security

3

ACSP 609 Advanced Database Systems & Database Security

3

ACSP 632 Applied Cryptography

3

ACSP 610 Research and Publication in Computer Science

3

   

TOTAL CREDEITS

15

TOTAL CREDITS

12

Year 2

Session 1

Cr

Session 2

Cr

ACSP 624 Business Management

3

ACSP 680 Thesis / Project (writing and defense)

6

ACSP 633 Offensive Security

3

 

ACSP 651 Malware Analysis

3

ACSP 652 Cyber Ops and Cyber Forensics

3

Proposal Defense

0

 

TOTAL CREDEITS

12

TOTAL CREDEITS

6

  

Cyber Security – Part Time (3 years)

 

Year 1

Session 1

Cr

Year 2

Session 1

Cr

ACSP 601 Christian Ethics and Values

3

ACSP 621 Research in Cybersecurity

3

ACSP 604 Business Intelligence and E-Business

3

ACSP 631 IT Security

3

ACSP 608 Seminars on Trends in Computing and Technology

3

ACSP 632 Applied Cryptography

3

ACSP 609 Database Management Systems and Database Security

3

ACSP 633 Offensive Security

3

ACSP 610 Research and Publication in Computer Science

3

ACSP 651 Malware Analysis

3

ACSP 618 Security Risk & Management Policy

3

Proposal Defense

0

TOTAL CREDEITS

18

TOTAL CREDITS

15

Year 3

Session 1

Cr

 

ACSP 624 Business Management

3

ACSP 652 Cyber Ops and Cyber Forensics

3

ACSP 680 Thesis / Project (writing and defense)

6

TOTAL CREDEITS

12

 

E-Services – Full Time (2 years)

Year

Session 1

Cr

Session 2

Cr

Year 1

ACSP 601 Christian Ethics and Values

3

ACSP 622 Research in Computing Technologies and AI

3

ACSP 604 Business Intelligence and E-Business

3

ACSP 628 Artificial Intelligence

3

ACSP 608 Seminars on Trends in Computing and Technology

3

ACSP 636 Mobile Application Development

3

ACSP 609 Advanced Database Systems & Database Security

3

ACSP 640 Cloud Computing

3

ACSP 610 Research and Publication in Computer Science

3

   

TOTAL CREDEITS

15

TOTAL CREDEITS

12

Year 2

Session 1

Cr

Session 2

Cr

ACSP 624 Business Management

3

ACSP 680 Thesis / Project (writing and defense)

6

ACSP 648 Web Applications and Services

3

 

ACSP 662 Big Data

3

ACSP 663 Internet of Things

3

Proposal Defense

0

 

TOTAL CREDEITS

12

TOTAL CREDEITS

6

 

E-Services – Part Time (3 years)

Year 1

Session 1

Cr

Year 2

Session 1

Cr

ACSP 601 Christian Ethics and Values

3

ACSP 622 Research in Computing Technologies and AI

3

ACSP 604 Business Intelligence and E-Business

3

ACSP 636 Mobile Application Development

3

ACSP 608 Seminars on Trends in Computing and Technology

3

ACSP 640 Cloud Computing

3

ACSP 609 Database Management Systems and Database Security

3

ACSP 648 Web Applications and Services

3

ACSP 610 Research and Publication in Computer Science

3

ACSP 662 Big Data

3

ACSP 628 Artificial Intelligence

3

Proposal Defense

0

TOTAL CREDEITS

18

TOTAL CREDEITS

15

Year 3

Session 1

Cr

 

ACSP 624 Business Management

3

ACSP 663 Internet of Things

3

ACSP 680 Thesis / Project (writing and defense)

6

TOTAL CREDEITS

12

 

Network and Systems Administration – Full Time (2 years)

Year

First Semester

Cr

Second Semester

Cr

Year 1

ACSP 601 Christian Ethics and Values

3

ACSP 617 Systems Administration

3

ACSP 604 Business Intelligence and E-Business

3

ACSP 618 Security Risk & Management Policy

3

ACSP 608 Seminars on Trends in Computing and Technology

3

ACSP 623 Research in Network & Syst. Admin

3

ACSP 609 Advanced Database Systems & Database Security

3

ACSP 631 IT Security

3

ACSP 610 Research and Publication in Computer Science

3

   

TOTAL CREDEITS

15

TOTAL CREDEITS

12

Year 2

First Semester

Cr

Second Semester

Cr

ACSP 624 Business Management

3

ACSP 680 Thesis / Project (writing and defense)

6

ACSP 619 Network Administration

3

 

ACSP 640 Cloud Computing

3

ACSP 668 Emerging Computing and Network Technologies

3

Proposal Defense

0

TOTAL CREDEITS

12

TOTAL CREDEITS

6

 

Network and Systems Administration – Part Time (3 years)

Year 1

Session 1

Cr

Year 2

Session 1

Cr

ACSP 601 Christian Ethics and Values

3

ACSP 617 Systems Administration

3

ACSP 604 Business Intelligence and E-Business

3

ACSP 619 Network Administration

3

ACSP 608 Seminars on Trends in Computing and Technology

3

ACSP 623 Research in Network & Syst. Admin

3

ACSP 609 Advanced Database Systems and Database Security

3

ACSP 631 IT Security

3

ACSP 610 Research and Publication in Comp Science

3

ACSP 640 Cloud Computing

3

ACSP 618 Security Risk & Management Policy

3

Proposal Defense

0

TOTAL CREDEITS

18

TOTAL CREDEITS

15

Year 3

Session 1

Cr

 

ACSP 624 Business Management

3

ACSP 668 Emerging Computing and Network Technologies

3

ACSP 680 Thesis / Project (writing and defense)

6

TOTAL CREDEITS

12