Degrees & Majors
Choose from dozens of nationally ranked and recognized programs and more than 250 majors, minors and pathways at the university offering the widest variety of fields of study in Georgia.
In today’s highly competitive global environment, the effective deployment of information technology has become the key to organizational success. There is a continuing shortage of individuals with the combination of business and technology skills needed to develop and manage information systems that provide competitive advantage in the global marketplace. The mission of the CIS major in the B.B.A. program is to produce graduates able to fill this need. Students will learn how to combine their general business knowledge with the latest software engineering tools and techniques to create information systems needed by today’s organizations.
Robinson’s Ph.D. program in information systems seeks to attract the very best students, train them to become excellent researchers and teachers, and place them in top research institutions.
Designed to help young scholars gain the tools and training they need to compete for faculty positions at research-oriented universities, it is recognized as one of the leading programs in the world in the field. Through a combination of faculty mentoring, hands-on research opportunities and coursework, our program grooms students to become productive scholars. The program also provides an opportunity to develop teaching skills and gain the type of classroom experience necessary to be competitive in that dimension.
For the latest information about required courses, view the Robinson College of Business website.
The year-long computer science endorsement program is designed for teachers who are interested in adding the field of computer science education to a current, renewable teaching certificate held in a content area other than computer science. Applicants' certificate level must be level 4 or higher and at any grade level pre-kindergarten through 12th grade or another eligible field. Candidates who successfully complete the program are prepared to effectively teach computer science courses at the pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade level. The program has four courses and begins in fall semester each year. In the fall, students take one class about digital literacy and cybersecurity. In the spring, students take one class about computational thinking and human-computer interaction. During the summer, students take two classes: A programming course designed specifically for future computing teachers and a computer science teaching methods course. During the fall and spring semesters, we offer frequent Saturday office hours for candidates who want to meet face-to-face with each other or the instructors to ask questions or work on assignments.
What Is Computer Science? Computer Science is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and of practical techniques for their application and implementation in computer systems. Why Study Computer Science? Computers are a mainstay in today’s society. Whether at home, school, or in the workplace, people use technology. Understanding how computer systems work and learning how to make everyday tasks more efficient are valuable skills. Studying computer science introduces students to the exciting and ever-changing technological world. Perimeter College’s guided pathway in Computer Science teaches students the fundamentals of the science while also helping them to learn how to conceptualize, design and implement technology solutions. The pathway prepares students for careers in technology and for transfer to a four-year institution. Perimeter College computer science students can benefit from scholarships, stipends, undergraduate research and STEM initiatives, such as ENLISTEM, MESA, PSLSAMP and STEP. Routinely, Perimeter’s students win national conference awards for research projects, and the robotics team consistently places in the top three in the Association for Computing Machinery Southeast Regional Robotics Competition. A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor's degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.
Program Information Computer science is the systematic exploration of all aspects of computation. Computer science as a discipline seeks to build a scientific foundation for topics such as computer design, computer programming and software, information processing, algorithmic solutions to problems, and the algorithmic process itself. Computer science provides underpinnings for today’s applications in industry, science, government, and business and prepares the foundation for tomorrow’s applications in ubiquitous computing, medical cures for diseases, and instant access to information by everyone. The B.S. degree program in computer science provides preparation in the fundamental principles and processes of computation and training in applying these principles in application areas in industry, science, government, and business. The student completes a basic group of required courses in the early stages and chooses courses from several concentrations in the later stages to provide for appropriate breadth and depth of knowledge in the discipline. A B.S. degree in computer science provides a good foundation for advanced studies at the M.S. or Ph.D. level as well as for careers in industry, science, government, and business. To plan the major according to particular goals, students are encouraged to consult with an adviser in the department. Majors who are interested in having a paid work experience related to their area of study should contact the university’s Office of Cooperative Education, which coordinates the university’s cooperative education programs. For the latest information about required courses, view the Undergraduate Catalog. For more information about the Minor in Computer Science, visit the Department of Computer Science website.
The Computer Science M.S. program offers students a wide variety of research and technology areas of focus including: Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning Deep Learning Computer Architecture Database Data Mining Big Data Graphics and Visualization Networks Security and Privacy Parallel and Distributed Computing Cloud Computing Cyber Physical Systems Internet of Things (IoT) Programming Languages Algorithms Simulation and Software Engineering A Bioinformatics concentration and Security & Privacy concentration are available.
A baccalaureate or master’s degree in computer science, or its equivalent, is required for admission to the Ph.D. program. The department encourages applications from high-tech and teaching professionals and those with non-computer science but closely related degrees. Pursuing the Ph.D. program part-time is possible, so working professionals are encouraged to consider applying. Competitive financial aid is available for full-time Ph.D. students, along with tuition waivers. Ph.D. Admission Requirements – Requirements for admission to the Ph.D. degree program Ph.D. Degree Requirements – Requirements for completing the Ph.D. degree Ph.D. (Bioinformatics Concentration) Degree Requirements – Requirements for completing the Ph.D. degree with a concentration in bioinformatics For the latest information about required courses, view the Department of Computer Science website.
The Corporate Learning Professional Certificate is a 12-credit-hour program of study. The content is the same as some of the courses taught in the M.S. Instructional Design and Technology program. The online program is for individuals interested in working in a wide variety of education, training and development areas such as those found in business, industry, government agencies, the military and nonprofit organizations. This certificate is designed to meet the challenges created by the growing demand for instructional design, eLearning development and alignment of learning results with business results and programs in corporate learning organizations. The program emphasizes the competencies required to design, develop, facilitate and evaluate learning and development programs. The goal of the certificate program is to help students meet the qualifications to advance in their field related to education and training, and open up additional avenues for the students to pursue a career in instructional design or human performance technology. Through a combination of classroom and practical activities, this program provides participants with the opportunity to design, develop, manage and evaluate corporate learning solutions that make effective use of best practices and industry standards of development. Ample opportunities are provided for applying the competencies learned in the classroom to job-related situations.
Counseling psychology is an applied specialty within the field of psychology that has focused on client strengths, the interaction between the person and the environment, career development and multiculturalism. The Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Validation can be attested by contacting the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; telephone 202-336-5979; email: email@example.com. Completion of the doctoral program contributes to students’ eligibility to become licensed and practice as a psychologist. The Ph.D. in counseling psychology is designed for students who want to pursue careers as university professors, researchers, psychotherapists or directors of psychological services. Our program classes are in downtown Atlanta near five American Psychological Association-accredited pre-doctoral internship sites, where our students can take advantage of practicum training opportunities. Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data for Georgia State Counseling Psychology Program
Our counselor education and practice degree is for you if you are interested in educating, training and supervising future clinical mental health, rehabilitation or school counselors. This program is also for those interested in research, social justice and advocacy in the counseling profession. Move forward towards obtaining a doctorate degree to better enhance your career choices. Our Ph.D. degree is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This program allows future students to generate their own research, critically enhance their counseling competencies and learn new skills in teaching and supervision. Upon completion, students teach and supervise in university settings, work in community agencies as clinicians and administrators and become directors of practice and research institutes. Program Performance Data 2018-2019 Students also have the capability to continue specializing and developing areas of expertise in: Multicultural counseling Play therapy with children and adolescents Trauma and stress LGBTQ issues in counseling and counselor education Disability, health and chronic illness Suicide and crisis Program evaluation Quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methodologies
The M.A. program in creative and innovative education (MACIE) is designed for people who wish to further their knowledge about children as creative thinkers and innovative makers. Our graduates work in diverse fields, such as business, nonprofits, the creative arts, kindergarten through 12th grade education and community outreach organizations. Education courses provide students with a background in child development theories, learning strategies, critical and creative thinking skills and examinations of children’s lives in contemporary society, all through the lens of creative education Additional coursework in business, policy, education or the arts allows students to focus on content that will prepare them for their specific goals Apprenticeships connect students with organizations and businesses in the metro-Atlanta area to expand their knowledge and skills in areas such as nonprofit organizations, start-up companies, after-school programs and teacher leadership Note: This program does not prepare students to earn a Georgia teaching credential.
The Department offers the M.A., the M.F.A. in poetry or fiction, and the Ph.D. with concentrations in literary studies, rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. The Department also actively supports the Graduate English Association’s goals to assist graduate students by providing helpful teaching resources, professional development tips, and a sense of community. For the latest information about required courses, view the Department of English website.
The Ph.D. program in English, Concentration in Creative Writing, is one of the top 15 in the U.S., as ranked by Poets & Writers. The program offers graduate students the opportunity to work closely with our award-winning faculty while living and writing in Atlanta, an international city with a vibrant literary culture. Our students publish—recently with Random House, Algonquin Books, St Martin’s, Alice James Books, Bloomsbury, Anhinga Press and Louisiana State University Press—and win important prizes and fellowships, including the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from The Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Georgia Author of the Year Award. Our faculty include David Bottoms, Beth Gylys, John Holman, Sheri Joseph and Josh Russell. Visiting writers & editors enrich the program by giving readings and leading workshops and Q&As. Students may qualify for teaching assistantships, editorial assistantships and fellowships.
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program focuses on the study of the criminal justice system and its component parts, as well as the causes and consequences of crime. The degree program stresses an integrated view of the criminal justice system, highlighting relationships among system components in service provision and how the justice system influences and is influenced by other societal institutions. The curriculum provides students with a theoretical knowledge base in studies of crime and criminal justice, focusing on examining the system and its parts, as well as the roles of victims and offenders. The curriculum also provides students with a liberal arts education that focuses on basic skills, such as the abilities to read critically, write clearly, speak effectively and think analytically. The curriculum is broadly structured to meet the academic needs of pre-professional students, those already employed in the wide range of agencies that compose the criminal and juvenile justice systems, and those pursuing graduate education.
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice program focuses on the study of the criminal justice system and its component parts, as well as the causes and consequences of crime. The program stresses an integrated view of the criminal justice system, highlighting relationships among system components in service provision and how the justice system influences and is influenced by other societal institutions. The curriculum provides students with a theoretical knowledge base in studies of crime and criminal justice, focusing on examining the system and its parts, as well as the roles of victims and offenders. The curriculum provides students with a liberal arts education that focuses on basic skills, such as the abilities to read critically, write clearly, speak effectively and think analytically. The curriculum is broadly structured to meet the academic needs of pre-professional students, those already employed in the wide range of agencies that compose the criminal and juvenile justice systems, and those pursuing graduate education
The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and Criminology program is designed to train researchers and teacher-scholars in criminal justice and criminology. The program provides intensive one-on-one mentorship, a flexible curriculum, and core teaching and research skills that enable graduates to excel in university settings as well as research think tanks. Current and former doctoral students are involved in presenting their research at regional and national conferences. Faculty members in the department have involved doctoral students in their research projects, resulting in numerous publications with students. In addition, graduate students help plan and attend research colloquia and participate in student governance.
The online master’s degree program in criminal justice administration strengthens core leadership abilities and broadens knowledge of the strategies necessary to address rapidly emerging issues in criminal justice systems. The degree combines courses in criminal justice and criminology with principles and practices in public management. The degree prepares you to: Lead and manage in criminal justice systems in democratic societies. Understand, analyze and synthesize research on crime and criminal justice policy. Think critically to solve problems and make decisions that affect short- and long-term outcomes for the institutions you lead. Articulate and apply a set of ethical principles in the criminal justice system that comports with democratic values and respect for human rights. Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.
What Is Criminal Justice? Criminal justice is the system of practices and institutions of governments directed at upholding social control, deterring and mitigating crime, sanctioning those who violate laws and delivering penalties and/or rehabilitation efforts. Why Study Criminal Justice? Criminal justice courses offer a balanced introduction to the three facets of the criminal justice system: policing, courts and corrections. Students gain insight into criminal courts, security, police and corrections operations. They identify the legal, social and technological challenges in the criminal justice field. The study of criminal justice often serves as an introduction for students planning to attend law school. A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor's degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.