Gianforte School of Computing

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Welcome to the Gianforte School of Computing at Montana State University!

In August 2016, the Computer Science Department became the Gianforte School of Computing.  A School of Computing captures both the pervasive breadth, as well as the technical depth, of computer science in today's world.  Greg and Susan Gianforte are long-time supporters of our organization and provided this generous naming gift.  The gift accelerates our ability to provide high caliber learning experiences to any Montana State University student who wishes to study computer science.

And it is an exciting time to be a computer scientist.  During the past two decades, search engines, smart phones and social media have transformed our world.  In the coming years, the Internet of Things, intelligent devices and personalized robots will transform our world again.  If you enjoy creative problem solving, working with people and using computers to help invent the future, then you should consider studying computer science!

Because software pervades our world, computer scientists enjoy impactful, meaningful careers that include helping people lead healthier and more independent lives, taking better care of our environment, improving urban infrastructure and developing games.  On top of this, a high market demand for computer scientists results in flexible, well-paid careers.

We are an inclusive organization that strongly supports diversity.  Differences in race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, belief, age, national origin or physical capacity strengthen our organization, advance the computing profession and benefit society.  We welcome you!

Degree Overview

We offer a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree, and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science.  In addition, we offer a minor.  The B.S. degree has two options, a professional option and an interdisciplinary option, and is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,  The master’s degree also has two options, a thesis option and a courses-only option.

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