Lamar University Department of Computer Science offers an MS degree in computer science. The Curriculum is designed to prepare those who aspire to careers related to networking, database design and intelligent systems. It is an excellent program for those who have a background in computer science, but it is designed so that those without such a background can still complete the requirements for the degree within 2 years. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. The objective of the master's degree is to produce professional computer scientists capable of contributing technically to the basic core areas of computer science as well as to application areas. A mixture of course, laboratory and research work in the program is designed to place graduates at the forefront of technical excellence.