The Specialization (Spec) project consist of 8 credits, spanning over two semesters, and is mandatory for all students in the Jacobs Master’s programs. The Spec project is a chance for students to do a deeper dive into a topic of their choosing, honing specialized skills, implementing novel prototypes, analyzing complex data sets, or pursuing user-centered design studies.

Please note, all students are required to enroll in TECHIE 5901: Intro to Spec (1 cr) during their first semester where they will work towards solidifying their Spec project objectives.

Project requirements can be completed in one of two tracks: Anchor Course & Self-Directed Project, or Faculty-Directed Independent Study. Students may explore both tracks initially before committing to one or the other by mid-November of their first semester. Any changes must be made before the add/drop deadline for Spring.