The master of science program in computer science offers students the opportunity to engage in course work, research projects, and other activities designed to develop theoretical background and up-to-date practical skills in the rapidly changing area of Computer Science. The program provides a broad spectrum of study in preparation for careers in advanced computer research areas. The program allows students flexibility in planning their program of study after the initial course requirements are met.
The program is open to Computer Science graduates and also to selected students whose preparation is outside Computer Science. However, students entering graduate study from outside the computer science area may be required to go through additional preparation before beginning their graduate program. Those students who have some deficiency in their undergraduate training but are well qualified in other aspects may be admitted provisionally. The department may prescribe a number of prerequisite courses to make up for the deficiency.
Courses (24 credit hours)
A minimum of eight courses (24 credit hours) is required: three core courses (9 credit hours), and five electives (15 credit hours).
Core Courses (9 credit hours)
All candidates must take the following three core courses:
Graduate thesis work is an important and required part of the Computer Science Master of Science degree program. Each student must submit a thesis topic that has been approved by a faculty advisor by the end of the first academic year. Various research topics are discussed in ENGR 5940, Graduate Thesis Seminar. Students must complete ENGR 5940 before registering for thesis credits. To ensure adequate faculty consultation on the thesis, the student must register for CSCE 5981 Graduate Thesis, after the completion of 15 credit hours. Students must register in CSCE 5981 for at least two semesters. The first two registrations in CSCE 5981 must be for three credit hours, after that CSCE 5981 is taken for one credit hour each semester until completion of the program requirements. Students will not be allowed to register for the second time in CSCE 5981 unless they have defended their thesis proposal.