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Master of Science

The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate level coursework; up to 10 hours can be transferred from other accredited graduate programs. Each new student is assigned a faculty member to serve as an academic adviser. The academic adviser helps students select courses and reviews the student's progress until a major professor is selected.

Must include one course from each of the following areas:
  • Implementation
  • Languages
  • Systems
  • Structures
  • Theory
  • Specialization

Please see the guidelines for the master of science degree for course details. Students must receive a grade of "B" or better for each course used to satisfy the above requirements.

Program Options

Thesis Option: Perform original research that culminates in a written thesis; six credit hours of CIS 899 are awarded for the work. This option requires 30 credit hours for a master's degree.

Report Option: Undertake a project that culminates in a written report; one credit hour of CIS 897 and two credit hours of CIS 898 are awarded for the work.  Project work from CIS 690 can be applied to the project, subject to the approval of the major professor. This option requires 30 credit hours for a master's degree.

Non-Thesis/Non-Report Option: Write a major paper, for example, as part of a CIS 8XX course. This option requires 33 credit hours of CIS coursework for a master's degree.

Program of Study
The Graduate School requires all Graduate Students to file a Program of Study. This a formal list of courses the student intends to take to fulfill the degree requirements.

Deadline to submit a program of study:
  • Full-time students- end of second semester
  • Part-time students- upon completion of nine credit hours
Computer Science Graduate Students must submit a program of study checklist along with their program of study. Once your program of study has been filled out and signed by your major professor and supervisory committee members, please submit the checklist to the program coordinator.

M.S. Advising Form

Program of Study

Program of Study Change Form

Program of Study Checklist

Approval to Schedule Final Exam Ballot

M.S. Guidelines

Graduate Certificate Completion

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Minimum Admission Requirements
  • GRE scores (Institution Code: 6334, Department Code: 0402)
  • Minimum scores: Verbal – 146; Quantitative – 151; Analytical – 3.0
  • Graduation from an accredited institution with a baccalaureate degree in computer science or closely related field. 
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0.
International Students
  • Official TOEFL scores (Institution Code: 6334, Department Code: 78)
  • Must be at least 79 (internet based), visit the Graduate School for more details
Application Deadlines
Summer – January 8
Fall – January 8
Spring – August 1