Computer Science - M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. Download to print
College of Arts and Sciences
The Master of Arts and Master of Science in Computer Science provide students with an educational and research environment to develop career paths through necessary training with emerging technologies. Graduates have the technical knowledge and skills necessary for success within the information and high technology industries.
M.A. and M.S.: Official transcript(s), goal statement, resume and three letters of recommendation. A student entering the program must have the core components of an undergraduate computer science curriculum. Students are required to have successfully completed coursework equivalent to Computer Science I - Programming and Problem Solving (CS 13001), Computer Science II - Data Structures and Abstraction (CS 23001), Discrete Structures (CS 23022), Computer Architecture (CS 35101), Operating Systems (CS 35211) and Design and Analysis of Algorithms (CS 46101). In mathematics, they are required to have successfully completed coursework equivalent to Calculus I (Math 12002), Calculus II (Math 12003), and Linear Algebra (Math 21001).
M.S. and M.A.: The master’s program requires a total of 32 graduate-level credit hours in computer science (courses outside computer science must be approved by the advisor and graduate coordinator).
M.S. thesis option: Candidates for the Master of Science degree must write and defend a suitable master's thesis for which 6 credit hours are earned in CS 69199 Thesis I. A master's thesis committee must be formed that includes the advisor and at least two other graduate faculty members. The thesis topic and committee must be approved by the advisor and graduate coordinator. The final version of the thesis must be approved by the advisor, committee and graduate coordinator.
Ph.D.: The candidacy examination is a comprehensive examination in the field of the major subject. The format of the candidacy examination will be determined by the student’s Candidacy Examination Committee, which is composed of the student’s advisor and two other graduate faculty members. The Candidacy Examination Committee must be approved by the graduate coordinator. The student must complete the candidacy examination at least one year before the dissertation defense.
M.A.: Candidates for the Master of Arts degree are required to enroll for 3 credit hours in CS 69098 Research under the direction of a graduate faculty member and to develop a master’s project. A master’s project committee must be formed that includes the advisor and at least two other graduate faculty members. The committee and project topic must be approved by the graduate coordinator. The student must present and defend the project to the committee.
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