Nov 27, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Master of Science in Computer Science


Plan Description


Our master’s program gives you the opportunity to study different areas, including:

  • Design and analysis of algorithms
  • Operating and distributed systems
  • Computer architecture and networking
  • Computational geometry and robotics
  • Computer graphics and image processing
  • Programming languages and compiler construction
  • Artificial intelligence and expert systems
  • Database design, document analysis, and retrieval
  • Software engineering

 

Students can pursue for MS degree by opting four different subplans:

  1. Subplan 1: Thesis
  2. Subplan 2: Project
  3. Subplan 3: Integrated BS/MS
  4. Subplan 4 to 11: Exam

The Integrated BS/MS subplan is designed to provide high-achieving UNLV CS undergraduate students with opportunity to take up to three graduate level CS courses that can count towards both BS and MS degree programs at UNLV.

 

For more information about your program including your graduate program handbook and learning outcomes please visit the Degree Directory.

Plan Admission Requirements


Application deadlines

Applications available on the UNLV Graduate College website.

Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate College:

  • An application and official transcripts of all college level work with a minimum GPA of 3.00.
  • Two letters of recommendation concerning the student’s potential for succeeding in the graduate program.
  • A set of official transcripts.
  • The results of the Graduate Record Examination current to within five years should be sent directly to the department. The preferred minimum score requirement is 297. The GRE requirement is waived for students participating in the Integrated BS-MS subplan.


In addition, applicants must have completed courses and their prerequisites equivalent to our undergraduate Programming Languages (CS 326), Operating Systems (CS 370), Discrete Mathematics II (MATH 351), and Statistical Methods I (STAT 411) with an average grade of B or better.

The Computer Science Admission Committee may elect to admit an outstanding applicant who has not satisfied all of the background requirements on a conditional basis.

The student must complete these requirements before full admission to the program is granted.

Students who have not completed all the following courses (or equivalent courses) as part of their bachelor’s degree may be required to complete them as a condition of their admission. If taken as part of their master’s degree program, these courses may count toward the 30 credits required.

  • CS 656 Automata and Formal Languages  
  • CS 677 Analysis of Algorithms   
  • CS 660 Compiler Construction  


Additional information about the Integrated BS-MS degree program: 

Up to nine credits of approved graduate-level course work can be taken as technical electives for the grade of B or better during the senior year and those credits will be waived for the graduate degree.

The GRE requirement is waived for students participating in the Integrated BS-MS subplan.

The following conditions must be met to enroll in the Integrated BS-MS program:

A minimum of two semesters of full-time enrollment in B.S. of Computer Science program is required.

Applications are normally submitted with two semesters remaining in the senior year.

A minimum of 90 credits of course work applicable to the B.S. of Computer Science degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher must be completed before beginning the joint degree program.

Students have to choose the thesis option in the MS degree. Students interested in this program and who also meet the credentials listed above should request a letter of nomination from a Computer Science faculty member. Submit this letter along with a short resume (no more than two pages) directly to the Department of Computer Science (computerscience.gradcoord@unlv.edu) as well as an application through the Grad Rebel Gateway.


All domestic and international applicants must review and follow the Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements.

Students are accepted into a degree program as described in the Graduate Catalog. The faculty and corresponding sub-disciplines and sub-plans within the described programs are subject to change at any time.
 

Subplan 1 Requirements: Thesis


Total Credits Required: 30

Course Requirements


Computer Science Courses – Credits: 24


Complete 24 credits of 600- or 700- level Computer Science (CS) courses. Students may complete up to 3 credits outside of CS. Outside credits must be related to the student’s research area and be approved by the department graduate committee.

Thesis – Credits: 6


Degree Requirements


The student must pass at least 30 credits of 600- and 700-level courses with grades of C or better.

Students must complete 12 credits of 700-level CS courses (excluding thesis).

Courses in which the student earns a grade lower than C cannot be included in their program, and the student’s total grade point average (GPA) must be 3.00 or higher while in the program. A student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation. That student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 by the end of two subsequent semesters; otherwise the student will be separated from the graduate program. A student on probation will not be allowed to register for CS 690, CS 790, CS 791, CS 792, CS 799, or equivalent courses in another department.

In consultation with their advisor, a student will organize a thesis committee of at least three departmental members. In addition, a fourth member from outside the department, known as the Graduate College Representative, must be appointed. An additional committee member may be added at the student and department’s discretion. Please see Graduate College policy for committee appointment guidelines.

The student must submit a thesis approved by their advisor and thesis committee and conforming to the specifications of the Graduate College and pass a final oral examination covering the thesis and relevant course work.

Graduation Requirements


The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College as well as apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing their degree requirements.

The student must submit and successfully defend their thesis by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.

After the thesis defense, the student must electronically submit a properly formatted pdf copy of their thesis to the Graduate College for format check. Once the thesis format has been approved by the Graduate College, the student will submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest. Deadlines for thesis defenses, format check submissions, and the final ProQuest submission can be found here. 

Subplan 2 Requirements: Project


Total Credits Required: 30

Course Requirements


Computer Science Courses – Credits: 27


Complete 27 credits of 600- or 700- level Computer Science (CS) courses. Students may complete up to 3 credits outside of CS. Outside credits must be related to the student’s research area and be approved by the department graduate committee.

Project – Credits: 3


Degree Requirements


The student must pass at least 30 credits of 600- and 700-level courses with grades of C or better.

Students must complete 15 credits of 700-level CS courses (excluding the project).

Courses in which the student earns a grade lower than C cannot be included in their program, and the student’s total grade point average (GPA) must be 3.00 or higher while in the program. A student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation. That student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 by the end of two subsequent semesters; otherwise the student will be separated from the graduate program. A student on probation will not be allowed to register for CS 690, CS 790, CS 791, CS 792, CS 799, or equivalent courses in another department.

In consultation with their advisor, a student will organize a project committee of at least three departmental members. In addition, a fourth member from outside the department, known as the Graduate College Representative, must be appointed. An additional committee member may be added at the student and department’s discretion. Please see Graduate College policy for committee appointment guidelines.

The student must complete a computer science project and a report approved by their advisor and their project committee and pass a final oral examination over the project and relevant course work.

Graduation Requirements


The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College as well as apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing their degree requirements.

The student must successfully complete a master’s project. The student must submit and successfully defend their project by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.

Subplan 3 Requirements: Integrated BS-MS


Total Credits Required: 30

Course Requirements


Required Courses - Credits: 9


Complete the following nine credits or other courses approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

Computer Science Courses – Credits: 15-21


Complete 15-21 credits of 600- or 700- level Computer Science (CS) courses. Students may complete up to 3 credits outside of CS. Outside credits must be related to the student’s research area and be approved by the department graduate committee.

Thesis – Credits: 6


Degree Requirements


The student must pass at least 30 credits of 600- and 700-level courses with grades of C or better.

Students must complete 12 credits of 700-level CS courses (excluding thesis).

Courses in which the student earns a grade lower than C cannot be included in their program, and the student’s total grade point average (GPA) must be 3.00 or higher while in the program. A student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation. That student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 by the end of two subsequent semesters; otherwise the student will be separated from the graduate program. A student on probation will not be allowed to register for CS 690, CS 790, CS 791, CS 792, CS 799, or equivalent courses in another department.

In consultation with their advisor, a student will organize a thesis committee of at least three departmental members. In addition, a fourth member from outside the department, known as the Graduate College Representative, must be appointed. An additional committee member may be added at the student and department’s discretion. Please see Graduate College policy for committee appointment guidelines.

The student must submit a thesis approved by their advisor and thesis committee and conforming to the specifications of the Graduate College and pass a final oral examination covering the thesis and relevant course work. Students may be released from up to 9 credits of classes towards completion of the M.S. degree as long as the average G.P.A for these classes taken as part of the undergraduate program is a 3.0 or above.

Graduation Requirements


The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College as well as apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing their degree requirements.

The student must submit and successfully defend their thesis by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.

After the thesis defense, the student must electronically submit a properly formatted pdf copy of their thesis to the Graduate College for format check. Once the thesis format has been approved by the Graduate College, the student will submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest. Deadlines for thesis defenses, format check submissions, and the final ProQuest submission can be found here.

Subplan 4 Requirements: Exam - Foundations and Theory


Total Credits Required: 30

Course Requirements


Computer Science Courses - Credits:21


Complete 21 credits of 600- or 700- level Computer Science (CS) courses. Students may complete up to 6 credits outside of CS. Outside credits must be related to computer applications and approved by CS graduate committee.

Degree Requirements


  1. The student must pass at least 30 credits of 600- and 700-level courses with grades of C or better.
  2. Students must complete 18 credits of 700-level CS courses.
  3. (Comprehensive Oral Exam on a Specialized Area) Students must choose one of the specialized areas covered by CS 600/700-level courses and approved by graduate affairs committee. They take 3 courses in the chosen specialized area. Students will form a committee (one chair, 2 other members from the department, and one from outside). The chair will assign a few papers/reading materials to the students, and the committee will give an oral exam to the students on the selected specialized area. Students will have only two attempts to pass the comprehensive oral exam.
  4. Courses in which the student earns a grade lower than C cannot be included in their program, and the student’s total grade point average (GPA) must be 3.00 or higher while in the program. A student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation. That student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 by the end of two subsequent semesters; otherwise the student will be separated from the graduate program. A student on probation will not be allowed to register for CS 690 or equivalent courses in another department.
  5. Exam subplan must be declared and approved before completing 19 credits of CS coursework.

Graduation Requirements


  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College as well as apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing their degree requirements.
  2. The student must pass a final comprehensive oral examination.

Subplan 5 Requirements: Exam - Cyber Security


Total credits required: 30

Course Requirements


Computer Science Courses - Credits:21


Complete 21 credits of 600- or 700- level Computer Science (CS) courses. Students may complete up to 6 credits outside of CS. Outside credits must be related to computer applications and approved by CS graduate committee.

Degree Requirements


  1. The student must pass at least 30 credits of 600- and 700-level courses with grades of C or better.
  2. Students must complete 18 credits of 700-level CS courses.
  3. (Comprehensive Oral Exam on a Specialized Area) Students must choose one of the specialized areas covered by CS 600/700-level courses and approved by graduate affairs committee. They take 3 courses in the chosen specialized area. Students will form a committee (one chair, 2 other members from the department, and one from outside). The chair will assign a few papers/reading materials to the students, and the committee will give an oral exam to the students on the selected specialized area. Students will have only two attempts to pass the comprehensive oral exam.
  4. Courses in which the student earns a grade lower than C cannot be included in their program, and the student’s total grade point average (GPA) must be 3.00 or higher while in the program. A student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation. That student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 by the end of two subsequent semesters; otherwise the student will be separated from the graduate program. A student on probation will not be allowed to register for CS 690 or equivalent courses in another department.
  5. Exam subplan must be declared and approved before completing 19 credits of CS coursework.

Graduation Requirements


  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College as well as apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing their degree requirements.
  2. The student must pass a final comprehensive oral examination.

Subplan 6 Requirements: Exam - AI and Machine Learning


Total credits required: 30

Course Requirements


Computer Science Courses - Credits:21


Complete 21 credits of 600- or 700- level Computer Science (CS) courses. Students may complete up to 6 credits outside of CS. Outside credits must be related to computer applications and approved by CS graduate committee.

Degree Requirements


  1. The student must pass at least 30 credits of 600- and 700-level courses with grades of C or better.
  2. Students must complete 18 credits of 700-level CS courses.
  3. (Comprehensive Oral Exam on a Specialized Area) Students must choose one of the specialized areas covered by CS 600/700-level courses and approved by graduate affairs committee. They take 3 courses in the chosen specialized area. Students will form a committee (one chair, 2 other members from the department, and one from outside). The chair will assign a few papers/reading materials to the students, and the committee will give an oral exam to the students on the selected specialized area. Students will have only two attempts to pass the comprehensive oral exam.
  4. Courses in which the student earns a grade lower than C cannot be included in their program, and the student’s total grade point average (GPA) must be 3.00 or higher while in the program. A student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation. That student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 by the end of two subsequent semesters; otherwise the student will be separated from the graduate program. A student on probation will not be allowed to register for CS 690 or equivalent courses in another department.
  5. Exam subplan must be declared and approved before completing 19 credits of CS coursework.

Graduation Requirements


  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College as well as apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing their degree requirements.
  2. The student must pass a final comprehensive oral examination.

Subplan 7 Requirements: Exam - Software Engineering


Total credits required: 30

Course Requirements


Computer Science Courses - Credits:21


Complete 21 credits of 600- or 700- level Computer Science (CS) courses. Students may complete up to 6 credits outside of CS. Outside credits must be related to computer applications and approved by CS graduate committee.

Degree Requirements


  1. The student must pass at least 30 credits of 600- and 700-level courses with grades of C or better.
  2. Students must complete 18 credits of 700-level CS courses.
  3. (Comprehensive Oral Exam on a Specialized Area) Students must choose one of the specialized areas covered by CS 600/700-level courses and approved by graduate affairs committee. They take 3 courses in the chosen specialized area. Students will form a committee (one chair, 2 other members from the department, and one from outside). The chair will assign a few papers/reading materials to the students, and the committee will give an oral exam to the students on the selected specialized area. Students will have only two attempts to pass the comprehensive oral exam.
  4. Courses in which the student earns a grade lower than C cannot be included in their program, and the student’s total grade point average (GPA) must be 3.00 or higher while in the program. A student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation. That student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 by the end of two subsequent semesters; otherwise the student will be separated from the graduate program. A student on probation will not be allowed to register for CS 690 or equivalent courses in another department.
  5. Exam subplan must be declared and approved before completing 19 credits of CS coursework.

Graduation Requirements


  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College as well as apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing their degree requirements.
  2. The student must pass a final comprehensive oral examination.

Subplan 8 Requirements: Exam - Data Science and Big Data


Total credits required: 30

Course Requirements


Computer Science Courses - Credits:21


Complete 21 credits of 600- or 700- level Computer Science (CS) courses. Students may complete up to 6 credits outside of CS. Outside credits must be related to computer applications and approved by CS graduate committee.

Degree Requirements


  1. The student must pass at least 30 credits of 600- and 700-level courses with grades of C or better.
  2. Students must complete 18 credits of 700-level CS courses.
  3. (Comprehensive Oral Exam on a Specialized Area) Students must choose one of the specialized areas covered by CS 600/700-level courses and approved by graduate affairs committee. They take 3 courses in the chosen specialized area. Students will form a committee (one chair, 2 other members from the department, and one from outside). The chair will assign a few papers/reading materials to the students, and the committee will give an oral exam to the students on the selected specialized area. Students will have only two attempts to pass the comprehensive oral exam.
  4. Courses in which the student earns a grade lower than C cannot be included in their program, and the student’s total grade point average (GPA) must be 3.00 or higher while in the program. A student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation. That student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 by the end of two subsequent semesters; otherwise the student will be separated from the graduate program. A student on probation will not be allowed to register for CS 690 or equivalent courses in another department.
  5. Exam subplan must be declared and approved before completing 19 credits of CS coursework.

Graduation Requirements


  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College as well as apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing their degree requirements.
  2. The student must pass a final comprehensive oral examination.

Subplan 9 Requirements: Exam - Database and Information Retrieval


Total credits required: 30

Course Requirements


Computer Science Courses - Credits:21


Complete 21 credits of 600- or 700- level Computer Science (CS) courses. Students may complete up to 6 credits outside of CS. Outside credits must be related to computer applications and approved by CS graduate committee.

Degree Requirements


  1. The student must pass at least 30 credits of 600- and 700-level courses with grades of C or better.
  2. Students must complete 18 credits of 700-level CS courses.
  3. (Comprehensive Oral Exam on a Specialized Area) Students must choose one of the specialized areas covered by CS 600/700-level courses and approved by graduate affairs committee. They take 3 courses in the chosen specialized area. Students will form a committee (one chair, 2 other members from the department, and one from outside). The chair will assign a few papers/reading materials to the students, and the committee will give an oral exam to the students on the selected specialized area. Students will have only two attempts to pass the comprehensive oral exam.
  4. Courses in which the student earns a grade lower than C cannot be included in their program, and the student’s total grade point average (GPA) must be 3.00 or higher while in the program. A student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation. That student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 by the end of two subsequent semesters; otherwise the student will be separated from the graduate program. A student on probation will not be allowed to register for CS 690 or equivalent courses in another department.
  5. Exam subplan must be declared and approved before completing 19 credits of CS coursework.

Graduation Requirements


  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College as well as apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing their degree requirements.
  2. The student must pass a final comprehensive oral examination.

Subplan 10 Requirements: Exam - Graphics and Augmented Reality


Total credits required: 30

Course Requirements


Computer Science Courses - Credits:21


Complete 21 credits of 600- or 700- level Computer Science (CS) courses. Students may complete up to 6 credits outside of CS. Outside credits must be related to computer applications and approved by CS graduate committee.

Degree Requirements


  1. The student must pass at least 30 credits of 600- and 700-level courses with grades of C or better.
  2. Students must complete 18 credits of 700-level CS courses.
  3. (Comprehensive Oral Exam on a Specialized Area) Students must choose one of the specialized areas covered by CS 600/700-level courses and approved by graduate affairs committee. They take 3 courses in the chosen specialized area. Students will form a committee (one chair, 2 other members from the department, and one from outside). The chair will assign a few papers/reading materials to the students, and the committee will give an oral exam to the students on the selected specialized area. Students will have only two attempts to pass the comprehensive oral exam.
  4. Courses in which the student earns a grade lower than C cannot be included in their program, and the student’s total grade point average (GPA) must be 3.00 or higher while in the program. A student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation. That student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 by the end of two subsequent semesters; otherwise the student will be separated from the graduate program. A student on probation will not be allowed to register for CS 690 or equivalent courses in another department.
  5. Exam subplan must be declared and approved before completing 19 credits of CS coursework.

Graduation Requirements


  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College as well as apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing their degree requirements.
  2. The student must pass a final comprehensive oral examination.

Subplan 11 Requirements: Exam - Programming Language and Systems


Total credits required: 30

Course Requirements


Required Courses - Credits: 9


Complete a total of 9 credits from the following courses.

Computer Science Courses - Credits:21


Complete 21 credits of 600- or 700- level Computer Science (CS) courses. Students may complete up to 6 credits outside of CS. Outside credits must be related to computer applications and approved by CS graduate committee.

Degree Requirements


  1. The student must pass at least 30 credits of 600- and 700-level courses with grades of C or better.
  2. Students must complete 18 credits of 700-level CS courses.
  3. (Comprehensive Oral Exam on a Specialized Area) Students must choose one of the specialized areas covered by CS 600/700-level courses and approved by graduate affairs committee. They take 3 courses in the chosen specialized area. Students will form a committee (one chair, 2 other members from the department, and one from outside). The chair will assign a few papers/reading materials to the students, and the committee will give an oral exam to the students on the selected specialized area. Students will have only two attempts to pass the comprehensive oral exam.
  4. Courses in which the student earns a grade lower than C cannot be included in their program, and the student’s total grade point average (GPA) must be 3.00 or higher while in the program. A student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation. That student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 by the end of two subsequent semesters; otherwise the student will be separated from the graduate program. A student on probation will not be allowed to register for CS 690 or equivalent courses in another department.
  5. Exam subplan must be declared and approved before completing 19 credits of CS coursework.

Graduation Requirements


  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College as well as apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing their degree requirements.
  2. The student must pass a final comprehensive oral examination.