May 27, 2024  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 

Computer Science M.S.C.S.

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Admission Requirements

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, another set of official transcripts, and the results of the Graduate Record Examination current to within five years should be sent directly to the school. 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.

The deadline for all application materials is February 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring.

Degree Requirements

The student must pass at least 30 credits of 600- and 700-level courses with grades of C or better, subject to the conditions and Graduate College policy shown below.

1. Computer Science

At least 24 credits must be in computer science. Non-CS courses must be related to the student’s research area and be approved by the school graduate committee.

2. 700-level Requirements

18 credits of computer science courses must be at the 700-level.

3. Core Requirements

4. Thesis or Project Option

Notes for Thesis or Project Option

The student must select either the Thesis Option or the Project Option. If the Thesis Option is selected, the student must submit a thesis conforming to the specifications of the Graduate College and pass a final oral examination covering the thesis and relevant course work. For the Project Option, the student must complete a computer science project and report approved by his advisor and pass a final oral examination over the project and relevant course work.


Courses in which the student earns a grade lower than C cannot be included in his or her 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.

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