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Computer Science - MS


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College of Science

Department of Computer Science

Whether Plan A or Plan B (see School of Graduate Studies  general requirements), all MS/CS students must meet the following general requirements:

  • Complete four Computer Science courses numbered 6000 and above. CS 6250 CS 6970 , and CS 6900  are not accepted for these four courses. CS 6950  can be counted as only one of these four courses, and in that case, must be taken for at least 3 credits in a single semester.
  • Complete 1 credit of CS 6900 .
  • No more than 3 total credits in CS 5950 , CS 6950 , and CS 7950  may be used to satisfy the MS degree requirements.
  • CS 6250  can be taken only with the advisor’s prior permission and a maximum of 3 credits will be allowed on the Program of Study.
  • A maximum of 15 credits of committee-approved coursework at the 5000 level may be used for the MS Plan B degree. For Plan A, it is limited to 12 credits at the 5000 level. No credits below 5000 will be allowed on the Program of Study.
  • CS 5250  and CS 5260  must be taken together in the same semester to be included on the Program of Study.
  • CS 6990  and CS 7990  cannot be included on the Program of Study.
  • A maximum of 6 credits are allowed from outside the Computer Science Department. Any outside credits must be from ECE, MATH, STAT, or one of two approved courses, PSC 6150  and SOC 6150 .
  • No independent study courses outside the department are allowed on the Program of Study.

Students completing a Plan A MS degree must fulfill the following additional requirements:


  • Complete at least 24 credits of graduate coursework and 6 credits of CS 6970: Thesis and Research . The overall GPA must be at least 3.0 for degree-program courses, and grades of C+ or lower will not be accepted.
  • Complete a graduate thesis proposal
  • Defend a graduate thesis based on original work

Students completing a Plan B MS degree must fulfill the following additional requirements:


  • Complete at least 34 credits total, 31 or 32 credits of graduate coursework and 2 or 3 credits of CS 6970 - Thesis and Research . The overall GPA must be at least 3.0 for degree-program courses, and grades of C+ or lower will not be accepted.
  • Complete a graduate report proposal.
  • Defend a graduate report.

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