M.S. Computer Science
The Masters in Computer Science program offers students a high level of choice in their course of study. Students may focus on one area of computer science, or take courses across the breadth of the field.
The degree may be completed full-time or part-time. We offer a half-time program of study specifically designed for scientists or engineers who seek an MS degree with a focus on data analytics. (Full-time students are also welcome to follow the analytics concentration over a shorter period of time.)
Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits. This must include at least five regular 400-level courses, which are 4 credits each. The remaining credits can come from courses at the 200 level or higher. A student may discover he or she needs to take one or more elementary 100-level courses in order to be prepared to take the 200 or higher level courses. In such cases, the 100-level courses do not count toward the 30 credit requirement. Such 100-level courses are referred to as "bridging courses", and may be appropriate when a student has an undergraduate degree in a subject distant from computer science. Tuition must be paid for necessary bridging courses as well as the courses that count toward the MS degree. The 30 hours of courses may include up to 6 hours of research credit supervised by a faculty member, subject to approval by the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. MS students must pass a comprehensive examination (or essay), typically in the last semester before graduation.
Courses offered by departments other than Computer Science but that are relevant to the degree may be included in the 30 hours, subject to approval of our Graduate Coordinator. In any case, at least 18 hours of the 30 must be courses offered by the Department of Computer Science.
Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 by the end of their second semester and throughout the rest of their time in the program, and must obtain a least a 2.0 in each course that counts toward the 30 credit hours.
For students with an undergraduate degree in computer science or a closely related field, the requirements can usually be completed over the course of three semesters. We welcome applications from students who did not major in computer science but whose undergraduate work demonstrates a strong aptitude for the subject.
This program is for students who intend to complete their studies at the University of Rochester with an MS degree. It is not a prerequisite for application to our PhD program. Students completing the MS program should not expect to receive any special consideration for the PhD program.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students should apply by February 15 to ensure that they receive a decision by April 15 for Fall admission. Applications will be accepted after this date but will be considered on a space-available basis. Partial tuition discounts may be available for qualified students, but we do not offer full scholarships or teaching assistantships to MS students.
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