Master of Science in Computer Science (M.S.)

General

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Program Description

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Program Overview

The Masters degree is based on 10 courses (30 credit hours). A student may do a thesis, but this is optional. There are no comprehensive examinations. Three of the 10 courses are required (core courses). The other seven courses can be selected based on consultation with the student's advisor. Two of these courses can come from a different department.

Focus your study on such topics as computer security and information assurance, database and information retrieval systems, software engineering and systems, biomedical computing, digital media and computer graphics, networking and mobile computing, computer architecture, pervasive computing and embedded systems, machine intelligence, robotics, and algorithms and theory.

Master’s Degree Program Requirements

  • Three core courses: CSCI 6221, 6461, 6212
  • No area of concentration is necessary
  • Seven additional courses that can be taken for graduate credit
  • At least 8 of the 10 courses (24 of 30 credits) must be taken at the 6000 level or above
  • Normally students may take up to two non-CS courses (6-credits) toward their MS degree with prior written approval from their advisor
  • At least 3.0 GPA to meet graduation requirements
  • A student who receives 2 (or more) grades of F will be dismissed from the program
  • A student who receives three (or more) grades below B- will be dismissed from the program

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Courses for Graduate Credit

There is no requirement that students take courses in any particular subject area or across areas:

  • Algorithms and Theory
  • Computer Architecture, Networks, Parallel and Distributed Computing
  • Computer Security and Information Assurance
  • Database and Information Retrieval Systems
  • Machine Intelligence and Cognition
  • Multimedia, Animation, Graphics and User Interface
  • Software Engineering and Systems

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Admissions Requirements

  • Successful submission of the online application form, exam scores, and other documents as outlined in the admissions requirements.

All applicants - first-time or transfers - to a Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) program at the School of Engineering & Applied Science must meet the admissions requirements to be considered for any of the programs at SEAS.

Application Checklist

Applicants must provide the following materials to be considered for any graduate program at SEAS:

  1. Complete online application form
  2. Transcripts
  3. GRE exam scores
    • International applicants: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores
  4. Letters of Recommendation
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Resume/CV
  7. Application Fee
English Language Exam Requirements
  • All visa-seeking international applicants are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores to SEAS to be considered for admission.
  • Please provide only your most recent test scores. Scores may not be more than two years old.
Minimum Score Requirements

IELTS

  • 6.0 overall with no individual score below 5.0.
  • Applicants to the graduate programs in Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, or Data Analytics are required to have a minimum score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0.
  • Applicants who would like to be considered for funding opportunities must have an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0.

TOEFL

  • 80 on the Internet exam (iBT) or 550 on the paper exam
  • Applicants to the graduate programs in Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, or Data Analytics are required to have a minimum score of 100 on the Internet exam.
  • Applicants who would like to be considered for funding opportunities must have a 600 on the paper-based exam or 100 on the Internet-based exam.

PTE Academic

  • 53. Applicants who would like to be considered for funding opportunities must have a minimum score of 68.
Exceptions

Exceptions are granted to applicants who:

  • Hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction AND the official language of the country in which the university is located.
  • Hold a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from an institution located in a country that qualifies for the English language exam exemption.
Last updated Sep 2020

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