Masters of Science in Computer Science Catalog (2017)


Program Admission Deadlines:
             Fall:           February 15
             Spring:      October 15
             Summer:   No admit

International Students in the U.S.:
             Fall:           February 15
             Spring:      October 15
             Summer:   No admit

International Students Outside the U.S.:
             Fall:           January 15
             Spring:      September 15
             Summer:   No admit

Minimum Total Hours: 30 thesis; 30 non-thesis
Program Level: Masters
CIP Code: 11.0701
Dept. Code: ESB
Program (Major/College): ECC EN
Approved: 1960


College: Engineering
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Contact Information:


The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers a thesis and non-thesis option for the degree of Master of Science in Computer Science (M.S.C.S.) The thesis option requires students to pursue a more concentrated range of topics. The non-thesis option offers students some experience in many areas of computer science. There is considerable freedom in the choice of the courses.

The breadth of subjects which are part of computer science together with the immense diversity of its applications, make it imperative that students in the Master's program maintain close contact with the Graduate Program Director, or, if choosing the thesis option, with their major professor in order to achieve a coherent plan of study directed towards a specific goal. In particular, election of courses should only be made with prior consultation and approval of the Major Professor or the Graduate Program Director.

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

Major Research Areas:
An excellent selection of courses and laboratories support graduate studies in algorithms, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining, computer architecture, graphics, networks, computer vision, distributed systems, embedded systems, expert systems, formal verification, image processing, pattern recognition, robotics, databases, software engineering, computer security, compilers, programming languages, and VLSI design and CAD.


Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements


Total Minimum hours: 30 hours

Core Requirements: 9 hours

Successful completion of three core graduate-level courses is required:

Thesis option students must select at least 15 hours and non-thesis option students must select at least 21 hours from the list of available graduate elective courses below in consultation with the Graduate Program Director or individual advisor:

With prior permission from the Graduate Program Director, students can take a maximum of 3 hours of Independent Study or Internship, a maximum of 3 hours of one-hour seminar courses, and up to one graduate level course (3 credit hours) outside of the department.

Thesis Option:
The thesis option requires the completion of 24 credit hours of CSE graduate-level courses (9 credit hours of core courses and 15 hours of electives) and 6 credit hours of thesis in computer science related problems, as determined by the Major Professor and documented in the Plan of Work. At least 16 credit hours must be at the 6000 level.

Non-Thesis Option:
The non-thesis option requires 30 credit hours, with 9 credit hours of core courses and 21 hours of electives. At least 16 credit hours must be at the 6000 level. At least 6 hours of electives should be in the following topic areas: advanced algorithms, compilers, databases, parallel computing and distributed systems, computer security, data mining, machine learning, programming languages, or software engineering, as determined by the Graduate Program Director and documented in the Plan of Work.

Comprehensive Exam:
For students taking the thesis option, the requirement for a comprehensive exam is satisfied by the successful completion of the thesis. For non-thesis option students, the requirement for a comprehensive exam is satisfied by the succesful completion of comprehensive exam, an exam that students will take in the semester prior to the semester in which the student intends to graduate.

Graduation Requirements:
For the thesis option, students must defend and pass the thesis and have a GPA of 3.00 or better. Non-Thesis Option students must pass the Comprehensive Exam, obtain a letter "B" or better in the core graduate courses, and have a GPA of 3.00 or better.

See a full list of courses.