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The computer science program provides you with an education beyond the fundamentals and explores advances in computational theory, programming languages, software systems, hardware integration and information technology.

The graduate programs in Computer Science are interdisciplinary programs offered jointly by the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science. You take courses in both departments on a wide-variety of topics, ranging from the theoretical to the applied. If you have an undergraduate background with an appropriate computer science context, then feel free to apply and expand your knowledge.


MS and PhD Curriculum

The MS of Computer Science is a 30 credit hour program. There is also a master's thesis that must be completed at the end of the program for successful advancement. The program can be completed in about two years.

Computer Science MS Curriculum

Computer Science PhD Curriculum

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MS Admission Requirements

MS Prerequisites

A BS or equivalent degree in computer science or other closely related subject. Admission to the computer science MS program depends upon Computer Science Graduate Committee approval.

A complete application file consists of the following items (click for more information):

  • application form
  • resume and statement of purpose
  • letters of recommendation — three letters required
  • official transcripts
  • test scores — GRE* and TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable)

*GRE may be waived for some applicants.

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired; this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.

PhD Admission Requirements

MS in Engineering or Science (Chemistry, Computer Science, Math or Physics; other degrees considered on a case-by-case basis).

1.  The following are minimum requirements:

  • Minimum of 60 credits beyond MS, 90 credits beyond the BS
  • Minimum of 39 credits of graduate course work (minimum of 24 credits in engineering).
  • GPA for graduation is B (3.0/4.0).
  • 6 credits of seminar (in engineering or science).
  • PhD Thesis Committee: Minimum of five faculty Members (PhD) with at least three from CSoE.

           2. A maximum of 30 credit hours transfer credit (grade of B or better).

           3. All work to be completed within seven years after the candidacy procedure is completed
           4. ​The research advisor must be a member of CSoE (can be a courtesy appointment).

Sequence of Examinations:

  1. Qualifying Examination: A written qualifying exam is required within one year of admission to the PhD program.  The qualifying exam will be administered by the Chair of the student’s PhD Committee or the researcher advisor’s departmental graduate committeeThe outcome of the exam is determined by a vote of the respective committees, with no more than one dissenting vote permitted for passage. Failure to pass the qualifying examination twice is grounds for dismissal from the program.
  2. Research Proposal Defense Examination: Administered by PhD Thesis Committee within one year of passing the qualifying exam.
  3. Examination on the Dissertation: Administered by PhD Thesis Committee at least one year after passing the proposal defense.

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