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The Master of Computer Science (MCS) should be thought of as a professional, terminal degree. This degree does not include a thesis, project or final examination.

Advisory Committee

MCS students will have a default advisory committee consisting solely of the graduate advisor as chair.

Degree Plan

Requirements for the MCS degree include:

  • At least 18 credit hours of graded CSCE graduate coursework (excluding CSCE 681, 684, 685, 691). 
  • Three breadth CSCE courses, one selected from each of these sets: Theory (627, 629), Systems (605, 611, 613, 614, and 678) and Software (604, 606, and 655). These must be passed with a grade of B or better. These count toward the requirement of 18 hours of graded CSCE graduate coursework.
  • At most one three-credit 400–level CSCE undergraduate course approved by the graduate advisor. This course does NOT count towards the 18 hours of CSCE graded graduate coursework.
  • Up to six credit hours of non-CSCE graded graduate coursework (excluding 681, 684, 685, 691).
  • One credit hour of CSCE 681 (Graduate Seminar).
  • Up to three credit hours of CSCE 685 (Directed Studies).
  • A total of at least 30 credit hours satisfying the above requirements.

For additional information and clarification, please see the graduate catalog and the department’s graduate program webpages.

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