Graduate Curriculum & Requirements

2023-2024 Requirements

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The Master of Science degree in Computer Science provides a variety of educational and professional opportunities for its graduate students. The program is structured to prepare students for advancement in employment as a computer scientist as well as for further study at the doctoral level.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or a closely related field with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better to be considered for conditional admission.
  • A promising applicant with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 may be admitted as a special action student. Special action students must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 for four qualifying courses as approved in advance by the department.
  • Prerequisite courses may be required for non-CS students or for students from non-ABET accredited CS programs. 
  • Classified MS students are not required to take any prerequisite that is below 4000-level when the students take 4000-level courses to satisfy the degree requirement.

Degree Requirement

The MS CS degree requires the completion of  30 units. Up to 6 units of acceptable post-baccalaureate coursework completed prior to entrance into classified standing may be included in the master’s degree program

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