Master's in Computer Science

8071
Master of Science
Classroom
No
Graduate
Main Campus - Melbourne, Orlando, Spaceport, Patuxent
Major Code: 8071 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom  Age Restriction: N
Admission Status: Graduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne, Orlando, Patuxent, Spaceport
Admission Materials: transcript, GRE  

This program offers a student the opportunity to pursue advanced studies in various areas of computer science. The program is designed for students with bachelor's degrees in computer science and provides a solid preparation for those who may pursue a doctorate. Master's students are encouraged to concentrate their studies in research areas of interest to faculty in the department.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have taken courses in differential and integral calculus, discrete mathematics, statistics and data structures and algorithms, as well as at least 12 semester credit hours of advanced coursework in undergraduate computer science. Admission may be granted with the stipulation that deficiencies are made up by taking the necessary extra courses. GRE scores (General Test only) are required. Students with English language deficiencies are only permitted to enroll in a restricted set of academic courses.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Computer Science requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of approved graduate study. Students are encouraged to complete and successfully defend a thesis. Students who decide not to write a thesis must pass a final program examination.

Summary of Degree Requirements
  • MTH 5051 Applied Discrete Mathematics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Core Courses Credit Hours: 9
  • Elective Courses Credit Hours: 9
  • Advanced Elective Courses Credit Hours: 3
Select one course:*
  • CSE 5500 Computer Science Seminar
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 5501 Computer Sciences Internship
    Credit Hours: 0
Select one course:
  • CSE 5999 Thesis
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Advanced Elective courses Credit Hours: 6
Total Credits Required: 30

*Pass twice in any combination.

Core Courses

     Select three courses from the following:

  • CSE 5210 Formal Languages and Automata Theory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 5211 Analysis of Algorithms
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 5231 Computer Networks
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 5251 Compiler Theory and Design
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 5290 Artificial Intelligence
    Credit Hours: 0

Elective courses are computer science or software engineering courses (CSE or SWE) numbered 5000 or above. Advanced elective courses are computer science (CSE) numbered 5600 or above and pre-approved SWE courses. All students must successfully complete at least 24 semester credit hours in computer science (CSE) or software engineering (SWE) courses.


The department excels in several specializations of computer science (computer security, computational intelligence, software testing). Students are encouraged to concentrate in a specialization by careful selection of elective courses.