Master of Science
Main Campus - Melbourne, Orlando, Spaceport, Patuxent

Master of Science in Computer Science

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

Core Courses
   Elective Courses

Advanced Elective Courses
CSE 5500 Computer Science Seminar or CSE 5501 Computer Sciences Internship* 0
CSE 5999 Thesis or Advanced Elective Courses 6
MTH 5051 Applied Discrete Mathematics 3


*Pass twice in any combination

Core Courses (select three)
CSE 5210 Formal Languages and Automata Theory
CSE 5211 Analysis of Algorithms
CSE 5231 Computer Networks
CSE 5251 Compiler Theory and Design
CSE 5290 Artificial Intelligence

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.