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The Breadth requirement requires demonstrating proficiency in three areas: Systems, Theory and Software.
The Breadth requirement must be completed by the end of the third semester. If a student is planning to take one or more proficiency exams to satisfy the Breadth Requirement, it is highly suggested that they take those exams each semester starting with their first semester in the PhD program. Additional time may be granted at the time of admission if the student joined the program without a Masters degree. If the student fails to complete the Breadth Requirement within the specified time, the student must leave the Ph.D. program.
The student must receive an A in each course used to satisfy the Breadth Requirement. Courses taken at KSU as part of B.S. or M.S. or M.S.E. degree or approved courses from institutions with joint-PhD program with CIS Department at KSU can be used to satisfy the breadth requirement.
General requirements include: Completing the Breadth Requirement and passing the Research Proficiency Exam (Preliminary Examination); succesfully presenting a research plan to ones supervisory committee at a research proposal meeting; and completing the research plan, writing a dissertation, and successfully defending the dissertation in an open forum.
The primary admission requirement for the M.S.E. program is a baccalaureate degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related engineering or science area, with a grade point average of 3.0 or above (junior/senior years). Applicants with degrees in other areas must have mathematical maturity as demonstrated by courses in logic or discrete mathematics, plus courses in programming, data structures, and algorithms, and either a course or experience in software engineering.
In addition to the requirements for admission to the M.S.E. program, an M.S. applicants background must include mainstream computing science, namely object-oriented and nonprocedural programming languages, architecture, operating systems, database systems, and computing-related mathematics. An applicant must take the GRE receiving minimum scores of 400 Verbal, 650 Quantitative, and 600 Analytical. The advanced exam in computer science is recommended.
In addition to the requirements for admission to the M.S. program, an applicant for the Ph.D. program must have a masters degree in computing science or a bachelors degree plus strong, advanced computing knowledge. Solid preparation in theoretical computer science and advanced knowledge in one or more applications areas (compiling, operating systems, database systems, etc.) are also required.
English Language RequirementsTOEFL paper-based test score : 575
Most graduate students are able to finance their education with a variety of financial assistance tools specific to graduate school:
* Graduate Assistantships: Funded by individual departments and graduate programs, teaching, research and graduate assistantships are awarded based on a student's ability and promise.
* Graduate Fellowships
* Loans: Loans are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have successfully applied for financial assistance
* Traineeships: Traineeships are offered through the university or departments that have federally supported traineeships.
Kansas State University has been providing quality education to the residents of Kansas, the country and the world for the last 150 years.
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Kansas State University has 3 campus locations, two of which, Manhattan and Salina, have complete academic programs and on-campus housing. Olathe is the third and newest extension of the university, focusing on collaborating with industry and Kansas City K-12 schools.
Kansas State University has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools since 1916.