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  • Tuition Fee:
  • / 1 year
  • Foreign: $ 47.9k / 1 year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 1 December
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 1126pts.
  • Duration:
  • 2 years

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    About the Programm

    It seems fair to argue that computer technology has, more than anything else, shaped the modern world. Things that we now take for granted– the internet, mobile phones, medical technology – would not be possible without the major developments made in the field of computing, particularly over the past 20 years. A master’s in computer science can give you a specialized focus on an area of technology, helping you develop your skills and career prospects.Computer science deals information about computation, software, hardware and computer systems. The field consists of theoretical and practical approaches. Both of them contribute to research of the main important issues that computer science investigates: IT, which deals with computer and other systems, its development, artificial intelligence and mathematics, software engineering, systems and network engineering. Graduates can work in fields related to: manufacturing of computer and information systems, maintenance and sales of them as well as software and hardware developers, e-business and telecommunication networks experts.

    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. 

    Graduate Course Descriptions 

    •  Programming with C and Java. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Object-Oriented Programming, Development and Software Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3.
    • Database Systems and Applications. (3-0). Credit 3.
    • Programming Languages. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Compiler Design. (3-0). Credit 3.
    • Software Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Database Systems. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Hypertext/Hypermedia Systems. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Operating Systems and Applications. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Applied Networks and Distributed Processing. (3-0). Credit 3.
    • Operating Systems. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Computer Architecture. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Co-Design of Embedded Systems (CODES). (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Networks and Distributed Computing. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Computational Geometry. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Language, Library, and Program Design Using C++. (3-0). Credit 3.
    • Generic Programming. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Sketch Recognition. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Artificial Intelligence. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Parallel Algorithm Design and Analysis. (3-0). Credit 3.
    • Theory of Computability. (3-0). Credit 3.
    • Computational Biology. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Analysis of Algorithms. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Speech Processing. (3-0). Credit 3.
    • Intelligent Agents. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Machine Learning. (3-0). Credit 3.
    • Intelligent User Interfaces. (3-0). Credit 3.
    • AI Robotics. (3-1). Credit 3.
    • Neural Networks. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Complexity Theory. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Fuzzy Logic and Intelligent Systems. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Quantum Algorithms. (3-0). Credit 3.
    • Computer Graphics. (3-0). Credit 3.
    • Seminar in Intelligent Systems and Robotics. (3-0). Credit 3.
    • Cortical Networks. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Geometric Modeling. (3-0). Credit 3.
    • The Digital Image. (3-2). Credit 4.
    •  Computational Linear Algebra. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Integrated Systems Design Automation. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Distributed Processing Systems. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Real-Time Systems. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Wireless and Mobile Systems. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Advance Networking and Security. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Pattern Analysis. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Seminar in Human-Centered Computing and Information. (3-0). Credit 3.
    • Distributed Algorithms and Systems.(3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Information Storage and Retrieval. (3-0). Credit 3
    •  Computer-Human Interaction. (3-0). Credit 3.
    • Computer Supported Collaborative Work. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Digital Libraries. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Testing and Diagnosis of Digital Systems. (3-0). Credit 3.
    •  Seminar. (1-0). Credit 1.
    • Professional Internship. Credit 1 to 16.
    • Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 12.
    •  Special Topics in...Credit 1 to 4.
    • Research. Credit 1 or more.
    • Research for thesis or dissertation.


    Program requirements

    Required Documents

    • ESSAYS
    • $90 PROCESSING FEE
    • OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT
    • OFFICIAL SAT or ACT Scores (including optional essay)
    • PROOF OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

    Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency, which is satisfied by one of the following:

    • a minimum TOEFL score of: 550 for paper-based testing (p-BT) or 80 internet-based testing (i-BT)
    • a minimum SAT Critical Reading (Verbal) score of 500
    • a minimum ACT English score of 21
    • a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall band
    • a minimum PTE Academic score of 53
    • completing all four years in a high school within the U.S.

    Fellowships & Scholarships

    • AFCEA Educational Foundation Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships 
      Eligibility: Undergraduate, graduate students.
    • AT&T Labs Fellowship Program 
      Eligibility: Minority and women students who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents and who are pursuing Ph.D. studies in computer and communications-related fields.
    • BrainTrack Computer Science Scholarship
      Eligibility: currently taking classes in an appropriate computer science or IT degree program with at least one semester of studies completed.
    • Computer Science Online (Funding Your Science Degree)
      Eligibility: Undergraduates, Graduates (please see site)
    • DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowships
      Eligibility: U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens.
    • DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program
      Eligibility: Undergraduate senior students or first-year or second-year graduate students.
    • Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowship 
      Eligibility: PhD students (can apply as seniors), US citizens or permanent residents.
    • Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships
      Eligibility: Predoctoral level, dissertation level, postdoctoral level.
    • Gates Millennium Scholars 
      Eligibility: Undergraduates (apply as high school seniors); US citizens or permanent residents; underrepresented minority; GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale; demonstrated financial need.
    • Gilman International Scholarship
      Eligibility: undergraduate student applicant provides proof that he/she will be receiving a Federal Pell Grant and is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by his/her accredited institution.
    • Google Anita Borg Scholarships 
      Eligibility: Undergraduate, graduate students.
    • Hertz Foundation
      Eligibility: Graduate students.
    • Hispanic Scholarship Fund
      Eligibility: Undergraduates (high school seniors can apply), graduate students.
    • IBM PhD Fellowship Program
      Eligibility: PhD students; must be nominated by faculty member.
    • Information Assurance Scholarship 
      Eligibility: 18 years of age or older and US citizen.
    • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship
      Eligibility: Undergraduates, graduate students.
    • Microsoft Scholarships
      Eligibility: Undergraduates.
    • NAE Fellowships
      Eligibility: Graduate students.
    • NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute for Engineering Graduate Students
      Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
    • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
      Eligibility: Undergraduates, graduate students.
    • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
      Eligibility: Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree.
    • National Gem Consortium Fellowship
      Eligibility: Under-represented graduate students.
    • National Physical Science Consortium
      Eligibility: Graduate students.
    • National Science and Defense Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG) 
      Eligibility: Graduate students (can apply as seniors).
    • US citizenship required.
    • National Society of Professional Engineers
      Eligibility: Undergraduate (can apply as high school senior) and graduate students.
    • Sandia National Laboratories Truman Fellowship
      Eligibility: Undergraduate, graduate students.
    • Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC) Undergraduate Scholarships
      Eligibility: US Citizens, undergraduates.
    • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships
      Eligibility: Undergraduate, graduate students.

    Research Internships

    • CRA-W Distributed Mentor Program: Summer research internships for undergraduates
    • NASA Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP)
    • NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program: Research internship program (typically in the summer)
    • Google Engineering Summer Internship

    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, 613, 614) and Software (604, 606, 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 approved three-credit 400–level CSCE undergraduate course. See Section 4.4. This course does NOT count towards the 18 hours of CSCE graded graduate coursework.
    • Up to 6 credit hours of non-CSCE graded graduate coursework (excluding 681, 684, 685, 691).
    • 1 credit hour of CSCE 681 (Graduate Seminar).
    • Up to 3 credit hours of CSCE 685 (Directed Studies).
    • A total of at least 30 credit hours satisfying the above requirements.

    The major steps, and deadlines for completing them, required for the MCS degree is outlined in Section 4.3. Section 4.4 lists restrictions on the courses that can be used on the degree plan, as well as other common questions/issues. For additional information and clarification, please see the graduatuate catalog and the Department’s graduate program webpages.

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