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The department offers two options for MS candidates: a course-only MS, or a thesis or project based MS The course-only option requires a combination of 30 credits of graduate level Computer Science courses, courses from outside Computer Science, and a portfolio composed of research papers, project reports, presentations and other professional documents produced during the course of the MS The thesis or project option requires the completion and successful oral defense of a thesis or research project under the supervision of a faculty advisor and committee. While still requiring 30 credits, fewer of the credits must be from graded classes.

The course-only option requires at least 18 credits of graduate Computer Science courses, at least 6 credits of non-CS coursework drawn from a single coherent field related to CS or to the student’s area of concentration, and at least six credits of approved course electives. At least 6 of these 30 credits must be earned by taking courses that have significant course-project components.

The MS thesis or project option requires at least 12 credits of graduate Computer Science coursework, at least 6 credits of non-CS coursework drawn from a single coherent field related to CS or to the student’s area of concentration, at least 6 credits of approved electives, and up to 6 credits of (ungraded) research.

For either option, a student can earn at most 6 credits toward the MS degree using undergraduate courses, but no courses numbered below 200 may be used for credit toward the degree. A student must earn B- or a higher grade in a course for it to be counted toward the MS degree.



Program requirements

Students seeking to do graduate work at Duke University for degree purposes must hold a U.S. bachelor’s degree or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.Required documents and information:TranscriptsLetters of recommendationStatement of purposeGRE scoresGPAWriting samples English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 577 TOEFL iBT® test: 90
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