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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.

USA requirements for international students

Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

University requirements

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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