Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science
Overview of Degree
The Master of Science degree in Computer
Science at The
University of Georgia is a comprehensive program of study intended
to give qualified and motivated students a thorough foundation in
the theory, methodology, and techniques of CS. Students who successfully
complete this program of study will have a grasp of the principles
and foundations of CS. They will be prepared to pursue higher academic
goals, including the PhD degree. They will obtain skills and experience
in up-to-date approaches to analysis, design, implementation, validation,
and documentation of computer software and hardware. With these skills
they will be well-qualified for technical, professional, or managerial
positions in government, business, industry, and education. Prospective
students are advised to consult The University of Georgia Graduate
Bulletin for institutional information and requirements.
In addition to the general policies set forth in the Graduate
Bulletin, the following departmental policies:
- A baccalaureate degree is required, preferably with
a major in CS or an allied discipline. Students with insufficient
background in CS must take undergraduate CS courses to remedy the
deficiencies (in addition to their graduate program). A sufficient
background in CS must include at least the following courses (or
Admission to the program is selective; students with a record
of academic excellence have a better chance of acceptance. Students
with exceptionally strong undergraduate records may apply for
admission prior to fulfilling all of the requirements.
- Graduate Record
Examination (GRE) test scores are required for
admission consideration. The Subject Test in Computer
Science must be taken before completing the M.S.
degree. Though not required for admission, the Subject
Test in CSe could strengthen an application for admission.
- Three letters of
required, preferably written
by university professors
familiar with the student's
academic work and potential.
If the student has work
experience, one letter
may be from their supervisor.
Letters should be sent
directly from the letter
writer or signed on the
back of the envelope.
Graduate School Requirements
Additional requirements are specified by the Graduate
School (application fee, general application forms, all transcripts,
etc.). Please see the University
of Georgia Bulletin for further information. Detailed admissions
information may be found at Graduate
School Admissions. Printed information may be obtained by contacting
Office of Graduate Admissions
Applications are processed on a year round basis. Students can be
admitted for either semester (Fall or Spring). Please visit the Graduate
School for application submission deadlines.
Room 534 Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-7402
Summary of Basic Degree Requirements
Program of Study
The program of study consists of at least 31
semester hours of resident graduate coursework. (Typically,
full-time students take 9 to 14 hours per semester.) This includes
- at least 15 hours of core courses
at the 6000-level,
- at least 12 hours of CSCI
- at least 1 hour of CSCI 8990
- at least 3 hours of CSCI
7300 Master's Thesis.
The core curriculum consists of 15 semester
hours. At least one course from each of
the following four groups must be taken:
Students must take
at least 12 hours of coursework at the 8000-level.
This includes all CSCI 8000-level courses except CSCI 8990. A repeatable
8000-level course may be listed at most once in the program of study.
Students must take
1 hour of CSCI
8990 Research Seminar, in which they must attend weekly meetings
of a research seminar and give presentations. Examples of such
seminars are the Theory Seminar (CATS) and the Systems Seminar
The student must pass the written master's exam, covering the
core areas. It is given twice each year. Students have at most two
attempts to pass the exam. This normally serves as the written portion
of the master's final examination.
The thesis is a report of the student's investigations under the
supervision of their major professor. The thesis must demonstrate
competent style and organization and communicate technical knowledge.
It must demonstrate mastery of a particular area of CS, and it often
includes original research. The candidate must register for CSCI
7300 Master's Thesis for at least 3 hours
of credit while working on the thesis.
Non-departmental requirements are set forth by the Graduate School
(see the Graduate
Bulletin). They concern residence, time limits, programs of
study, acceptance of transfer credits, admission to candidacy, minimum
GPAs, thesis, and final examination.
The thesis defense, an oral examination conducted by the student's
advisory committee, constitutes the second part of the master's