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  Sep 20, 2017
 
 
    
2016 - 2018 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog

Computer Science, MS


Administrative Unit

The program is administered by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research through the Faculty of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, College of Arts and Sciences.

Objectives

The overall mission of the Masters of Science in Computer Science program is to prepare computer systems professionals to undertake leadership roles in business, industrial, and technology-based organizations. In addressing that mission, the following specific goals have been identified for the program:

  • To instill in our graduates high principles of security, quality, and professional ethics
  • To prepare for a career in exciting and emerging high-tech areas such as web development, software engineering, network security, distributed systems, mobile application development, database management, and other latest technologies.
  • To grow as a mature professional and be able to take leadership roles with advanced knowledge of computer science and applications in related areas.
  • To prepare those who choose to do so to continue graduate work leading to the doctorate in computing.

Admission Requirements

General – Students who wish to enter the program must meet the general University requirements for admission to a graduate program.

Departmental – To be considered as having adequate preparation for the computer science master’s program, students must present evidence of having completed courses equivalent to the following UT Permian Basin undergraduate computer science and mathematics courses.

Regular Admission Status

To receive regular admission status to the Computer Science Graduate program a student must meet the following criteria. Regular admission is granted to students who have adequate preparation in the discipline.

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours
  • GRE: Verbal Reasoning: Minimum 145 or better Quantitative Reasoning: Minimum 148 or better Analytical Writing: Minimum 3 or better

Conditional Admission Status

To receive conditional admission status to the Computer Science Graduate program a student must meet the following criteria. Conditionally admitted students will be assigned specific requirements in terms of courses and performance, to include at least twelve hours of 6000-level courses, with a grade of B or better in all courses taken.

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA below 3.0 – 2.75 in the last 60 credit hours – or – Minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA in all Computer Science and Mathematics classes.
  • GRE: Verbal Reasoning: Minimum 145 or better

Quantitative Reasoning: Minimum 148 or better
Analytical Writing: Minimum 3 or better

  • OTHER EVIDENCE:
    • 3.0 or better GPA in all computer science and math courses

Students not adequately prepared may be admitted conditionally with the requirement that any course in this list not already completed be completed with a grade of B or better. Students admitted conditionally to computer science must complete assigned requirements before beginning the actual degree program.

  • COSC 1430, 2430 – CS 1 and 2, with programming experience in Java
  • COSC 3310 Digital Computer Organization
  • COSC 3312 Discrete Mathematics
  • COSC 3315 Information Systems
  • COSC 3420 Data Structures
  • MATH 2413, 2414 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1, 2

Additional Background – Several of the graduate courses have undergraduate prerequisites beyond these program prerequisites. Students are not required to complete these courses prior to admission to the graduate program and many will have completed them in their undergraduate program. In each case, the prerequisite course must be completed before undertaking the course for which it is a prerequisite. Up to two such courses, if not already taken as part of the undergraduate program, may be counted in the graduate degree program.

Here is the list of such courses:

More information regarding admissions can be found at: http://www.utpb.edu/utpb_student/grad_catalog/main_admissions.htm

Degree Requirements


Program Overview


Every student completes a 36 credit hour program as follows:

  • the five core courses COSC 6310 , COSC 6315 , COSC 6360 , COSC 6370 , COSC 6375  (15 hours)
  • at least two more graduate computer science courses (6 hours)
  • three more elective courses, which may include courses from outside computer science approved by the student’s committee, or may be additional computer science courses (9 hours)
  • either a project or a thesis, either is the equivalent of two courses (6 hours)
  • make an oral presentation of the results of the thesis or project effort