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Applied Computer Science

Applied Computer Science

Applied Computer Science (ACS) words about how this program is specialized and unique

For students who start in fall, the normal time to complete the MS degree is four semesters. Most full-time students who start in Fall 2019, for example, will complete their program of study by Spring 2021. Students who enter the program without a full complement of undergraduate prerequisites sometimes require five or more semesters to complete, as do students who enter in Spring (due to the timing of the capstone sequence), and thesis-track students who fail to pursue their thesis work with the vigor that theses require.

Requirements for admission:

Each applicant is evaluated on the basis of the following factors:

  • All Applicants:
    1. Coursework in computing.
      • The equivalent of a major in a computing field is expected.
      • Students lacking this background may be required to complete (with a B- or higher in each course) a sequence of undergraduate foundation courses in computer science and mathematics [listed below].
      • Related professional experience, such as programming, systems analysis, and/or systems design may be substituted for some foundation courses.
    2. Three letters of recommendation should be submitted that evaluate the applicant’s academic ability, professional maturity, and communication skills.
  • Domestic Applicants: 
    1. Evidence of competence to begin graduate study.
      • Such evidence should include at least one of the following:
        • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
        • Satisfactory GRE scores (a total of at least 146 Verbal, 146 Quantitative, 292 (Verbal + Quantitative)
        • Professional record that demonstrates readiness for graduate study in computing.
  • International Applicants:
    1. Demonstration of English proficiency as specified by the School of Graduate Studies Admission Policies
    2. GRE Scores
      • Verbal score of at least 146
      • Quantitative score of at least 146
      • Total of at least 292 for verbal plus quantitative


Please refer to the School of Graduate Studies admissions and admission forms for more information.

Foundational Courses Checklist:
  • CSCI 1250 Introduction to Computer Science I
  • CSCI 1260 Introduction to Computer Science II
  • CSCI 2020 Fundamentals of Database
  • CSCI 2150 Computer Organization
  • CSCI 2160 Assembly Language
  • CSCI 2210 Data Structures
  • CSCI 3230 Algorithms
    • OR an advanced systems course (compiler construction, programming languages, performance analysis, real time programming)
  • CSCI 4250 Software Engineering I
  • CSCI 4717 Computer Architecture
    • OR CSCI 3400 Network Fundamentals
  • CSCI 4727 Operating Systems
  • Three from this list:
    • MATH 1110/1060 Calculus I
    • MATH 1120/1070 Calculus II
    • MATH 1530 Probability & Statistics
      • OR MATH 2050 Probability & Statistics - Calculus-Based
    • CSCI 1900 Math for Computer Science (i.e., discrete math)
    • MATH 4340 Graph theory

Note: Students who do not meet these requirements may be eligible for provisional admission.

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