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Department of Computing

College of Business and Technology

Admission Criteria

The ETSU Department of Computing offers two concentrations in our Master of Science degree program: Applied Computer Science and Information Technology. Our degree programs are designed to offer something to both the recent graduate and the working professional. To allow for maximum flexibility in scheduling, all courses are offered in the evening. Students may complete their degree full time in four terms, or over the course of several years on a part-time basis.

The MS degree time cycle


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: (a) 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. (b) Three letters of recommendation should be submitted that evaluate the applicant’s academic ability, professional maturity, and communication skills.

  • Domestic Applicants:  Evidence of competence to begin graduate study. Such evidence should include either 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) or a professional record that demonstrates readiness for graduate study in computing.

  • International Applicants: Demonstration of English proficiency as specified by the School of Graduate Studies Admission Policies is required as well as a GRE verbal score of at least 146, a GRE quantitative score of at least  146, and a total of at least 292 for verbal plus quantitative.

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

Foundation Courses Checklist

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

Applied Computer Science Foundation Courses Checklist

Students must complete all foundation courses to be admitted without provisions. For students admitted with foundation course provisions, all foundation courses must be completed within one year of the beginning of your first semester of study, with marks of B- or better (Note: see undergraduate catalog for course prerequisites):

  • 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
Information Technology Foundation Courses Checklist

Students must complete all foundation courses to be admitted without provisions. For students admitted with foundation course provisions, all foundation courses must be completed within one year of the beginning of your first semester of study, with marks of B- or better (Note: see undergraduate catalog for course prerequisites):

  • CSCI 1210 Essentials of Web Development
  • CSCI 1250 Introduction to Computer Science I
  • CSCI 1260 Introduction to Computer Science II
  • CSCI 2020 Fundamentals of Database
  • CSCI 2150 Computer Organization
  • CSCI 2910 Server-Side Web Programming
  • CSCI 3400 Network Fundamentals
  • CSCI 4250 Software Engineering I OR a junior/senior level programming or systems course
  • Two from this list:
    • MATH 1110 Calculus I
    • CSCI 1900 Math for Computer Science (i.e., discrete math)
    • MATH 1530 Probability & Statistics OR MATH 2050 Probability & Statistics - Calculus-Based
    • MATH 2870 Probability & Statistics 2

 

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