UT Tyler Department of Computer Science
Master of Science in Computer Science-Degree Requirements
Candidates for the master of science in computer science must satisfactorily complete one of the following options:
Option 1—Thesis (30 SCH): This option requires 30 hours of graduate level course work in computer science including 15 semester hours of core courses and six hours of thesis COSC 5395/5396.
Option 2—Project (30 SCH): This option requires 30 hours of graduate-level course work in computer science including 15 semester hours of core courses, COSC 5380, Research Project, and the completion of the Comprehensive Exam.
Option 3—Professional (36 SCH): This option requires 36 hours of graduate-level course work in computer science including 15 semester hours of core courses and the completion of the Comprehensive Exam. At least 30 hours must be in Computer Science. Up to six hours of approved non-Computer Science are permitted.
The 15-semester-hour core requirement for the master of science in computer science is as follows:
COSC 5330 Operating Systems
COSC 5340 Programming Languages
COSC 5350 Data Communication and Networks
COSC 5360 Database Design
COSC 5393 Graduate Seminar
All candidates for the computer science degree must also meet the following requirements:
- A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on all graduate level work taken at UT Tyler. No course with a grade below "C" may be applied toward this degree.
- Students must complete each core course (COSC 5330, 5340, 5350, 5360 and 5393) with a grade of “B” or better.
- (Options 2 and 3 only) Satisfactory performance on a comprehensive written examination. After two failed attempts of the comprehensive examinations, the department chair may recommend that the class/classes for the failed subject(s) must be retaken before another attempt of the exam is given.
- Students must have completed all of the core courses (COSC 5330, 5340, 5350, 5360 and 5393) with a grade of “B” or better in order to register for COSC 5380 or COSC 5395/5396.
- All COSC 5380 and COSC 5395/5396 students will have a committee composed of their advisor plus two additional computer science faculty members.