Computer Science, M.S.

Program Director: Aijuan Dong, Ph.D.; dong@hood.edu; 301- 696-3884

The Master of Science in Computer Science is a 33-credit degree program for persons seeking to enhance their professional qualifications and stature through graduate study in computer science. Individuals who graduate from the program will acquire knowledge and develop problem-solving skills that prepare them to hold a variety of scientific and technical positions in the area of computing applications. Graduates will also be prepared for further work at the doctoral level.

Application Requirements:

All official transcripts and a résumé must be submitted.

For additional admission information, see Graduate Admission.

Program Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

The prerequisite courses represent background knowledge and skills necessary for successful completion of degree requirements. Some or all of the prerequisite courses may be waived by the program director, based upon an analysis of the student’s previous work. A student holding a baccalaureate degree in computer science will normally be granted exemption from, but not graduate credit for, all prerequisite courses.

MATH 505Discrete Math

3.0

CS 508Computer Organization and Design

3.0

CSIT 512Elements of Computer Programming

3.0

CS 519Advanced Data Structures

3.0

Degree Requirements

A student must complete 33 credits beyond prerequisite courses, including 15 credits of Core requirements. The Core courses represent the general body of knowledge and skills that all students in the program are expected to master.

Core Requirements

CS 520Algorithm Analysis

3.0

CS 524Principles of Software Engineering

3.0

CS 528/CS 428Artificial Intelligence

3.0

CS 564/CS 464Operating Systems

3.0

One of the following courses:

CS 561/CS 461Computer Architecture

3.0

CS 571/CS 471Programming Languages: Their Design and Compilation

3.0

Students must complete 18 credits of elective work, which may include a 6-credit thesis (CS 580), 6-credit field work project (CS 585) or a 6-credit software engineering project (CS 595).  All elective courses must be chosen from CS or CSIT prefixed coursework.