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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, MS


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Program Coordinator: Mark Hills (SZ C-110 Science and Technology Building; 252-328-9692; hillsma@ecu.edu)
 
The Computer Science, MS is designed to provide students with practical skills balanced with theoretical knowledge, and professional practices needed to excel in a rapidly changing computing industry. The program also prepares students to pursue further graduate work leading to a PhD degree.

Admission Requirements


Applicants should follow the admissions requirements and process as stated in the admission and readmission section of the graduate catalog and the graduate admissions website. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a score of 30th percentile on the GRE General test are required. Nonnative speakers must submit an acceptable score on one of the language tests approved by the Graduate School or have evidence of at least 1 year of college/university study in the United States.

Pathways for Entry into the Program


Two pathways are available for completing requirements for the Computer Science, MS program. The appropriate pathway depends on the undergraduate major.

Traditional Pathway


The traditional pathway is for students whose bachelor’s degrees are in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, information technology, management information systems, or a similar computing discipline. Thirty (30) semester hours are required to earn the degree.

Nontraditional Pathway


The nontraditional pathway is for students whose bachelor’s degrees are in engineering, mathematics, statistics, physics, chemistry, or similar analytic and quantitative disciplines. Students entering through this pathway are required to complete two specially designed courses during their first semester of study (SENG 5000  and SENG 5005 ). The goals of these two courses are to impart prerequisite knowledge and skills essential to succeed in the program. Thirty-eight (38) semester hours are required to earn the degree.

Plan of Study


Students are required to complete a Plan of Study Form in consultation with the graduate program coordinator before they begin their graduate study. This is usually done during the week before the first day of classes of the first semester.

Degree Requirements


The program requires a minimum of 30-38 s.h. as follows:

Traditional Pathway


Minimum degree requirement is 30 s.h. as follows:

Options - 24 s.h.


Choose one of the following three options:

Thesis (CSCI 7000 - 6 s.h.) and electives (18 s.h.)

A thesis is required for this option. Students summarize their research in the form of a formal written document and deliver an oral presentation. Thesis research is typically conducted over two semesters.

Six (6) s.h. count toward the degree requirements.Eighteen (18) s.h. of 6000-level computer science (CSCI) courses and 6000-level software engineering (SENG) elective courses are required for this option. The semester hours from SENG courses must not exceed six (6).

  • To select electives, go to the list of CSCI and SENG electives at the end of this page. 
Project (CSCI 6995 - 3 s.h.) and electives (21 s.h.)

A research project with a written report is required for this option. Students select topics for their projects in consultation with research advisors prior to the beginning of the last semester of study. The project involves collecting research literature on a topic of interest, critically examining it, and summarizing the research in the form of a formal technical report. This option may also involve developing software systems or proof of concept systems. Students must deliver an oral presentation of their findings. The research project is typically completed during the last semester of study.

Twenty-one (21) s.h. of 6000-level computer science (CSCI) courses and 6000-level software engineering (SENG) elective courses are required for this option. The semester hours from SENG courses must not exceed nine (9). 

  • To select electives, go to the list of CSCI and SENG electives at the end of this page. 
Coursework (24 s.h. of electives only)

Twenty-four (24) s.h. of 6000-level computer science (CSCI) courses and 6000-level software engineering (SENG) elective courses are required for this option. The semester hours from SENG courses must not exceed nine (9).

  • To select electives, go to the list of CSCI and SENG electives at the end of this page. 
Note:

The coursework option requires an e-Portfolio comprehensive assessment. Please contact the program coordinator for more information.

Nontraditional Pathway


Minimum degree requirement is 38 s.h. as follows:

Options - 24 s.h.


Choose one of the following three options:

Thesis (CSCI 7000 - 6 s.h.) and electives (18 s.h.)

A thesis is required for this option. Students summarize their research in the form of a formal written document and deliver an oral presentation. Thesis research is typically conducted over two semesters. Six (6) s.h. count toward the degree requirements.

Eighteen (18) s.h. of 6000-level computer science (CSCI) courses and 6000-level software engineering (SENG) elective courses are required for this option. The semester hours from SENG courses must not exceed six (6).

  • To select electives, go to the list of CSCI and SENG electives at the end of this page. 
Project (CSCI 6995 - 3 s.h.) and electives (21 s.h.)

A research project with a written report is required for this option. Students select topics for their projects in consultation with research advisors prior to the beginning of the last semester of study. The project involves collecting research literature on a topic of interest, critically examining it, and summarizing the research in the form of a formal technical report. This option may also involve developing software systems or proof of concept systems. Students must deliver an oral presentation of their findings. The research project is typically completed during the last semester of study.

Twenty-one (21) s.h. of 6000-level computer science (CSCI) courses and 6000-level software engineering (SENG) elective courses are required for this option. The semester hours from SENG courses must not exceed nine (9).

  • To select electives, go to the list of CSCI and SENG electives at the end of this page. 
Coursework (24 s.h. of electives only)

Twenty-four (24) s.h. of 6000-level computer science (CSCI) courses and 6000-level software engineering (SENG) elective courses are required for this option. The semester hours from SENG courses must not exceed nine (9).

  • To select electives, go to the list of CSCI and SENG electives at the end of this page. 
Note:

The coursework option requires an e-Portfolio comprehensive assessment. Please contact the program coordinator for more information.

CSCI and SENG Electives List


(Electives should be carefully selected after consultation with a faculty adviser or program coordinator.)

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