Master of Science in Computing and Information Science

Program Description | Admission | RequirementsDegree Plans | Courses


Program Description

The Computer and Information Science curriculum utilizes state-of-the-art software, software development methodologies, project management techniques, and hardware. Emphasis is placed on preparing students for an environment where change is the norm. Computer and Information Science may be selected as the major for the Master of Science degree.


Admission

Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program in computing and information science must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript(s) of all previous college work
  4. Official GRE scores
  5. Two letters of recommendation that address the applicant's qualifications for graduate study
  6. International Applicants Only: TOEFL or IELTS scores. The minimum requirement for TOEFL is 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, and 79 internet-based. The minimum requirement for IELTS is 6.5.

Graduate study in computing and information science is accessible to students who have completed undergraduate computer science majors or minors and to students with baccalaureate degrees in related fields with the equivalent of a computer science minor in formal coursework or professional experience.

At the minimum, candidates are expected to present a background comparable to that provided in the following courses as described in the Undergraduate Catalog of Sam Houston State University.

Background Courses

Course Name
COSC 1436 Programming Fundamentals I
COSC 1437 Programming Fundamentals II
COSC 3318 Database Management Systems
COSC 3319 Data Structures and Algorithms
COSC 4327 Computer Operating Systems
COSC 4318 Programming Languages
MATH 1420 Calculus I
MATH 3379 Statistical Methods in Practice

Applicants with less preparation will be required to complete additional stem work as part of the graduate program.

Admission preference is given to those applicants with an undergraduate GPA in excess of 3.0. However, please note that a holistic review of each student's application file will be completed, and admission will be granted on a competitive basis.


Degree Requirements

The MS in Computing and Information Science requires a minimum of thirty-six hours of graduate credit. There are two plans leading to the degree; a thesis and a non-thesis option.

A committee advisor is assigned to each student at the time the student registers for COSC 6347 Programming Practicum or COSC 6348 Thesis. Committee appointments are made by the Chair of the Computer Science Department based upon recommendation from the Computer Science Graduate Advisor. The advisory committee consists of graduate faculty from the Computer Science Department. Students may be required to complete a written comprehensive examination in certain core subjects before graduation. Students may be also be required to supplement their written responses in an oral examination.  Students must be enrolled the semester in which they take comprehensive examinations. Once enrolled in COSC 6347 Programming Practicum or COSC 6348/COSC 6349 Thesis a student must be continually enrolled in each major semester until graduation.

Degree Plans

Plan 1 - MS in Computing and Information Science (Thesis)

Notes
* Once enrolled in COSC 6348 Thesis I, the student must enroll in this course until graduation.
** Courses should be selected in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.
Master of Science (MS) in Computing and Information Science (Thesis option)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (21 credit hours)
COSC 5327 Operating Systems 3
COSC 6319 Software Engineering 3
COSC 6318 Language and Compiler Design 3
COSC 5318 Database Systems 3
COSC 5319 Algorithm Design and Analysis 3
COSC 6348 Thesis I* 3
COSC 6049 Thesis II 3
Electives (15 credit hours) Choose five from:
Graduate courses in COSC or DFSC** 15
Total Credit Hours 36

Plan 2 - MS in Computing and Information Science (Non-thesis)

Notes
* Once enrolled in COSC 6347 Programming Practicum, the student must enroll in this course until graduation.
** Courses should be selected in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.
Master of Science in Computing and Information Science (Non-thesis option)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (18 credit hours)
COSC 5327 Operating Systems 3
COSC 6319 Software Engineering 3
COSC 6318 Language and Compiler Design 3
COSC 5318 Database Systems 3
COSC 5319 Algorithm Design and Analysis 3
COSC 6347 Programming Practicum* 3
Electives (18 credit hours) Choose six from:
Graduate courses in COSC or DFSC** 18
Total Credit Hours 36

Courses

Computer Science (COSC)
Digital Forensics (DFSC)

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