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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, M.S. - 32 units

(Offered through CI Extended University Program)

The MS in Computer Science prepares students for advanced careers in high-tech, computer-driven industries, including applications to business, aerospace, education, military, and government where interdisciplinary, dynamic and innovative professionals trained in latest technologies are increasingly sought. Students develop a strong background in computer theory, software and hardware, as well as skills to conduct applied research. The program stresses interdisciplinary applications while preparing students for a wide range of industry, academic, and research positions.


Students seeking admission are expected to have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. Applicants will be evaluated according to the program guidelines which will consider the applicants in the context of the total applicant pool using our general admission standards, including all academic work, GPA, standardized test scores (such as GRE), personal statement of purpose, reference letters, relevant work experience, and other factors that may have a bearing on the individual’s potential for success.

Candidates with undergraduate degrees from other disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be provisionally accepted. The conditions will usually include a selection of foundation Computer Science and Math courses as determined by the admission committee.

The current guidelines and admission procedures are described in detail on the program Web pages at http://compsci.csuci.edu.


To obtain the degree, the student must complete each course with a minimum grade of B, and successfully defend a thesis before an examination committee.

Note: Any remedial courses are in addition to the following graduation requirements

Required Coursework - 32 units

Graduate Seminar 2  
Master Thesis 6  
Electives 24  

Required Courses - 8 units*

* Required: 2 units of 599 and 6 units of 597


To accommodate the need to acquire multidisciplinary experience and knowledge beneficial to their research, MSCS students may take up to 6 units of any other course upon obtaining authorization from the MSCS program director in consultation with the Master Thesis advisor.

Graduate students may also get credit for taking 400-level courses under some exceptional circumstances. Permission to take such a course has to be granted by the program director in consultation with the Master Thesis advisor and the course instructor prior to enrolling into the course. No more than 9 units can be credited in this way.

Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement

Writing proficiency prior to the awarding of the degree is demonstrated by successful completion of COMP 597 - Master Thesis  with a grade of B or higher.

Continuous Registration Requirement

A student, who is not on an Academic Leave of Absence, must register every semester until graduating. If all other course requirements have been satisfied, a student should register in one unit of COMP 597  to satisfy the requirement.