MS In Computer Science

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Overview

The MS program in computer science prepares students for advancement in academic or industrial careers. The program is designed to provide students with a breadth of advanced knowledge in computer science, while permitting them to achieve depth in areas of current interest within the computing field, as well as the emerging technologies that will be gaining importance in the future.

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Curriculum

Total Credit Hours

Every candidate for the MS degree must complete 45 quarter hours of credit, at least 36 of which must be completed at the University of Denver.

Program Structure

Candidates may elect either the thesis or non-thesis option. This choice may be made at any time, although a delay in declaration may impact the completion date. Students who are GTAs or who receive financial support from a University research grant, such as GRAs, are required to elect the thesis option. These programs are designed to be completed in about seven quarters if two courses (usually 8 QH) are taken each quarter.Three COMP courses at the 4000-level (other than COMP 4991) are required of which at least one must be a designated “theory” class.

Non-thesis Option:

The non-thesis option is the more flexible of the two options. This program is designed with the working professional in mind. For this option, a grade of B or better must be obtained in each course in order for that course to count toward the requirement of 45 QH. An overall minimum GPA of 3.0 is also required for graduation. Students may only take up to 8 quarter hours of independent study to be counted toward the degree.  Each student must take a minimum of 24 quarter hours at the 4000-level.

Thesis Option:

A thesis permits a candidate to obtain depth in an area of study and it is especially useful for individuals who seek to pursue a subsequent degree, for example, a PhD degree. Thesis candidates work closely with a thesis advisor. The thesis option is required for all GRAs and GTAs. For this option, a grade of C or better must be obtained in each course in order for that course to count toward the 45 QH hour requirements. An overall minimum GPA of 3.0 is also required for graduation. Students may only take up to 8 quarter hours of independent study to be counted toward the degree. Each student must take a minimum of 16 quarter hours at the 4000-level.

Breadth Requirement (Non-Thesis and Thesis Option)

Breadth Requirement courses (each with not less than 3 QH of credit) may be chosen from courses offered in other specialization areas. A course that appears in more than one specialization area may only be counted toward either the specialization requirement or the breadth requirement. The remaining courses are chosen from appropriate courses numbered 3000 or higher, offered by the Department Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Department of Computer Science or NSM (Natural Sciences and Mathematics). Prior approval by the student’s advisor is required.

Course Descriptions

For the most up-to-date course/curriculum requirements please visit the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Admissions

To view the admissions requirements, please go here and follow the instructions below: 

  • Choose Doctorate or Masters
  • Select Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Select the appropriate degree program.

Financial Assistance

View graduate student assistance programs

Graduate Assistantships

Receive financial assistance while you pursue a master’s or doctoral degree by applying for a graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) or graduate research assistantship (GRA) position.

To learn more about GTA or GRA positions, please visit the Graduate Assistantships page.

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