Computer Science, M.S.

Degree:Master of Science (M.S.)
Major:Computer Science
Certificates:Data Science
Database Systems
Department:Computer Science
Building 4, Room 223
College:Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering
CIP Code:11.0101
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 30

The Department of Computer Science offers several graduate programs and certificates that provide instruction on a variety of modern topics in data analytics, software engineering, parallel and distributed computing, and cybersecurity giving graduates the edge to be highly competitive in today's IT job market.

With one of the most affordable tuition plans in Florida and state-of-the-art facilities, our Computer Science Master's program offers cutting edge curricula and learning environments, with professionally-oriented, hands-on study material.

The department annually awards several scholarships, fellowships, and out-of-state tuition waivers to new and returning students. The department also has limited opportunities for teaching/research assistantships for new and returning students. Please see the departmental website for additional information.

Program Requirements

A minimum grade of "C" is required for all courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria are used to assess the potential success of each applicant:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): successful applicants typically have verbal scores of 140 or higher and quantitative scores of 150 or higher
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Undergraduate degree major
  • The applicant’s motivation for pursuit of a Master of Science in Computer Science degree, extent of related work experience in the field, and future goals related to the attainment of a Master of Science in Computer Science degree described in a letter of intent written by the applicant
  • Submission of a resume
  • Indication of the applicant’s ability to succeed in our graduate program as reflected in three signed letters of recommendation

Students entering the program with a Bachelor's degree other than Computer Science may be required to complete prerequisite courses in computing and programming. The department offers the following foundational courses to complete the prerequisite coursework:

  • COP 5518 Foundations: Computing Essentials
  • COP 5007 Foundations: Programming Essentials
  • COP 5416 Foundations: Data Structure & Algorithms Essentials