Master of Science in Computing and Information Science

The Computing 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. Computing and Information Science may be selected as the major for the Master of Science degree.

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

Courses
COSC 1436Programming Fundamentals I4
COSC 1437Programming Fundamentals II4
COSC 3318Data Base Management Systems3
COSC 3319Data Structures and Algorithms3
COSC 4318Advanced Language Concepts3
COSC 4327Computer Operating Systems3
MATH 1420Calculus I4
MATH 3379Statistical Mthods In Practice3

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

In general, applicants whose GRE score exceeds 300 will likely be able to complete the master's degree successfully. 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.

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 or COSC 6348. 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 also 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 or COSC 6348/COSC 6049 a student must be continually enrolled in each major semester until graduation.

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

Master of Science in Computing and Information Science (Thesis option)
Specified Courses
COSC 5318Database Systems3
COSC 5319Algorithm Design and Analysis3
COSC 5327Operating Systems3
COSC 6318Language and Compiler Design3
COSC 6319Software Engineering3
COSC 6049Thesis3
COSC 6348Thesis 13
Electives
Select five graduate courses in COSC or DFSC selected in consultation with the Graduate Advisor15
Total Hours36
1

Once enrolled in COSC 6348, the student must enroll in this course until graduation.

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

Master of Science in Computing and Information Science (Non-thesis option)
Specified Courses
COSC 5318Database Systems3
COSC 5319Algorithm Design and Analysis3
COSC 5327Operating Systems3
COSC 6318Language and Compiler Design3
COSC 6319Software Engineering3
COSC 6347Programming Practicum 23
Electives
Select six graduate courses in COSC or DFSC selected in consultation with the Graduate Advisor18
Total Hours36
2

Once enrolled in COSC 6347, the student must enroll in this course until graduation.