Jul 18, 2019  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Computer Science (M.S.)


Purdue University
Master of Science (M.S.)
Department of Computer Science  
College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building 125

Beomjin Kim, Chair
260-481-6180 or 481-6803

Jin Soung Yoo, Graduate Program Director
260-481-6946


The Master of Science with a major in computer science (CS) is designed to meet the objectives of students with a professional interest in computer-related fields and to help meet the computing expertise needs of their employers. As the name implies, the philosophy of the program is applied. Courses of the program stress a hands-on approach, applying theory to the practical problems of developing computing and information systems with large software content. To meet the needs of working professionals, courses are primarily offered in the evening.

Graduates of the program will be in a position to assume leadership roles in:

  • Providing technological and managerial perspectives on information management and the development of information systems;
  • Formulating and assessing requirements for complex software-based systems;
  • Using the principles of systems analysis and software engineering to design, implement, and test complex software-based systems; and
  • Keeping abreast of the content and implications of technological advancements in computer sciences.

Financial Aid

  • There are a limited number of graduate teaching assistantships available that include a stipend and substantial fee remission. Generally these are not available to first-term students.

Program Delivery

  • On-campus

Declaring This Major

General Requirements

Admission Requirements


Applicants to the program should have an undergraduate degree in engineering, business, mathematics, computer science, or another undergraduate degree and significant experience in professional computer practice. Program entrance requirements include a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, proficiency in a high-level computer language equivalent to a two-semester college course, a course in data structures, a course in statistics or probability based on two semesters of calculus, and a course in finite or discrete mathematics. 

As an example, the following PFW courses satisfy the admissions requirements for the computer science graduate program:

  • CS 26000 - Data Structures Cr. 3.
  • CS 36000 - Software Engineering Cr. 3.
  • MA 17500 - Discrete Mathematics Cr. 3.
  • STAT 51100 - Statistical Methods Cr. 3.

The admission process is selective and meeting the above minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Applicants to the CS graduate program are expected to submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE): the quantitative, analytic, and verbal aptitude components.

These requirements are in addition to the standard admission requirements of the Purdue Graduate School.

Degree Requirements


Curriculum Requirements


The curriculum requires 30 credit hours of approved graduate credit chosen with the guidance of a graduate advisor. The program will be configured to each individual’s needs. Six of the 30 credit hours will be chosen from the following courses:

Remaining Requirements


  • Non-thesis Option

The remaining 24 credit hour minimum will be chosen from the CS courses listed in the Graduate Catalog. All of these courses have CS 26000 and STAT 51100 or equivalents as prerequisites unless stated otherwise. Many have additional undergraduate prerequisites. A limited number of other graduate courses in mathematics, engineering, and occasionally business may be approved on an individual basis.

  • Thesis Option

ACS 69800  - Research M.S. Thesis (6 credits) is requested.  The remaining 18 credit hours will be chosen from the CS courses listed in the Graduate Catalog. All of these courses have CS 26000 and STAT 51100 or equivalents as prerequisites unless stated otherwise. Many have additional undergraduate prerequisites. A limited number of other graduate courses in mathematics, engineering, and occasionally business may be approved on an individual basis.

Total Credits Required: 30


Student Responsibility


You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career.  All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the Graduate Director.