Thesis option

This track requires the completion of 25 hours of graduate course work (a minimum of 9 at the 6000 level in computer science lecture courses and one credit hour of CS 6010 Seminar), six to nine hours of research, and the successful completion and defense of a research thesis. Information about how theses are graded can be found in the thesis rubric.

Non-thesis option

This track requires the completion of 31 hours of graduate coursework (a minimum of 15 at the 6000 level in computer science lecture courses and one credit hour of CS 6010 Seminar).

31 Hour Curriculum

Thesis

  • 6 to 9 hours thesis credit CS 6099
  • 9 hours 6000 level CS lecture courses
  • 1 semester of seminar course CS 6010
  • 3 hours out-of-department course
  • CS 5200  - Algorithms
  • 28 hours of graduate course work required

Non-Thesis

  • 15 hours 6000  level CS lecture courses
  • 1 semester of Seminar course CS 6010
  • 3 hours out-of-department course
  • CS 5200  - Algorithms
  • 28 hours of graduate course work required

Entrance requirements

Minimum requirements for admission:

  • A minimum GRE verbal score of >= 144
  • A minimum GRE Quantitative >= 155
  • A minimum GRE AWA score >= 4.0
  • A minimum TOEFL score of >= 89 or IELTS >= 7, for those students not speaking English as their native language
  • An undergraduate GPA of for M.S. 3.0/4.0 and for Ph.D. 3.2/4.0 or better over the last 2 years, or successful completion of 12 graduate hours in computer science as a "probationary" graduate student at Missouri S&T with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Knowledge of the following:

1. Strong math skills
2. Competency in a modern programming language
3. Computer science core including:
                   * Algorithms & Data Structures
                   * Computer Organization/Architecture
                   * Database & File Structures
                   * Discrete Mathematics & Automata
                   * Operating Systems
                   * Software Engineering

Contact Information:

Graduate coordinator
Computer Science Department
Missouri University of Science and Technology
500 West 15th Street
342 Computer Science Building
Rolla, MO 65409-0350
Phone: 573-341-6642
E-mail: csgradcoord@mst.edu