Technology, Innovation, and Computer Science

M.S. in Computer Science (Blended)


The 36-credit M.S. in Computer Science provides students with the knowledge and skills to become successful leaders in the field of computer science and information technology. The program provides the basic foundations with an emphasis on the design and development of large software systems.

Required courses cover what is commonly accepted by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as the core of graduate computer science. The inclusion of small implementation projects and/or computer programming exercises in most courses provides experience in the practical aspects of the software development cycle. In addition, each student enrolls in a two-course sequence, either writing a thesis or completing a large software development project.

This program is offered in a blended learning format. Nearly half of each course will be delivered online and the balance will be offered in a traditional classroom setting.


Admission Requirements

The standards for admission to the program are as follows:

1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
2. An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0
3. A written statement outlining applicant’s objectives for seeking admission into the program
4. A current résumé
5. Two letters of recommendation
6. A completed application submitted to the Office of Admissions

Candidates meeting the admission requirements will be placed into one of the following two tracks depending upon the candidate’s undergraduate degree and background in fundamentals of computer science and programming. Other evidence of competence may be required to grant a limited matriculation status in the program.
Track 1 – Candidates admitted into Track 1 will have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or management information systems and will begin their program with the required core courses.

Track 2 – Candidates without a bachelor’s degree in computer science or management information systems will be admitted into Track 2 and required to demonstrate proficiency in computer programming and foundations by passing the competency waiver exam or completing two preparation courses: Computer Science 601 and 605 or their equivalents.

Computer Science Background Requirements
A candidate who is not proficient in the C programming language must take CS 601 (no credits toward computer science master’s degree). A candidate who does not have sufficient background in computer science foundations (i.e., operating systems, computer architecture, discrete structures, advanced programming) must take CS 605 (3 credits). Candidates who successfully complete both CS 605 and CS 601 will get three (3) elective credits for CS 605.

Transfer Credits
Students are permitted to transfer a maximum of six (6) graduate computer science credits from other institutions with the approval of the department chair. Industry training courses that meet time and content requirements may, with the approval of the chair, qualify for transfer credits. Competency Equivalencies Students who can demonstrate competency in core courses may request that the course(s) be waived. The student will substitute an elective course, with the approval of the department chair.

Competency Equivalencies
Students who can demonstrate competency in core courses may request that the course(s) be waived. The student will substitute an elective course, with the approval of the department chair.

Program Sequence

The 36-credit M.S. in Computer Science provides students with the knowledge and skills to become successful leaders in the field of computer science and information technology. The program provides the basic foundations with an emphasis on the design and development of large software systems.

M.S. in Computer Science Requirements:

Prerequisite Courses: 6 Credits

Prerequisites Course # Course Name Credits

CS 601
Principles of Computer Science and Structured Programing 3.00
  CS 605 
Fundamentals of Computer Science and Systems Programming 3.00

Computer Science Core: 21 Credits


Prerequisites Course # Course Name Credits
CS 601
CS 631
Algorithms and Data Structures 3.00
CS 631 CS 633 Structured Systems Analysis and Design 3.00
CS 601 &
CS 605 or equivalent
CS 641 Computer Architecture 3.00
  CS 643 Operating Systems I 3.00
  CS 645 Computer Communications and Networking 3.00
  CS 649 Database Management Systems 3.00
CS 631 CS 666 Artificial Intelligence 3.00

Computer Science Electives: 9 to 12 Credits

Three (3) Advanced Computer Science Courses (9 credits) if Thesis Option is selected OR Four (4) Advanced Computer Science Courses (12 credits) if Software Development Project option is selected.

Thesis Option: 6 credits**

Prerequisites Course # Course Name Credits
  CS 698
Computer Science Thesis
3.00
  CS 699
Computer Science Thesis
3.00

Software Development Project Option: 3 credits**

Prerequisites
Course #
Course Name Credits
  CS 690
Software Development Project
3.00
  CS 691
Software Development Project
3.00

Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Credits (Thesis Option): 36
Minimum Credits (Project Option): 36
Minimum Major GPA: 3.0

**To be taken in the last semester of study.

The following seven (7) courses are required:
CS 631
Algorithms and Data Structures
3.00
CS 633
System Analysis and Design
3.00
CS 641
Computer Architecture
3.00
CS 643
Operating Systems
3.00
CS 645
Computer Communications and Networking                                   
3.00
CS 649
Database Management Systems
3.00
CS 666
Artificial Intelligence
3.00

CONTACT

School of Business, Public Administration & Information Sciences

Ray Pullaro, Dean

718-488-1130
Ray.Pullaro@liu.edu