Computer Science M.S. (Hybrid) (Thesis)

Degree Requirements: 30 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

Domestic Candidates: (Choose Option A or Option B)

Option A
  1. Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or in a related field (Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering, etc.) from an accredited program.
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or its equivalent.
  3. Submit a General GRE score.
Option B
  1. Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or in a related field (Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering, etc.).
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.4/4.0 or its equivalent.
  3. Have at least two years of relevant professional experience (employment) in computing. 
  4. Submit a General GRE score.

International Candidates

  1. Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or in a related field (for example, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering, etc.)
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or its equivalent.
  3. Submit a General GRE score.
  4. Submit a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (internet-based).  The TOEFL will be waived for international applicants who have graduated from a U.S. College or University.

Provisional Admission

Applicants who meet most (but not all) of the Regular admission requirements may be admitted on a Provisional basis. Applicants granted Provisional admission must earn grades of “B” or higher in the courses taken under the Provisional admission status. Any other conditions of Provisional admission will be stated in the admission letter. Applicants with such admission status may take graduate-level courses counting toward the M.S. degree requirements. It is every student's responsibility to satisfy his or her conditions of admission as soon as possible after acceptance. Prerequisites for provisionally admitted students consist of the following undergraduate courses:

Credit Hours
Requirements9
Programming Principles I
Data Structures
Systems Software

Non-Degree

Applicants who have a high number of deficiencies may be granted Non-Degree admission to the College of Graduate Studies to take a limited number of graduate level courses.

Program of Study

The graduate student and the graduate advisor shall develop a Program of Study that consists of 30 credits of graduate course work, including 9 credits of core courses, 3 to 6 credits of Directed Study, 9 to 12 credits of elective classes at the 7000 level, and 6 credits of Thesis (CSCI   7999).

For the online Concentration program in Data and Knowledge Systems, the graduate student and the graduate advisor shall develop a Program of Study that consists of 30 credits of graduate course work, including 9 credits of core courses, 9 credits in the concentration area, 6 credits of elective classes at the 7000 level, and 6 credits of Thesis (CSCI 7999) (thesis option).

General Requirements

Credit Hours
Core Requirements9
Artificial Intelligence - Theory and Application
Database Systems Design-Theory and Application
Algorithm Analysis and Data Structures
Advanced Courses3-6
Directed Study in Computer Science
Electives9-12
Any CSCI 7XXX courses
Thesis Option (during the last semester)6
Thesis
Total Credit Hours30

Concentration:  Data and Knowledge Systems, Online, 30 Credit Hours

Credit Hours
Core Requirements9
Artificial Intelligence - Theory and Application
Database Systems Design-Theory and Application
Distributed Web Systems Design - Theory and Application
Concentration Requirements9
Distributed Database Systems
Data Mining
Data Warehousing
Electives
Select one of the following6
Selected Topics in Computer Science
Any CEIT 7XXX courses from any department of the college (with approval)
Thesis Option (not in the same semester)6
Thesis
Total Credit Hours30

Students with a GPA over 3.8 are encouraged to take the Master's Thesis option.

Accelerated Bachelors to Masters (ABM)

Degree Requirements: 30 Credit Hours

In accordance with SACSCOC requirements, 120 unique credit hours are required in a Bachelors degree program, and at least 30 unique credit hours are required for a Masters degree program. The MSCS-ABM program combines 124 hours from the BS Computer Science program and 30 hours from the MSCS program, exceeding the required 150 unique hours between undergraduate and graduate degree programs by 4 hours. The Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies Handbook for Program Directors and Graduate Advisors permits a maximum of 9 shared credit hours between the undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Therefore, MSCS-ABM students may share a maximum of 4 credit hours of graduate level courses (5000G) in satisfying the requirements of both degree programs.

Admission Requirements


For regular admission to the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s of Science in Computer Science (ABM-MSCS) degree program, the applicant must have:

  1. Enrollment as a current Georgia Southern undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science.
  2. Between 75 and 95 (inclusive) credit hours completed in the undergraduate program; including the courses MATH 1441, MATH 2130, MATH 2242, CSCI 1301, CSCI 1302, CSCI 3230 and CSCI 3236, each with a grade of C or better.
  3. A 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative GPA or higher in undergraduate coursework.
  4. A 3.0 (4.0 scale) GPA in computer science undergraduate coursework.

ABM programs do not allow provisional admission. ABM programs are designed for students who have demonstrated a high level of undergraduate academic performance that validates their ability to be successful graduate students. Students who do not meet the minimum requirements for regular admission may be granted admission to the program upon approval of an admissions committee consisting of at least the Department Chair and the Graduate Program director.

Program of Study

The graduate student and the graduate advisor shall develop a Program of Study that consists of 30 credits of graduate course work, including 9 credits of core courses, 3 to 6 credits of Directed Study, 9 to 12 credits of elective classes at the 7000 level, and 6 credits of Thesis (CSCI 7999).

General Requirements

Credit Hours
Core Requirements9
Algorithm Design and Analysis
Artificial Intelligence - Theory and Application
Database Systems Design-Theory and Application
Advanced Courses3-6
Directed Study in Computer Science
Electives
Any CSCI 7XXX courses
Thesis Option (during the last semester)6
Thesis
Total Credit Hours30

Students with GPA over 3.8 are encouraged to take the Master’s Thesis option.

Advisement

Erica R. Colbert
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 7995
Statesboro, GA 30460
(912) 478-3007
E-mail: MSCS@georgiasouthern.edu