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2009-2010 Downtown Campus Catalog 
    
2009-2010 Downtown Campus Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science MS


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►  Graduate School Rules  apply to this program

General MS Degree Requirements


In addition to the basic requirements of the university, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering requires master’s degree candidates to complete an approved program of study consisting of at least 30 semester hours of graduate-level computer science courses while maintaining a GPA of at least 3.0. With prior approval by the graduate committee, a student may substitute up to 9 semester hours of graduate-level mathematics or other engineering courses. All courses must be taught by University of Colorado graduate faculty.

A student must submit an approved plan of study to the department during the first semester of his/her admission. An academic advisor will consult with each student to develop a plan of study.

Adequate Progress Toward MS in Computer Science Degree

Students are expected to finish the MS degree program within five years. Candidates for the MS degree may not get credit for a course taken longer than five years before the date on which the degree is to be granted.

Students who do not enroll for any course work relevant to computer science in a given semester (summer semesters excluded) must supply the Department of Computer Science and Engineering with a written statement describing the reason for the inactivity. Students who are inactive for three consecutive semesters (summer semesters excluded) can be removed from the program.

Students may choose either Plan I (thesis) or Plan II (MS project).

Plan I—Thesis


Students choosing Plan I take 24 semester hours of graduate course work plus 6 semester hours of thesis work. Three courses must be chosen from among five core courses and three additional courses chosen from among more than a dozen “breadth” courses. All must be passed with a grade of B or better. Plan I students must also write a thesis and defend it before a thesis committee. The students in Plan I may take two independent study courses for a maximum of 6 hours.

Plan II—MS Project


Students choosing Plan II take 27 semester hours of graduate course work. Three courses must be chosen from among five core courses and three additional courses chosen from among more than a dozen “breadth” courses. All must be passed with a grade of B or better. The students in Plan II may take only one independent study course for a maximum of 3 semester hours.

Note: Students can take only graduate engineering (21 semester hours must be CS courses) and graduate mathematics courses. No more than 6 semester hours can be taken in the form of online courses.

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