M.S. in Computer Science
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The M.S. in Computer Science provides foundations of Computer Science while acknowledging that Computer Science is key to algorithms in the sciences. Other programs in the Computer Science Department with different foci are M.S. in Information Technology and the M.S. in Software Engineering.
The M.S. in Computer Science offers the following concentrations of specialization:
Each program requires a total of 30 credit hours
Generally 10 three-credit courses
Students can receive up to 6 credit hours (replacing two of our courses) for graduate work taken elsewhere
See the transfer credit section of the Graduate Student Handbook for details.
Students who have taken undergraduate Loyola classes:
Many 400-level courses in the department have closely related 300-level analogues, e.g. COMP 443: Computer Networks and COMP 343: Computer Networks. Students who enter the MS program after taking a Loyola course in this category must choose to take 400-level courses that are not closely related to any 300-level courses taken earlier, unless they have GPD permission.
The Computer Science has more prerequisites than other programs.
Overall, to achieve depth and breadth, Computer Science students must complete the following to obtain the required 30 credits to graduate:
Two (2) required courses
Four (4) electives restricted to a concentration
Four (4) general electives
A four-year undergraduate degree in any field. Computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, or related background recommended.
All of these courses must be taken if you do not have a four-year undergraduate degree in a related field.
Students may not use an introductory course to satisfy a foundation or elective requirement.
Preparatory courses do not count towards the 30 required credit hours of non-preparatory courses.
A student taking any necessary preparation course is considered to be a full-fledged student of the Graduate School. Preparation courses may be taken in the same semester as other graduate courses, provided the prerequisites for the other graduate courses are met. Students are expected, however, to take all necessary preparation courses early in their career.
A student may place out of an introductory course under any of the following conditions:
The student has appropriate coursework equivalent to the introductory course.
The student has appropriate and verified professional experience equivalent to the introductory course.
The student passes a Graduate Competency Assessment (GCA) in the introductory course area.
This can be waived under the discretion of the GPD.
If a student has had a preparatory course waived, departmental assistance will usually be necessary to allow the student to register for any other course having that preparatory course as a prerequisite.