MS in Computer Science

Degree Requirements

Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours in addition to any required introductory courses of the designated degree program.
  • Complete all graduate courses and requirements listed in the designated degree program.
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all courses of the designated degree program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Students pursuing a second (or more) graduate degree may not double count or retake any course that applied toward the completion of a prior graduate degree. If a required course in the second degree was already completed and applied toward a previous degree, the student must meet with a faculty advisor to discuss a new course to be completed and substituted in the new degree. This rule also applies to cross-listed courses, which are considered to be the same course but offered under different subjects.
  • Students pursuing a second master's degree must complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours beyond their first designated degree program in addition to any required introductory courses in their second designated degree program.

Students with a GPA of 3.9 or higher will graduate with distinction.

For DePaul's policy on repeat graduate courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Graduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.

Course Legend
Course Requirements
Introductory Courses
No Introductory Course may be substituted for any other course at any level.

Introductory courses may be waived for any of the following conditions:
  • The student has the appropriate course work to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student has appropriate and verified professional experience to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student passes a Graduate Assessment Examination (GAE) in the Introductory Course area.
CSC 400
CSC 401
CSC 402
CSC 403
CSC 406
CSC 407
Foundation Courses
CSC 421
CSC 435
CSC 447
CSC 453
SE 450
Major Elective Courses
Graduates of the MS in Computer Science program must be proficient in the at least one broad area of Computer Science listed below. For this reason students will take the remaining 8 elective courses as follows:
  • 4 courses from one area
  • 4 additional courses from any area. Including the option to take the 2-course SE Studio sequence, the 2-course GAM studio sequence, the 1-course CS capstone, the Research Colloquium course, or write an MS Thesis, or develop an MS Research Project.
The courses in each area are listed below. The Independent Study courses (CSC 695) may be taken for up to 8 credits and at most 4 credit hours of CSC 695 can count towards the chosen area.

Areas
  • Software and Systems Development
    CSC 436
    CSC 438
    CSC 439
    CSC 443
    CSC 448
    CSC 461
    CSC 462
    CSC 471
    CSC 472
    CSC 475
    CSC 534
    CSC 536
    CSC 540
    CSC 548
    CSC 549
    CSC 551
    CSC 552
    CSC 553
    CSC 595
    CNS 450
    GAM 690
    GAM 691
    HCI 441
    SE 441
    SE 452
    SE 459
    SE 525
    SE 526
    SE 554
    SE 560
    SE 491 (Capstone)
    SE 591 (Capstone)
    TDC 478
    TDC 484
    TDC 568
  • Theory
    CSC 431
    CSC 440
    CSC 444
    CSC 489
    CSC 503
    CSC 521
    CSC 525
    CSC 531
    CSC 535
    CSC 547
    CSC 557
    CSC 580
    CSC 591
    SE 533
  • Data Science
    CSC 423
    CSC 424
    CSC 425
    CSC 433
    CSC 465
    CSC 478
    CSC 481
    CSC 482
    CSC 495
    CSC 529
    CSC 555
    CSC 575
    CSC 578
    CSC 594
    CSC 598
    CSC 672
    ECT 584
    IS 467
  • Database Systems
    CSC 433
    CSC 452
    CSC 454
    CSC 478
    CSC 529
    CSC 543
    CSC 549
    CSC 551
    CSC 553
    CSC 554
    CSC 555
    CSC 575
    CSC 589
  • Artificial Intelligence
    CSC 457
    CSC 458
    CSC 478
    CSC 480
    CSC 481
    CSC 482
    CSC 495
    CSC 528
    CSC 529
    CSC 538
    CSC 575
    CSC 576
    CSC 577
    CSC 578
    CSC 583
    CSC 587
    CSC 592
    CSC 594
    ECT 584
    GEO 441
    GEO 442
    IS 467
  • Software Engineering
    SE 430
    SE 433
    SE 441
    SE 452
    SE 453
    SE 456
    SE 457
    SE 459
    SE 475
    SE 477
    SE 480
    SE 482
    SE 491
    SE 525
    SE 526
    SE 529
    SE 533
    SE 546
    SE 549
    SE 554
    SE 556
    SE 560
    SE 579
    SE 581
    SE 582
    SE 591
  • Game and Real-Time Systems
    CSC 461
    CSC 462
    CSC 486
    CSC 588
    GAM 425
    GAM 450
    GAM 453
    GAM 470
    GAM 475
    GAM 476
    GAM 486
    GAM 575
    GAM 576
    GAM 690
    GAM 691
    GPH 436
    GPH 469
    GPH 570
    GPH 572
    GPH 580
    SE 456
  • Human-Computer Interaction
    CSC 436
    CSC 438
    CSC 465
    CSC 471
    CSC 472
    CSC 491
    CSC 492
    HCI 440
    OR HCI 441
    HCI 430
    HCI 454
Research and Thesis Options
As part of their electives, students have the option of signing up for the Research Colloquium, or completing a Research Project, or writing a Master Thesis, or participating in a Graduate Internship.
  • Research Colloquium
    The research colloquium consists of weekly talks by a variety of speakers including faculty, students, and guests from the academic and business communities. The lectures feature new creative and scholarly work that encompasses the disciplines and areas of interest of the school of computing. Students interested in attending the colloquium and receiving credit should sign up for the CSC 500 course (NOTE: this course carries only 2 credits; it may be taken twice for credit.) Student evaluation is based on attendance as well as an online journal with reflections on each of the presentations. The educational objectives are to expose students to creative and scholarly research at DePaul and elsewhere, and to engage students in the thought process of identifying and solving challenging research problems.
  • Master's Research
    Students interested in a more in-depth study of a particular area can choose to work with a faculty member (not necessarily their academic advisor) on an independent study or research project. The work involved may include system development, empirical studies, or theoretical work. The student will register for up to 4 credit hours of CSC 695. 4 credit hours of CSC 695 replaces one 500 level major elective course in the M.S. in Computer Science program. CSC 695 can be taken multiple times for up to 8 credit hours. Students must successfully complete the Foundation courses prior to their first enrollment in CSC 695. Students interested in the Master's Thesis option will typically take 8 credits of CSC 695.
  • Master's Thesis
    A student who has made an original contribution to the area (typically, through work done by CSC 695) may choose to complete a Master's Thesis. The student and the student's research advisor should form a Master's Thesis Committee of 3 faculty. The student will need to submit to the committee a thesis detailing the results of the research project. After a public defense, the committee will decide whether to accept the thesis. In that case, the student will be allowed to register for the 0 credit course CSC 698 and the transcript will show the thesis title as the course topic.
  • Graduate Internship
    In cooperation with local employers, the graduate program offers students the opportunity to integrate their academic experience with on-the-job training in computer related work areas. Students may take CSC 697 for up to four credits. Admission to the internship program requires consent of the Instructor and a Student Services Advisor. International students may complete curricular practical training (CPT) through this class provided they first obtain CPT authorization from the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) before beginning the internship.