The goal of the prerequisite phase is to give students the background necessary for starting the graduate program. These prerequisite phase requirements can be fulfilled in one of three ways:
- The student takes the course and earns a grade of B- or higher
- The student takes a Graduate Assessment Exam (GAE) to test out of the course
- The faculty advisor waives the course because of equivalent academic background or work experience.
All students are blocked from enrolling in Graduate Phase courses prior to completing their prerequisites. Students must submit an online Change of Status request (through myCDM) when the Prerequisite Phase is completed to inform the Student Services offices that the block can be removed.
|OR CSC 261 |
|OR Any more advanced Programming course |
|OR CSC 373 |
By taking these courses and receiving a grade of B- or better in each, the student will have completed the requirements of the Foundation Phase. If a student receives a grade below B- but better than or equal to C- for a Foundation Phase course, the student is given an option to take a course-specific core competency exam to pass the failed course. If the student fails the exam, the student must retake the failed course. The student can take an exam only once for each failed course. There is no other core examination in the Foundation Phase.
Students in the Foundation Phase may register for a maximum of four Advanced Phase courses.
Students must complete 3
TDC courses from the range TDC 430 to TDC 599. A minimum of 2
courses must be 500-level.
CDM Open Electives
Students must complete 2
CDM open electives. Elective courses are in the range of 420-699 (excluding
TDC 425) and must be from the College of CDM. Elective courses must not have been otherwise used to satisfy degree requirements. Credit for courses taken outside of the school will only be given if approved by a faculty advisor. Any course required for the student’s concentration but taken as part of the requirements of another degree earned by the student may be waived, but cannot be used for elective credit.