MS in Computer Science

Course Legend

Curriculum 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 based on faculty review:

  • The student has the appropriate course work to satisfy an Introductory Course based on an official transcript review by faculty and successful grades, typically B or better.
  • The student has appropriate and verified professional experience to satisfy an Introductory Course which is demonstrated through successful completion of a GAE exam.
  • If a Graduate Assessment Examination (GAE) is available for the Introductory Courses, upon successfully completion of a GAE, a waiver will be issued.
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 32 credit hours from elective courses as follows:

  • 16 credit hours from courses from one area
  • 16 additional credit hours from courses from any area. Including the option to take the SE Studio capstone 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

CSC 436
CSC 438
CSC 439
CSC 443
CSC 448
CSC 461
CSC 562
CSC 463
CSC 464
CSC 471
CSC 472
CSE 475
CSC 491
CSC 492
CSC 534
CSC 536
CSC 540
CSC 548
CSC 549
CSC 551
CSC 552
CSC 553
CSC 588
CSC 595
CSEC 450
CSEC 488
CSEC 489
GAM 690
GAM 691
SE 441
SE 452
SE 459
SE 525
SE 526
SE 554
SE 560
SE 491 (Capstone)
SE 591 (Capstone)
NET 478
NET 484
NET 568
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
DSC 423
DSC 424
DSC 425
DSC 433
DSC 465
CSC 468
DSC 478
CSC 481
CSC 482
DSC 480
DSC 540
CSC 555
CSC 575
CSC 578
CSC 594
CSC 598
DSC 672
DSC 484
DSC 441
DSC 433
CSC 452
CSC 454
DSC 478
DSC 540
CSC 543
CSC 549
CSC 551
CSC 553
CSC 554
CSC 555
CSC 575
CSC 589
CSC 457
CSC 458
DSC 478
CSC 480
CSC 481
CSC 482
DSC 480
CSC 528
DSC 540
CSC 538
CSC 575
CSC 576
CSC 577
CSC 578
CSC 583
CSC 587
CSC 592
CSC 594
DSC 484
GEO 441
GEO 442
DSC 441
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 485
SE 491
SE 525
SE 526
SE 529
SE 533
SE 546
SE 549
SE 554
SE 556
SE 560
SE 576
SE 579
SE 581
SE 582
SE 585
CSC 461
CSC 486
CSC 562
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
CSC 436
CSC 438
DSC 465
CSC 471
CSC 472
CSC 491
CSC 492
HCI 440
HCI 430
HCI 457

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 is working on a research project and has made an original contribution to their area of study may choose to complete a Master's Thesis. Additional information and requirements for School of Computing students pursuing the thesis option can be found on the SoC Master's Thesis Guideline page.
  • 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 International Student and Scholar Services (ISS) before beginning the internship.



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.