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Rensselaer Catalog 2016-2017 
Rensselaer Catalog 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog]

Computer Science M.S.

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In addition to meeting the degree requirements of the Office of Graduate Education, a candidate must plan a degree program and complete the Plan of Study form in consultation with a faculty adviser. The M.S. degree requires 30 credits and must include:

  • At least 18 credits at the 6000 level.
  • No more than six independent study credits.
  • At least two theory courses, one of which must be CSCI 6210 Design and Analysis of Algorithms.
  • At least two systems courses, one of which must be CSCI 6140 Computer Operating Systems. Students who have not had an operating systems course prior to joining the program may replace CSCI 6140 with CSCI 4210 with the permission of their adviser.
  • Either 3-4 credits of a master’s project (CSCI 6970 or CSCI 6980) or 6-9 credits of a master’s thesis (CSCI 6990). Students completing a thesis must do an oral presentation, while students completing a project must present a poster at a departmental poster session.
  • Regular attendance at department colloquia.

Outcomes of the Graduate Curriculum
Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • demonstrate a solid understanding of computer systems, algorithms and theory, and the application of computer science.
  • successfully plan, design, and conduct independent, publishable-quality research or an extensive independent project.
  • clearly articulate the results of their independent work in computer science in both oral and written form.

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