Computer Science & Information Technology
Accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org
111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012
Telephone: (410) 347-7700
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
Ray R. Hashemi, Graduate Coordinator
I. Admission Standards
The main objectives of the computer and information science program are to provide a solid foundation in computer and information science so that graduates will have the fundamentals necessary to evolve with the discipline and to provide innovative graduate course work in core computer science and information science areas.
For admission to the MSCIS program, the applicant must hold a Bachelor’s of Science degree in a science, mathematics, engineering, or related field of study, and must complete an application for admission to The Office of Graduate Studies at Armstrong. A complete application comprises a Letter of Intent, two official undergraduate transcripts, official GRE scores, and three recommendation letters. The University also requires a certificate of immunization for admission. There are two categories of admission to the MSCIS program: regular admission and provisional admission.
A. Regular Admission
Regular admission requires all of the following conditions to be met:
1. Bachelor of Science in a science, mathematics, or engineering discipline or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field. In addition, the applicant must have completed undergraduate course work equivalent to the following:
• CSCI 1301 (Introduction to Programming Principles).
2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.7.
3. GRE verbal of 156 or higher, GRE quantitative of 144 or higher, and GRE analytical writing of 4.0 or higher. See note under Admissions Examinations on page 13 about using revised GRE scores after August 1, 2011.
B. Provisional Admission
Provisional admission requires that all of the following conditions be met:
1. A Bachelor of Science degree in a science, mathematics, or engineering discipline or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.4.
3. GRE verbal greater than 146, GRE quantitative greater than 141, and GRE analytical writing of 3.0 or higher. See note under Admissions Examinations on page 13 about using revised GRE scores after August 1, 2011.
Students who are admitted provisionally are required to meet with the graduate coordinator to determine the appropriate course of study. Students are expected to pass CSCI 1301: Introduction to Programming Principles, or an equivalent course, with a grade of B or better to obtain regular admission.
Standards of Progression and Graduation
A. A program of study must be maintained for each student. The program of study (signed by the student, advisor, and graduate coordinator) must be forwarded to Graduate Studies accompanying the student’s application for graduation. Students are required to complete thirty hours of study. At least fifteen of these hours are from advanced graduate courses. The Master’s Project CSCI 8200, or Thesis CSCI 8210, required of all students, serves as a capstone course. Students must complete at least eighteen hours of graduate study before enrolling in CSCI 8200 or CSCI 8210. Students must achieve a grade of C or higher to receive credit for a class and must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the program.
B. If any change in the approved program of study is required, an amended program of study, signed by the student and the advisor, must be submitted to Graduate Studies.
C. Students are encouraged to apply for graduation two semesters before the anticipated date of graduation. Note: A copy of the official program of study must accompany the candidate’s application.