CEIT

Prospective MSCS Students

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the 25 Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs, Georgia Southern’s master’s in computer science program welcomes you to explore. Discover the admissions requirements for the category that fits your previous experience.

Admission Requirements

U.S. Candidates: (Choose Option A or Option B)

Option A

  1. Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or in a related field (Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering, etc.) from an accredited program.
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or its equivalent.
  3. Submit a general GRE score.

Option B

  1. Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or in a related field (Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering, etc.).
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.4/4.0 or its equivalent.
  3. Have at least two years of relevant professional experience (employment) in computing.
  4. Submit a general GRE score.

International Candidates:

  1. Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or in a related field (for example, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering, etc.)
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or its equivalent.
  3. Submit a general GRE score.
  4. Submit a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (internet-based) The TOEFL will be waived for international applicants who have graduated from a U.S. College or University.

Provisional Admission

Applicants who meet most (but not all) of the Regular admission requirements may be admitted on a Provisional basis. Applicants granted Provisional admission must earn grades of “B” or higher in the courses taken under the Provisional admission status. Any other conditions of Provisional admission will be stated in the admission letter. Applicants with such admission status may take graduate-level courses counting toward the M.S. degree requirements. It is every student’s responsibility to satisfy his or her conditions of admission as soon as possible after acceptance. Prerequisites for provisionally admitted students with a programming background in Java consist of making a grade of “B” or better in online versions of the following undergraduate courses:

  • CSCI 3230 – Data Structures
  • CSCI 3232 – Systems Software

Provisional Admission for Students with no Programming Background

Applicants who do not have any programming background may qualify for provisional admission by completing with grades of “B” or better in the following online courses:

  • CSCI 1301 – Programming Principles I
  • CSCI 3230 – Data Structures
  • CSCI 3232 – Systems Software

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS: Students are required to attend a mandatory orientation session in Atlanta.

TRANSFER POLICIES: A maximum of nine hours can be transferred into the program. Hours that are allowed to be transferred into the program are dependent upon the approval of the academic advisor.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:Click HERE for application deadline information.

SPECIAL PROGRAM PREREQUISITES: Prerequisites for provisionally admitted students consist of online versions of the following undergraduate courses. A “B” or better must be earned in both.

  • CSCI 3230 Data Structure (3)
  • CSCI 3232 Systems Software (3)

Curriculum

Core Courses: 9 credit hours
Concentration Areas: 9 credit hours
Project Option/Thesis Option: 12 credit hours

The program consists of 30- hours of course work and takes five semesters to complete. Students take nine hours of core courses in computer science designed to build a base of fundamental knowledge and nine hours in the concentration areas of database and knowledge systems to supplement the skills and abilities learned through the core. For the remaining 12 hours, students can choose between completing a research project and presenting a thesis.

The Project Option involves creating, writing and presenting a computer program (three hours of coursework) with nine hours of elective courses while the Thesis Option requires writing and presenting a thesis (six hours of course work) with six hours of elective courses.

Students are required to visit campus at the completion of the program to take comprehensive exams and to present their project or thesis to a panel of professors.


Sample Program of Study

We want you to enjoy our program and be successful in it from the very beginning to the day you graduate with your master’s degree. To help ensure your success and to help you stay on track in the program, we use a team-based approach to online learning. Before beginning the program, you will attend an orientation session where you will meet your professors and fellow students. You will be placed on a small team comprised of four to five students and you and your teammates will work together throughout the five semesters. Below is a sample table of classes to show you how you will move through the program.

Semester I
  • CSCI 7130 Artificial Intelligence – Theory and Application
  • CSCI 7132 Database Systems – Theory and Application
Semester II
  • CSCI 7136 Distributed Web Systems Design – Theory and Application
  • CSCI 7000 Elective
Semester III
  • CSCI 7435 Data Warehousing
  • CSCI 7000 Elective
Semester IV PROJECT OPTION

  • CSCI 7434 Data Mining
  • CSCI 7000 Elective

OR THESIS OPTION

  • CSCI 7434 Data Mining
  • CSCI 7999 – Thesis
Semester V PROJECT OPTION

  • CSCI 7431 Distributed Database Systems
  • CSCI 7899 Research Project

OR THESIS OPTION

  • CSCI 7431 Distributed Database Systems
  • CSCI 7999 Thesis
On-site comprehensive exams with thesis defense or project presentation.

Program Cost

Total Cost: 30 credit hours @ $400/credit hour: $12,000
Orientation Fee: To be determined
Online modules (for provisional admission): $400/credit hour

For more details, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Programs, Dr. Frank Goforth at fgoforth@georgiasouthern.edu

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