2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Nov 13, 2019  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Computer Science Major, MS


The Tickle College of Engineering offers a Master of Science in Computer Science to qualified applicants. Candidates for the MS program are expected to possess a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or related field.

Concentrations (Optional) and Options Available

Computational Imaging — Thesis, Project, Course Only without Comprehensive Exams

Computer Vision — Thesis, Project, Course Only without Comprehensive Exams

Human-Computer Interaction — Thesis, Project, Course Only without Comprehensive Exams

Cybersecurity — Thesis, Project, Course Only without Comprehensive Exams

Cyberinfrastructure — Thesis, Project, Course Only without Comprehensive Exams

Data Analytics — Thesis, Project, Course Only without Comprehensive Exams

Data Mining — Thesis, Project, Course Only without Comprehensive Exams

Data Visualization — Thesis, Project, Course Only without Comprehensive Exams

High Performance Computing — Thesis, Project, Course Only without Comprehensive Exams

Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning — Thesis, Project, Course Only without Comprehensive Exams

Life Science Applications — Thesis, Project, Course Only without Comprehensive Exams

Computer Networks — Thesis, Project, Course Only without Comprehensive Exams

Compilers — Thesis, Project, Course Only without Comprehensive Exams

Software Engineering — Thesis, Project, Course Only without Comprehensive Exams

Software Systems — Thesis, Project, Course Only without Comprehensive Exams

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus

Admissions Standards/Procedure

  • Applicants for admission to the MS program for computer science are expected to have completed a bachelor’s degree with an average of at least 3.00 out of 4.00, both overall and in the senior year.
    • Two semesters of calculus plus two additional semesters of college mathematics (e.g. linear algebra, differential equations, probability) and a course in formal languages, as well as in systems programming, are required for admission.
    • Applicants are required to submit scores from the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the past three years and to have these scores sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
    • A TOEFL score of 550 on the written exam or 80 on the Internet-based Test is required for non-native speakers of English, including those who have earned degrees at U.S. institutions.
      • The score must be no more than two years old from the requested date of entry.
      • Applicants who have received a degree from an accredited U.S. institution within the past two years are exempt from the TOEFL requirement.
  • Applicants who hold the bachelor’s degree in fields other than computer science will be required to take selected undergraduate courses as determined by the applicant’s prior education and experience.
    • The student will be admitted under non-degree status until the required undergraduate courses are successfully completed with a 3.00 average.
    • An international student may not enroll as a non-degree student.

Academic Standards

  • All students must file a Master’s Program Plan with the departmental graduate committee specifying
    • which option they have selected,
    • a semester-by-semester schedule of the courses they intend to take, and
    • the members of the student’s master’s committee
  • Students may change between options one time by filing an amended Master’s Program Plan and with approval of the departmental graduate committee.

Credit Hours Required

30 graduate credit hours

Required Courses

  • Option Specific Courses:
    • Thesis Option: COSC 500  (6 credit hours)
    • Project Option: COSC 501  (3 credit hours), a minimum grade of B. This course will be administered by the student’s master’s committee.
  • 24 (thesis option) or 27 (project option) or 30 (course only without comprehensive exam) credit hours of graduate course work.
    • Complete COSC 530 , COSC 560 , and either COSC 580  or COSC 581  
    • At least two-thirds of the total credit hours must be at the 500-level or above.
    • A maximum of 6 credit hours of courses outside the department chosen in consultation with major advisor and/or committee may be applied toward the degree.

Non-Course Requirements

  • In consultation with their advisor, students may select one of the following concentrations. Concentrations reflect research focus area and do not include specific course requirements:
    • Computational Imaging
    • Computer Vision
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Cybersecurity
    • Cyberinfrastructure
    • Data Analytics
    • Data Mining
    • Data Visualization
    • High Performance Computing
    • Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning
    • Life Science Applications
    • Computer Networks
    • Compilers
    • Software Engineering
    • Software Systems
  • Thesis Option: A final oral exam covering the thesis research.
  • Project Option: A written final report or oral presentation may be required as determined by the advisor.

 

Five-Year BS-MS Program Computer Science Major, MS

The department offers a 5 year BS-MS program for qualified students. The primary component of the program is that qualified students may take up to 6 credit hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UT. This program is designed for students attending UT for their Master of Science degree because other universities may not accept these courses for graduate credit since they were used to satisfy requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree.

Significant components of the program are:

  • Students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.40 to be admitted to the program. Conditional admission may be granted after completing 64 credit hours of required course work while full admission is granted after completing 96 credit hours of required course work with a minimum overall GPA of 3.40 in required course work.
  • Students must at least have conditional admission before taking graduate courses for both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. All courses taken for graduate credit must be approved by the departmental chair of the program. Students admitted to the program must request permission from the Graduate School to take approved courses for graduate credit.
  • Students admitted to the program must also follow the normal procedure for admission to the Graduate School.
  • Admission of students into this program must be approved by the department and the Graduate School.
  • Students will not be eligible for graduate assistantships until they are enrolled as graduate-level students in the Graduate School.