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Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences

The College of Charleston and The Citadel offer a joint graduate program leading to a master of science in computer and information sciences. The program is designed to serve a growing professional work force in computer science, information technology and software engineering in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

The 33-credit-hour program offers three areas of specialization: computer science, information systems and software engineering.

Courses are taught in the evenings or late afternoons, accommodating the schedules of most professional students. Courses are offered on both campuses, usually on alternating days, permitting full-time students to schedule up to four courses (12 credit hours) in a semester.

Program Specialization Areas

Choose from three different specialization areas:

Computer Science

Providing a traditional master's degree program that offers a balance between theory and application, the Computers Science specialization prepares students to pursue further coursework that leads to a Ph.D. and preparation for work in software development roles that include elements of architecture and design.

Information Systems

With an emphasis on analyzing business problems that lend themselves to software solution, the Information Systems specialization prepares students for positions that involve analysis, design, and management of information processing systems.

Software Engineering

 Using methodologies for designing and testing medium- and large scale- software systems, the Software Engineering specialization prepares students for software engineering positions that require proficiency in specific areas of the software-development lifecycle: requirements gathering/definition, software quality assurance, and software testing and maintenance.

Admissions Requirements

  • Transcripts
  • GRE required
    • Verbal & quantitative - 300 or higher
    • Analytical writing sample - 4.0 or higher
  • TOEFL (if primary language is not English)
  • Coursework or acceptable work experience in computer science and mathematics. Must have an understanding of the following four core competencies:
    • Basic computer architecture (pdf)
    • Object-oriented programming (pdf)
    • Discrete mathematics (pdf)
    • Data structures (pdf)

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: April 1

Program Duration

The MS CSIS degree program requires 33 credit hours.
Full time: 1 1/2 to 2 years
Part time: 2 1/2 to 3 years

For further information

Renée McCauley, Ph.D.
Program Director
843.953.3187
mccauley@cs.cofc.edu