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Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences

The mission of the graduate program in Computer and Information Sciences is to provide excellence in instruction, innovation in research and scholarship, and to serve a growing professional workforce in computer science, cybersecurity, information systems, and software engineering in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The goals of the graduate program in Computer and Information Sciences are:

  • Preparing the next generation of scholars and professionals capable of conducting basic research and extending the current knowledge base in the discipline

  • Discovering and disseminating new knowledge in the field of computer science through research and scholarship

  • Preparing innovators who can communicate their ideas and who understand their responsibilities as computer and information science professionals in a global society

The graduate program complements and strengthens the undergraduate program in Computer Science by providing advanced coursework in Computer Science and by encouraging creative thinking in research and scholarship.

Admission Requirements:

  • Completion of the online graduate application along with the non-refundable application fee.

  • Submission of an official transcript of the baccalaureate degree and all other undergraduate or graduate work directly from each regionally accredited college or university. Students admitted to the program are normally expected to have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0. With the approval of the joint program admissions committee, students whose grade point average is less than 3.0 may be permitted to take up to 6 credit hours of courses in a non-degree-seeking status and then re-apply for admission after successful completion of these courses.

  • Submission of an official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test score. Test must be taken within five years of application.

    • Acceptable GRE minimum score is a verbal and quantitative combination of 300 and 4.0 on the writing assessment. 

  • Prospective students must be able to demonstrate program competency through coursework, approved work experience, or a program-administered exam, in the areas of basic Computer Architecture, Object-oriented Programming, Discrete Mathematics, and Data Structures.

All admission materials should be submitted to The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, South Carolina.

International Applicants:

  • International applicants must meet all requirements above and TOEFL Requirement
  • TOEFL Requirement: Prospective students whose native language of citizenship is not English will be required to additionally submit TOEFL scores. The minimum acceptable scores are 550 paper-based, 79-80 internet-based, or 213 computer-based.
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • International Application

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: March 1, Priority; July 1, Final
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: March 1

Catalog and Course Information: Computer and Information Sciences, M.S.

The Master of Science in Computer Science degree is conferred upon those candidates who successfully complete an approved program of study consisting of a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate credit (of which no more than nine may be transfer credit) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

For additional information: refer to the Course Catalog or email gradcs@cofc.edu

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