Maureen Doyle, Ph.D., Interim Department Chair
Wei Hao, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
The purpose of the Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) program is to educate professionals to bring a high level of creativity, skill, knowledge, and judgment to bear on the increasingly dynamic and exciting challenges in the computer science profession. The curriculum is a combination of:
- Studies of the enduring principles of computer science
- Critical examination of the ideas behind new trends in software technology and software engineering
- Programming experience covering modern software engineering practices
The MSCS program is aimed at those who wish to update and deepen their expertise in the craft and science of software engineering or who wish to study the current state of computer science at an advanced level. The program is designed for part-time students attending classes in the evening and on weekends.
Office of the MSCS Program
The MSCS program is administered by the Department of Computer Science, located in GH 400. For additional information visit mscs.nku.edu or contact Dr. Wei Hao, MSCS director, at (859) 572-5659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the requirements for graduate admission to NKU, the following are required for regular admission to the MSCS program:
- A bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited institution.
- An undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in computer science and mathematics courses.
- One year of calculus and a course in discrete mathematics.
Students are required to take the GRE unless they have a 3.0 GPA in computer science and mathematics courses and a bachelor’s degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field. Although scores make up only one factor in the admissions process, it is anticipated that successful applicants will have scores of at least the following:
- Verbal: 153
- Quantitative: 146
- Analytical Writing: 3.5
Comparable GMAT scores may also be acceptable. The GRE code for NKU is 1574. Although not required, applicants with professional experience are encouraged to submit their resume.
Admitted students who do not have an adequate computer science background will be required to complete CSC 500 (Object Oriented Programming) and/or CSC 501 (Data Structures and Computer Systems).
Provisional and Conditional Admission
A student who is unable to provide one of the required admissions documents prior to the start of classes, under certain restrictions, may be granted provisional admission by the MSCS Admissions Committee.
Applicants with a bachelor’s degree who have a GPA below 3.0 but above 2.6 may be admitted under conditional status. Applicants who do not have an adequate math background may also be admitted conditionally and will be required to complete MAT 129 (Calculus I) and/or MAT 229 (Calculus II) and/or MAT 385 (Discrete Math).
Students can apply online at http://apply.nku.edu. All transcripts, GRE score reports and optional resume should be sent to Northern Kentucky University, Office of Graduate Education, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099. Deadlines for receipt of materials are: August 1 for fall semester, December 1 for spring semester, and May 1 for summer session. All applicants with transcripts from outside the U.S. must have those transcripts evaluated course by course by an approved foreign education evaluation service. These must be submitted along with original or certified copies of the transcripts.
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