The Computer Science program at Syracuse University has two special characteristics: flexibility in its program structure and emphasis on mathematical content. A candidate for MSCS degree is required to take 10 graduate level courses (30 credits), including four required (core) courses. These four core courses are:
CIS 623 Structured Programming and Formal Methods
CIS 655 Computer Architecture
CIS 657 Principles of Operating Systems
CIS 675 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
The remaining six courses are chosen by the candidate from a wide range of graduate level courses in computer science and computer engineering offered each semester to form a coherent program of study. Students found to be deficient in particular, in discrete mathematics (logic) are required to take a remedial course in their first semester of study. MSCS program places special emphasis on the core courses and thus requires that:
In each of the core courses the student must achieve a grade of B- or better.
In each of the core courses a student is assigned an additional grade based solely on his/her performance in the final comprehensive examination of the course. Candidate is required to achieve an average grade of B or better in these four final exam grades.
In addition, the conditions for successful completion of MSCS degree are:
No more than two courses with grades B- or below may be included in the program of study.
At most two courses at 500 level may be included in the program of study.
The program of study of ten courses must be ‘coherent’, i.e., graduate courses taken outside of computer science area must meet relevancy criterion.
Within this program, the student may elect to prepare and defend a master’s thesis, in accord with the rules of the Graduate School, for up to six of the required 30 credits.