Howard CS Graduate Programs

Graduate Study in Computer Science

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) offers three graduate degree programs in Computer Science and a certificate program in cybersecurity: a traditional Master of Science in Computer Science, one-year accelerated Master of Science in Computer Science, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Computer Science, and a Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate.

Graduate Degree Requirements

All graduate students must take the following courses or their equivalent: CSCI 510, CSCI 551, CSCI 570, CSCI 572and CSCI 680          

A detailed description of the graduate degree programs are as follows.

1.    Master of Science in Computer Science Programs

1.1 Regular Master of Science in Computer Science

The Master of Science in Computer Science involves (i) 24 credit hours of course work and 6 credit hours for the thesis work (for MS in Computer Science with Thesis Option) or (ii) 33 credit hours of course work and successful completion of comprehensive examinations in at least two graduate courses taken in the student's area of concentration (for MS in Computer Science with Non-Thesis Option). The Master of Computer Science program equips students with a comprehensive knowledge of contemporary computer science through training that combines both theory and practice. The program provides intensive preparation in the concepts and techniques related to the design, programming, and application of computing systems. The program requires the student to take a broad spectrum of courses, while simultaneously allowing for emphasis in desired areas of specialization. The Computer Science Program offers the following computer science specializations. These course work must include the courses listed below or their equivalent.

  • CSCI 572        Computability & Complexity (3 credits)
  • CSCI 570        Advanced Algorithms (3 credits)
  • CSCI 551        Adv Software Engineering (3 credits)
  • CSCI 510        Computer Architecture (3 credits)
  • CSCI 680        Advanced Operating System (3 credits)

The remaining courses must be selected from the elective options of the various areas of specialization*

1.2 Accelerated Master of Computer Science

The Computer Science Program offers a one-year accelerated Master of Computer Science degree program that is only open to exceptional students in our undergraduate degree program with at least a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. In addition, these students must be involved in undergraduate research. Exceptions apply to those students who have completed several Internships or co-ops. These students must apply in the fall semester of their Junior year, and if admitted, will be expected to enter the graduate program in the beginning of the Summer after their Senior year. After completion of summer courses, students will follow the one-year curriculum from the traditional Master of Science program. Students must fulfil all the requirements for credit hours and required course work.

2. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree (i)  must complete a minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate (BS) degree, of which a minimum of 60 credit hours must be spent in course work and 12 credit hours in dissertation work or (ii)  must complete a minimum of 48 credit hours beyond the master’s degree, of which a minimum of 36 credit hours must be spent in course work and 12 credit hours in dissertation work. The 60 credit hours must include the following courses or their equivalent:

  • CSCI 572        Computability & Complexity (3 credits)
  • CSCI 570        Advanced Algorithms (3 credits)
  • CSCI 551        Adv Software Engineering (3 credits)
  • CSCI 510        Computer Architecture (3 credits)
  • CSCI 680        Advanced Operating System (3 credits)

The remaining credit hours are to be selected from the elective options for the various areas of specialization, in consultation with the student’s advisor and in accordance with individual needs and interests.

Candidates must receive a passing grade on a comprehensive examination and also demonstrate communication skills in English via Expository Writing.

Students with no previous graduate work experience may be required to complete the academic requirements for the master’s program during the first 30 credit hours in the PhD program.

The Computer Science Program offers the specializations in Software Engineering, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Networks, Computing Systems, Computational Science and Computer Science Education.

Qualifying Examination

Each doctoral candidate must pass a written and oral qualifying or comprehensive examination, administered and supervised by the department.

*Elective Options and Specialization

The Computer Science Program offers the specializations in Software Engineering, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Networks, Computing Systems, Computational Science and Computer Science Education. For specialization in computer science in different areas, elective options include the following courses, upon approval of one’s advisor:

  • CSCI 552        Advanced Software Engineering II
  • CSCI 653        Cybersecurity I
  • CSCI 654        Cybersecurity II
  • CSCI 659        Capstone in Security
  • EECE 676       Cybersecurity for Net CPS/IoT
  • CSCI 676        Cybersecurity for Net CPS/IoT
  • CSCI 660        Artificial Intelligence
  • CSCI 675        Intro to Machine Learning
  • CSCI 548        Data Communications
  • ECE 487         Telecommunications
  • CSCI 634        Advanced Modeling and Simulation
  • CSCI 632        Advanced Database Systems
  • CSCI 532        Advanced Operations Research
  • CSCI 652        Special Topics
3. Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate Program

Cybersecurity has become an increasingly important area of study within the discipline of computer science, especially in view of the increased demands for national and international security. The Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity is designed to provide existing graduate students with a significantly enhanced tool for marketability in the computer security industry.

The interdisciplinary program is comprised of the curriculum in the Computer Science Program. Courses can be used towards the master’s or PhD degree program in computer science to provide a continuous path for the student towards a graduate degree. The Certificate program requires fifteen (15) credits, including a year-long course in Cybersecurity, two additional technical courses, and a capstone project course.

Fifteen credit hours are as follows

  • Four core courses (3 credits each):
    • CSCI 653 - Cybersecurity I
    • CSCI 654 - Cybersecurity II
    • EECE/CSCI 676 - Cybersecurity for Net CPS/IoT
    • CSCI 659 – Capstone in Cybersecurity
  • One elective course (3 credits):
    • Special Topics in Cybersecurity
    • Database Systems & Security
    • Wireless Network & Security
    • Advanced Operating Systems & Security

Requirements:

  • Demonstration of the same level of achievement as degree seeking students
  • Maintenance of at least a B grade in each course




 

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