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MS Program of Study (POS) Requirements

MS Degree Requirements

  • For students joining the department in Fall semester, they will need to submit a Program of Study by April 1st of their second semester. For students joining the department in Spring semester, they will need to submit a Program of Study by November 1st of their second semester. Instructions on completing this can be found here.
  • At most, 15 credits of 5000 level for Plan B or C. At most, 12 credits of 5000 level for Plan A.
  • Meet Placement Requirements
  • Must take at least four CS Courses that are 6000 or above (does not include CS 6900, CS 6250 or CS 6970).
  • CS 6900 Passed in First Semester of First Year.
  • One credit of CS 6900 is allowed on the Program of Study (POS).
  • CS 6990 cannot be allowed on the POS.
  • IELI 7920 cannot be included on the POS.
  • Classes below 5000 CANNOT be counted on Program of Study.
  • CS 5950 or CS 6950 or CS 7950 can be taken only with advisor's prior permission and only for three credits at a time. In the MS program, CS 6950 or CS 7950 can count as one of the (4) 6000-level courses and the maximum total number of credits allowed for CS 5950 plus CS 6950 plus CS 7950 is three. In the MCS program, the maximum total number of credits allowed for CS 5950 plus CS 6950 plus CS 7950 is three (with previous MS) or six (without previous MS).
  • CS 6250 can be taken only with advisor's prior permission and for 1-3 credits at a time. A maximum of three credits will be allowed on your Program of Study.
  • For Plan A or Plan B students, a maximum of 6 credits will be allowed from outside the Computer Science Department. Any outside credits must be approved by your committee.
  • For Plan C students, a maximum of 6 credits will be allowed from outside the Computer Science Department. Any outside credits must be from
    • ECE
    • Math
    • Statistics
    • PSC 6900: Bioinformatics and -omics Bigdata Mining
    • Soc 6150: Social Statistics
    • MIS 6230 Management of Database Systems
    • or an approved Finance course (e.g., FIN 6320, Computational Methods in Finance, and FIN 5350, Financial Modeling).
  • No classes outside of CS will count towards the 4 CS 6000 or above level classes that are required for MS students in CS.
  • Independent Studies courses taken outside the Computer Science Department will not be approved.
  • Plan A is 30 credits total (Thesis Option). Must include six credits of CS 6970. Must take USU 6900 if supported on an RA position.
  • Plan B is 34 credits total (Report Option). Must include two or three credits of CS 6970.
  • Plan C is 37 credits total (Coursework Option). Cannot include any credits of CS 6970.

GPA Policy Before Fall 2020

For students who began their CS graduate program before Fall 2020, the department's GPA and grade requirements are:

  • No more than two courses used to satisfy these requirements can have grades below B-.
  • No courses used to satisfy these requirements can have grades below C.
  • Students must maintain a 3.00 GPA on all courses they take as a graduate student on all courses numbered 5000 or above.
  • Students must maintain a 3.00 GPA on all courses shown on his or her Program of Study Form.
  • Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA on all courses taken as a matriculated graduate student.
  • Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA all CS courses numbered 5000 or above.

GPA Policy Beginning Fall 2020

For students who begin their CS graduate program in Fall 2020 semester or after, the department's GPA and grade requirements are:

  • Graduate students are required to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA for degree-program courses. 
  • Grades of C or lower will not be accepted for a graduate degree.

Graduate students will be required to satisfy the departmental placement requirements. The rules governing placement are explained more fully in the departmental memorandum on placement.

Requirements may change from time to time, so students are advised to check with the department or their advisor to determine whether the requirements at the time of graduation or in the first semester of registration as a graduate student will have effect.


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(updated 5/22/2020)