The computer science program offers in-depth study and research in systems, theory, algorithms, and applied aspects of computer science. Completion of the master’s degree will prepare a student for employment in government and industry and for doctoral programs in computer science.
The program expects students to do the following, by the time of graduation:
1. Demonstrate and apply advanced knowledge in algorithm design and analysis
2. Demonstrate and apply advanced knowledge in computer architecture
3. Analyze requirements, design software that satisfies those requirements, and implement that software using effective software engineering principles.
4. Demonstrate focused knowledge of computing methodologies in areas of specialization in computer science (relates to elective courses).
Students entering the master’s program in computer science will be expected to have a background equivalent to the bachelor’s program in computer science at Louisiana Tech. Any core computer science courses in the BS program at Tech will be considered deficiency courses for master’s students if they have not taken equivalent courses in their bachelor’s programs. A student may challenge a deficiency course by successfully completing a comprehensive examination and, as appropriate, programming projects. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available.
A minimum of 36 SCH of graduate course work will be required, of which a maximum of 3 hours will be earned in Practicum. In this track, a maximum of 3 hours will be earned by taking the Practicum course and satisfying the requirements. The practicum shall involve an advanced topic approved by the student’s advisory committee. Also, a minimum of 18 out of the 36 hours must be earned in courses open only to graduate students.
|The student will be required to complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours (SCH) for graduate credit, of which a maximum of 6 hours will be earned in Research and Thesis. A minimum of 21 hours out of the 30 must be earned in courses open only to graduate students.|
|The exercise of these options and the choice of courses will be proposed as a Plan of Study by the student and his/her Advisory Committee subject to review and approval (in order) by the major program chair, the Director of Graduate Studies, the Dean of the College of Engineering and Science, and the Dean of the Graduate School. The transfer of graduate credit from another graduate institution, graduate credit by examination, graduate credit as a graduating senior, or credit earned other than as a regularly enrolled graduate student in the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech must meet all University standards and is also subject to approval as part of the Plan of Study. Courses taken for graduate credit while the student is registered in the non-degree category will not be applied to a degree program without approval by the student’s Advisory Committee and the Director of Graduate Studies.|