Summary
The M.S. in Computer Science has three options: thesis, practicum, and coursework only. All three options require five core courses totaling 12 SCH (semester credit hours): three at 3 SCH, one at 2 SCH, and one at 1 SCH. The thesis option (30 SCH total required) also requires 6 SCH of Research and Thesis and 12 SCH of approved electives (at least half of which must be CSC courses). It also requires a thesis defense. The practicum option (36 SCH total) also requires 3 SCH of Practicum and 21 SCH of approved electives (at least half of which must be CSC courses). It also requires submission of a practicum. The coursework only option (36 SCH total) also requires 24 SCH of approved electives (at least half of which must be CSC courses). See below for more details.
Requirements
Applicants to the M.S. in Computer Science are required to have taken the GRE and earned a 300 or greater on the combined verbal/quantitative sections (excluding the written portion). ELS students will generally not have taken the GRE and will be accepted conditionally. Upon completion of the ELS requirements, ELS students must take the GRE and earn a 300 or greater on the combined verbal/quantitative sections (excluding the written portion). To be admitted to the MS CS, students must typically have a BS in CS or closely related field and have earned a 3.0 cumulative GPA or greater on CS and related courses.
Required Core Courses 
Recently Offered CSC Elective Courses 

CSC 520 Advanced Analysis of Algorithms and Complexity 
CSC 450 Computer Networks
CSC 470 Computer Graphics
CSC 475 Artificial Intelligence

CSC 543 Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime
CSC 552 Distributed and Cloud Computing
CSC 554 Advanced Networking
CSC 579 Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
CSC 580 Advanced Data Mining, Fusion and Applications


Recommended MS CS Electives


Mathematics MATH 407 Partial Differential Equations 
Statistics STAT 405 Statistical Methods 
Other ELEN 567 Wireless Sensor Networks 
Accreditation 
Financial Assistance 

The MS in Computer Science program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), through Louisiana Tech University. Louisiana Tech has been an accredited member of SACS since 1927.  Preference for assistantship is given to students pursuing the thesis option. If a student has been given an assistantship on admission, such an assistantship may not be extended if the student has not had his/her thesis plan approved by a graduate advisor within three terms. During any term for which a student receives an assistantship, that student cannot exceed a six credithour course load without advisor approval. 