Baylor’s Master of Science in Computer Science (M.S.C.S.) is designed to provide students with greater skills in software systems. This degree program offers students hands-on training in software systems development, including working closely with faculty members on a thesis or project.
Applicants should have a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in computer science or a closely related field. We do expect successful applicants to have the equivalent training of a B.S. degree in computer science from Baylor University. In particular, that means knowledge of fundamental theory (math, algorithms, data structures), computer systems (operating systems, network, databases), software engineering, as well as programming.
For those applying with less than the standard preparation, the quality and adequacy of the admissions record will be evaluated by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Computer Science after reviewing the application for admission. Requirements which must be met before admission will be determined by that committee. These requirements will be in addition to requirements for the M.S. degree.
Baylor’s M.S.C.S. is a 36 semester-hour graduate program comprising 30 hours of graduate course work and 6 hours of research either as a thesis option or as a project option. Prospective students are invited to review the research project areas where our faculty and students are active.
Most students finish their master’s program within 2 years. Qualified master’s applicants with prior research experience can be considered for tuition support, subsidized health insurance, and a multi-year stipend assistantship by working as teaching assistants, research assistants, or developers for the International Collegiate Programming Contest (https://icpc.baylor.edu/), which can involve travel with the contest.
Baylor’s Computer Science Graduate Program is a small, focused, and practical program where graduate students get the time, attention, resources, support, and opportunities to launch themselves as computer science professionals.
If you have any further questions regarding the M.S.C.S program at Baylor, please contact our Graduate Program Director: Dr. Eunjee Song