MS in Computer Science
Total units required for MS: 30
The Computer Science Department offers Master's Degree programs in Computer Science and Software Engineering, Certificates of Advanced Study for students enrolled in the Computer Science program, and a Master's Degree joint program in Computer Engineering.
The primary goal of each of these programs is to prepare students to serve as effective professional computer specialists in a society which increasingly depends on computer usage and technology.
A secondary goal is to prepare interested students for research, teaching, or further study toward the Ph.D. in Computer Science. The programs also enable individuals with background in other areas to obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to enter and advance in employment in computer-related industries.
Completion of the Master of Science in Computer Science requires advanced coursework in a minimum of three of the following areas: computer architecture/computer engineering, database management systems, information assurance and security, intelligent systems, networks and communications, software engineering, and systems software.
Teaching associateships are occasionally available for qualified graduate students; these students assist in instruction of undergraduate courses, supervision of laboratory work, and aid faculty members in research projects. Interested persons should apply in the Department office.
Due to the large number of graduate students in Computer Science who are employed, most graduate level courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening.
Admission as a classified graduate student requires:
- a baccalaureate degree;
- a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units attempted;
- GRE general test;
- mathematical preparation including two semesters of calculus and one semester of calculus-based probability and statistics corresponding to Sacramento State courses:
Course List Code Title Units MATH 30 Calculus I 4 MATH 31 Calculus II 4 STAT 50 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 4
- Computer Science lower-division preparation including programming proficiency, discrete structures, machine organization, and UNIX and PC-based program development environment proficiency corresponding to Sacramento State courses (see the following) and as evidenced by a pass on the graduate student placement test or a baccalaureate degree in Computer Science;
Course List Code Title Units CSC 15 Programming Concepts and Methodology I 3 CSC 20 Programming Concepts and Methodology II 3 CSC 28 Discrete Structures for Computer Science 3 CSC 35 Introduction to Computer Architecture 3 CSC 60 Introduction to Systems Programming in UNIX 3
- Computer Science advanced preparation as evidenced by a 3.25 GPA in the following Sacramento State upper division Computer Science courses or their equivalent elsewhere:
Course List Code Title Units CSC 130 Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis 3 CSC 131 Computer Software Engineering 3 CSC 132 Computing Theory 3 CSC 134 Database Management Systems 3 CSC 137 Computer Organization 3 CSC/CPE 138 Computer Networks and Internets 3 CSC 139 Operating System Principles 3
Applicants with deficiencies in the admission requirements area are advised to remove any such deficiencies before applying.
Applicants must complete a university application and a separate departmental application by the posted application deadline dates for the term applying. For more admissions information and application deadlines, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies website:
- an online application for admission;
- two sets of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, other than Sacramento State; and
- official GRE general test scores.
Minimum Units and Grade Requirement for the Degree
Units Required for the MS: 30
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0. No grade below "C" may count toward the degree.
Note: Only those courses completed within seven years prior to date of graduation will satisfy course requirements.
Advancement to Candidacy
Each student must file an application for Advancement to Candidacy, indicating a proposed program of graduate study. This procedure should begin as soon as the classified graduate student has:
- removed any deficiencies in admission requirements;
- completed at least 12 units of graduate level (200 series) Computer Science courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA; and
- taken the Writing Placement for Graduate Students (WPG) or taken a Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) course in their discipline within the first two semesters of coursework at California State University, Sacramento or secured approval for a WPG waiver.
Students must have been advanced to candidacy before they can register for Master's thesis or project. Advancement to Candidacy forms are available on the Office of Graduate Studies website. The student fills out the form after planning a degree program in consultation with a Computer Science graduate advisor. The completed form must be signed by the Graduate Coordinator or the Department Chair and is then returned to the Office of Graduate Studies for approval.
|Required Courses (13 Units)||13|
|CSC 201||Programming Language Principles||3|
|CSC 204||Data Models for Database Management Systems 1||3|
|CSC 205||Computer Systems Structure 1||3|
|CSC 206||Algorithms And Paradigms||3|
|CSC 209||Research Methodology||1|
|Breadth Requirement (9 Units)|
|Select one course from three of the following areas:||9|
|Computer Architecture/Computer Engineering|
|Microprocessor Systems Architecture|
|Computer-Aided Systems Design and Verification|
|Hierarchical Digital Design Methodology|
|Advanced Computer Architecture|
|Database Management Systems|
|Bioinformatics: Data Integration and Algorithms|
|Database System Design|
|Information Assurance and Security|
|Cryptography Theory and Practice|
|Networks and Communications|
|Advanced Data Communication Systems|
|Software System Engineering|
|Software Engineering Metrics|
|Software Requirements Analysis and Design|
|Advanced Software Engineering Project Management|
|Software Verification and Validation|
|Formal Methods in Secure Software Engineering|
|Human-Computer Interface Design|
|Advanced Operating Systems Principles and Design|
|Performance Modeling and Evaluation|
|Principles of Compiler Design|
|Restricted Electives (3-6 Units)|
|Select 3-6 units 2||3 - 6|
|Culminating Requirement (2-5 Units)|
|Select one of the following:||2 - 5|
|Master's Thesis 3|
|Master's Project 3|
Students whose undergraduate preparation has covered a significant amount of the material in CSC 204 or CSC 205 may be given a waiver by the Department from taking one or more of these courses. In this case, for each course waived with department approval, the student must take three additional units of Restricted Electives.
Prior to taking an elective course, students must obtain approval from their advisor, and either the Graduate Coordinator or the Department Chair.
Students should choose their electives according to the following guidelines:
Students are required to make an oral presentation of their master's project or conduct an oral defense of their master's thesis. The recommended department-level deadline in each semester for submitting an MS project or thesis signed by the committee chair and its members to the Graduate Coordinator's office is 10 weekdays prior to the University deadline.