Course Requirements for Graduation


  •  Student must earn a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours with Thesis option or thirty three (33) with Non-thesis option to graduate from the program, not including any Provisional Admission course requirements. All courses that are to count towards graduation must be passed with a minimum grade of B , and students must also pass at least five of these courses with a grade of A .

    The time limit for completing the M.S. degree is five years from the first enrollment in the graduate program. This includes any Provisional Admission course requirements to be met. Any exception to the time limit must be approved by the UMES Graduate School.

    In the Thesis option, the student is required to take a minimum of eight graduate level courses (24 credits) and six credits for Thesis (CSDP699). The thesis must be supervised by a member of the graduate faculty member as a thesis advisor and the initial thesis proposal must be defended with an oral presentation (see below) and approved by student s thesis committee (three members including advisor).  The thesis must be submitted to the department in a bound form after its defense orally which will take place after the thesis research is completed. A student is required to submit at least one journal/conference paper from his/her thesis work before its defense.

    In the Non-thesis option, the student is required to take a minimum of ten graduate level courses (30 credits) and a 3-credit hour research project (CSDP698) that must be approved by the project advisor. A copy of the resulting scholarly paper (if any) must be submitted to the department. A Student is advised to do scholarly activity out of his/her project work. 

     MS in Applied Computer Science Computer Science Thesis/Project Policy