Master of Science in Computer Science


Minimum Requirements

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Computer Science from a regionally accredited institution. A degree in a related field is acceptable if the applicant shows evidence of computer science background suitable for entry into the master’s program as judged by the Graduate Committee.

‘B’ average or better in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division student in the Bachelor’s program

TOEFL scores (550 paper-based, 80 internet-based), or IELTS scores (6.5) sent to FIU with the institution code 5206. TOEFL exemptions are based on the country in which you completed your undergraduate degree, not on nationality. See the list of TOEFL exempt countries here.


Admissions Materials

Online Graduate Application/application fee.

Official University/ College transcript from all institutions previously attended mailed to FIU in a sealed institution envelope. If you graduated from FIU, you do not need to request transcripts.

Official translations of University/College transcripts, if official transcripts are in a language other than English.

Official TOEFL or IELTS scores reported by the testing agency, if applicable.

Official proof of degree/diploma. The student may provide this upon arrival to FIU (within one term) if the degree is pending.

Translation of proof of degree/diploma, if in a language other than English.

Immigration documents for international students: Bank and sponsor letter; Declaration and Certification of Finances: F-1 Transfer Form (if currently in the U.S.)

Recommended supporting documents: Letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, CV

Download our admissions checklist here.


MastersDomesticJune 1stOctober 1stMarch 1st
InternationalFebruary 15thAugust 1stDecember 1st
DoctorateDomestic and InternationalFebruary 15thAugust 1stDecember 1st

Please note that all international students, even those who do not require a student visa, must abide by the international student deadline.


Mailing official documents
Regular U.S. mailCourier
FIU Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 659004
Miami, FL 33265-9004
FIU Graduate Admissions
11200 S.W. 8 St., BT 201
Miami, FL 33199

Degree requirements

Four core classes (12 credits)

CEN 5011 Advanced Software Engineering
COP 5725 Principles of Database Management Systems
COP 5614 Operating Systems
COT 5407 Introduction to Algorithms

Non-thesis option: six electives (18 credits)

Thesis option: three electives (9 credits) and 6 credits of master’s thesis. After completion of the other required courses, the student must conduct a research thesis. The topic must first be approved by the faculty member who will supervise the research and then by the Thesis Committee. The thesis will be accepted only after being read and approved by a Thesis Committee. An oral defense is required before the Thesis Committee.

Elective courses may be chosen from SCIS’s graduate-level course offerings (5000 and 6000). Certain courses external to the School of Computing & Information Sciences (SCIS) may be applicable to this degree. Please consult the Graduate Program Advisor before enrolling in courses offered by another unit that does not appear as approved courses on the student’s Panther Degree Audit.

The following courses SCIS DO NOT apply to the MS Computer Science

CEN 5087 Software and Data Modeling
CGS 5166 Introduction to Bioinformatics Tools
CGS 6834 Programming for the Web
CIS 5027 Computer Systems Fundamentals
COP 6007 Computer Programming Concepts


For more information, please contact Vanessa Cornwall, the Graduate Program Advisor, at or 305-348-7989. Email is preferred.