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 a computer science background suitable for entry into the master’s program as judged by the Graduate Committee.
‘B’ average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division student in the bachelor’s program.
For applicants whose native language is not English, English proficiency exam scores of at least 550 (paper-based) or 80 (internet-based) on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS. English proficiency exam exemptions are based on the country in which the applicant completed their undergraduate degree, not on nationality or language of instruction. See the list of exempt countries here: http://gradschool.fiu.edu/toefl-exempt-countries/.
Official university/college transcripts from all institutions previously attended, mailed in a sealed institution envelope. Applicants who graduated from FIU do not need to request FIU transcripts.
Official translations of university/college transcripts (if in a language other than English).
If applicable, official TOEFL or IELTS scores reported by the testing agency. TOEFL scores can be sent to FIU using the code 5206. IELTS scores can be verified directly by the admissions officer, if the applicant provides FIU with a copy of the score report.
Official proof of degree/diploma. The student may provide this upon arrival to FIU (within one term) if admitted. Applicants who graduated from U.S. universities are typically only required to submit the final transcripts as proof of degree; some exceptions may apply.
Translation of proof of degree/diploma (if in a language other than English).
Through the website, applicants will have the opportunity to upload supporting documents, such as a statement of purpose, resume, residency documents for tuition purposes, immigration documents, and the like. They can also provide contact information for recommenders who are then prompted to submit the letters of recommendation through the online portal.
Once submitted, Graduate Admissions will promptly acknowledge receipt of the application via email and will provide a Panther ID as well as further instructions on how to access the MyFIU portal. On MyFIU, students can view the status of their application, including any missing documents. Missing documents are listed under the “To Do List” on the top right-hand corner of the screen.
Once the applicant has been issued a Panther ID, they should include the Panther ID in all communications to the unit representatives, Graduate Admissions, International Student and Scholar Services, and Student Health services.
FIU requires official documents, even for the initial review of the applications. Required official documents include transcripts, proof of degree, translations, and test scores (if applicable).
Transcripts must be received in a sealed university envelope issued by the academic institution, from all institutions previously attended. FIU conducts evaluations of foreign transcripts internally. Any transcripts that have been evaluated by a third party (e.g. WES, Josef Sinly, etc.) are considered unofficial by Graduate Admissions and will not fulfil the official transcript requirement. FIU will use evaluated documents for translation purposes only.
Official test scores must be reported to the School by the testing agency. The School’s code is 5206. IELTS scores may be verified directly by the admissions officer, if the applicant provides FIU with a copy of the score report.
Please note that applications are not referred to the unit for review until official transcripts, translations, and test scores (if applicable) have been received. Uploaded copies of any of these documents are considered unofficial and will not be used in evaluating the application.
Once admitted, international students will also be required to show an official proof of degree, typically a diploma, but can do so upon their arrival to FIU.
This program admits for the fall, spring, and summer terms.
All international applicants must abide the international applicant deadline. This includes international applicants residing in the United States and/or international applicants who do not require student visas.
Required Coursework: 12 credits
CEN 5011 Advanced Software Engineering
COP 5614 Operating Systems
COP 5725 Principles of Database Management Systems
COT 5407 Introduction to Algorithms
Non-thesis option: 18 credits of elective courses.
Thesis option: 12 credits of elective courses and 6 credits of master’s thesis.
Elective courses may be selected from SCIS’s graduate course offerings, found in Section 7.1 of the Graduate Program Booklet, with the exception of courses marked not applicable to the MS or Ph.D. in Computer Science or to SCIS degrees.
A maximum of 6 credits can be chosen from courses other than those listed in Section 7.1. Of these 6 credits, a maximum of 3 credits can be taken as either a 3-credit Independent Study or a 3-credit co-op course, but not both.
Students who are interested in relevant courses outside of SCIS that are not on the pre-approved list found in Section 7.2 of the Graduate Program Booklet or on the student’s degree audit should submit a request to the Graduate Program Advisor with the course details and a strong justification. The Graduate Program Director has final discretion over the inclusion of courses in a program of study.
This option requires the completion of a master’s thesis (6 thesis credits) in addition to the 8 graduate courses (12 credits of required courses and 12 credits of elective courses). A student may commence work on the master’s thesis at any time; however, thesis credits taken prior to the approval of the M-2 form will not count toward the 6 credits of master’s thesis required to complete the degree. See http://gradschool.fiu.edu/students/#studentforms for the forms.
The Thesis Committee must consist of three members with Graduate Faculty Status, at least two of which hold appointments in SCIS. Typically, all three members hold appointments in SCIS. The Thesis Advisor is the Chairperson of the Thesis Committee. University regulations require that the Chairperson of the Thesis Committee be a member of the College of Engineering. The M-1 Form must be completed to formally establish the Thesis Committee with the University Graduate School.
The thesis proposal should be submitted after the Thesis Committee has been approved. The proposal will be given by the Thesis Advisor to the student’s Thesis Committee for review. Based on the written recommendations of its members, the Thesis Committee will make a final decision. Upon acceptance of the proposal, the M-2 Form will be completed, to indicate that the proposal has been approved. Before the submission of the M-2 form, the Graduate School requires the M.S. candidate complete an on-line “Responsible Conduct of Research Certification” training course (http://gradschool.fiu.edu/rcr/#toggle-id-3 ).
The purpose of the thesis proposal is to convince the Committee that the chosen thesis topic and the student’s approach have a reasonable chance of success. SCIS wants to minimize the chance that the thesis will be rejected when almost completed. In particular, the thesis proposal should:
explain the basic idea of the thesis topic
argue why that topic is important
state what kind of results are expected
make plausible that these results are sufficient for a master’s thesis and that they are obtainable within the given timeframe with available resources
demonstrate the student’s academic qualifications for doing the proposed work
Once the M-2 Form has been approved by the University Graduate School, the student is subject to Continuous Enrollment requirements and must enroll in at least one thesis credit every term (including Summer) until he or she graduates. Exceptions to this rule can only be made by the University Graduate School via the approval of a formal leave of absence. Thesis credits taken prior to the approval of the M-2 form will not count toward the minimum 6 credits of the master’s thesis.
The master’s thesis must be a written account of a critical and scholarly study in an area in computer science. The Thesis Committee will review it critically for both content and form. The thesis may consist of:
independent research work
a critical study and analysis of known results that provide new significance and insights
a significant and constructive contribution to computer applications such as software development for important applications
Once the Thesis Committee has approved the student for a final defense, the student should submit the M-3 Form at least 3 weeks prior to the expected defense date. The student and the Thesis Advisor need to coordinate with the Program Specialist to schedule an oral presentation of the thesis in the form of a public lecture. The Thesis Committee makes the final pass or fail decision.
For inquiries related to the MS in Computer Science, including admissions and academic issues, please contact Vanessa Cornwall, the Graduate Program Advisor. Email is preferred.