The Department of Computer Science offers two separate master's degree programs.
The master's program in computer science consists of tracks, both of which require 30 hours of master's degree qualified graduate coursework, either of which may be done with or without a thesis. The two tracks are:
Both tracks include elective courses on a variety of standard computer science topics such as databases, networking, and operating systems.
The master's program in software engineering requires 33 hours of master's degree qualified graduate coursework and may include a 6 credit hour thesis or a 3 credit hour special project. This program includes courses on software engineering and development topics such as:
Applications go to the Graduate School and not directly to the department. After an initial evaluation of a complete set of application materials by the Graduate School, applications are forwarded to the department. The department is generally unaware of your application until the Graduate School completes its evaluation. The Graduate School has a webpage for you to request information about the status of your application.
The department offers a very limited number of graduate assistantships which provide both a stipend and a tuition waiver. GRE scores and GPAs are both used when selecting students for assistantships. In addition, assistantships are available from other units on campus who seek students with computer skills. For a list of currently available assistantships, visit Cardinal Career Link. Note, that more assistantships in other units are likely to become available around the time the Fall semester starts.
Students with Limited Computer Science Backgrounds
Students with a limited undergraduate computer science background will be required to take directed courses in which an average grade of at least B is earned. No credit towards a degree will be granted for these courses. Any student whose transcript indicates they have not taken the following courses (or did not get at least a B grade in them) will be required to take them at Ball State
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