Program Information

GRE/Standardized Test Scores

The UVU Computer Science Department does not require nor does it use standardized test scores to evaluate the readiness of a candidate to begin the MCS.


The most desirable background for an MCS student is someone with an undergraduate degree in a computer-related field (Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or a closely related field). You will need an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Additionally, you will need to have completed the following UVU or equivalent classes with a C+ or better:

  • CS 2300 Discrete Structures I
  • CS 2420 Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures
  • CS 2810 Computer Organization and Architecture
  • CS 3060 Operating Systems Theory
  • MATH 1210 Calculus I

Students who feel they are prepared for the MCS, perhaps through work experience, but fail to meet all the requirements should address this issue in their statement of purpose.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and student fees are established by the Utah State Board of Regents.

NOTE: Tuition is subject to change and will be updated as new information is released. Should a tuition increase take place, it is usually applied beginning Summer semester. Historically, tuition increases have been approximately 3%.

We encourage students to take potential tuition changes into consideration when establishing resources for financial aid.

Financial Aid Information   Latest Tuition Fees

For more information, visit the official tuition site.


Course Prefix and Number Title Credit Hours
Required Courses  
CS 6510 Design and Simulation of Operating Systems 3
CS 6700 Advanced Mathematics for Computer Science 3
CS 6400 Modern Databases 3
CS 6300 Software Engineering Leadership 3
CS 6500 Software Architecture 3
CS 6150 Advanced Algorithms 3
CS 6600 Graduate Project I 3
CS 6610 Graduate Project II 3
Sub-Total 24
Elective Courses Pick two courses:
CS 6470 Machine Learning 3
CS 6620 Advanced Data Mining and Visualization 3
CS 6730 Advanced Embedded Systems Engineering 3
CS 6800 Computer Graphics 3
Sub-Total 6
Total Number of Credits 30

Graduate Project

Every graduate student will be required to complete a two semester-long graduate project. Please, do not ever expect to complete this in a single semester. This would be like an inverted Mythical Man-Month; you do not have a baby in four months by just pushing harder and you do not complete two semesters of work in one semester by just working harder.

Picking the right Graduate Project is strongly related to picking the right Graduate Mentor. While all Graduate Projects are required to make students design and implement a large complex system, the specific type of project will differ from professor to professor. Some professors will offer projects that will be very industry related, while other professors may offer projects more research oriented, and some will have a combination of both. Deciding what you want to work on and who you want to do it with is one of your major responsibilities as a graduate student.

Being a Graduate Student

As a graduate student, you are moving into an area of education where more will be expected of you than ever before--more time, more commitment, more responsibility, more leadership, and perhaps, most importantly, more professionalism. It is not just the depth and complexity of the material taught in graduate classes--it's the entire process. Try to enjoy the journey. Employers who understand this will look at you differently than an undergraduate, not only because you have had different classes, but because you have had a different type of educational experience, one that requires more of you. 

To this end, the MCS has been designed around three key elements: 1) to be  rigorous, 2) to be relevant, and 3) to be practical.  Additionally, all graduate  students are expected to achieve four key outcomes before graduating from the MCS: 1) students will design large-scale systems, 2) students will implement large-scale systems, 3) students will exhibit professional maturity, and 4) students will develop a broad base of competency.

What does this mean to you as an MCS student?

  • You should expect courses that require 3+ hours of work outside of class for every 1 hour of lecture.
  • You should expect multiple hands-on assignments in every course that escalate in both depth and complexity as the course progresses.
  • You should expect to gain the fundamental skillset needed to evaluate and, if appropriate, apply the techniques/technologies taught in class in a real-world setting.
  • You should expect to work on projects where the lines of code measure in the thousands rather than the hundreds.
  • You should expect to work with a faculty mentor/advisor who will help guide you through the process of completing your graduate project.
  • You should expect to develop a greater level of confidence for tackling larger and more complex systems.
  • You should expect as an alumni of the MCS that your views and opinions will be valued by the CS Department.

Graduate Mentor's Role

If you have not read the section entitled "Being a Graduate Student," please read that first. As a graduate student, more will be expected of you, and while you might not always agree with what is being expected of you, understand that, too, is part of the process.

As you make your way through the graduate program, you will undoubtedly encounter issues. These may take the form of time management problems, waning commitment to the program, too many interests, as well as a host of other problems. While the MCS Director and individual faculty members teaching a course can assist you, this is where your faculty advisor/mentor can really help you. Finding the right mentor can be essential to your success as a graduate student.

The right faculty mentor can help keep you focused on your goals when you are feeling lost or overwhelmed, but it is your responsibility to pick the correct faculty mentor for you. The department can give you advice on whom to choose, but ultimately you are responsible for choosing your faculty mentor, and they must agree to accept you as a student. The faculty mentor you choose will not necessarily be your best friend or the teacher you like the most. They should be the faculty member you feel most strongly can guide you to achieving your goals. This may actually mean picking the professor that challenges you the most. Like picking a spouse or job, there is no simple set of rules that will always work.