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Computer Science Graduate Programs

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College of Engineering and Technology

 
 

Master of Computer Science

  • Advisor: Arlene Padilla Arenaz
  • Office: CS 635
  • Telephone: 801-863-5748
  • Email:   ArleneA@uvu.edu

 

Program Requirements

The Master of Computer Science (MCS) degree at Utah Valley University is an applied graduate program focused on preparing students to enter the local, national, and global workforce as leaders and innovators rather than focusing on preparing students to conduct basic research. An MCS degree is considered a professional degree as graduate students complete a graduate project rather than a theoretical or research-based thesis often associated with a Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) degree.

The focus of the degree does not mean you cannot explore exciting, cutting-edge new technologies; it just means we will focus your efforts on developing a working project that applies your new knowledge rather than focusing your efforts on basic research and writing papers on the topic. One should not assume that the degree's focus on completing a project means that the MCS does not value writing or presenting presentations. To be a workforce leader and innovator, you must be able to express highly technical and complex topics concisely and clearly. Developing your technical communication skills will always be a part of the MCS. 

The MCS requires students to complete 30 hours of course work beyond their undergraduate degree to gain additional breadth and depth. Six hours of this course work will be associated with your graduate project where you will design and develop a large complex project from inception to completion. Students without an undergraduate degree in computer science who have a passion for the field are encouraged to apply. In such cases a student can be conditionally admitted while they complete an individualized leveling plan designed to bring their skills up to the required level to enter the MCS.

 NOTE: Graduate policy precludes conditionally admitted students from taking any 6000 level courses. The UVU Computer Science Department cannot waive or alter this graduate policy.

Admission Requirements

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). 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. 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

The classes listed above represent the minimum set of courses an MCS candidate needs for acceptance into the MCS. Having the bare minimum classes to enter the MCS is not a guarantee of acceptance nor success. Candidates are highly encouraged to have either significant work experience or junior and senior level Computer Science classes beyond the minimum. Talk to the MCS Director or an MCS advisor for a list of upper division courses to help you prepare to enter and succeed in the MCS.

 
 
2019-20 Rate Master of Computer Science--Tuition and Fee Schedule
    Resident         Non-Resident
Credit Hours Tuition Fees Total   Credit Hours Tuition Fees Total
1 $387 $35 $422   1 $1,003 $35 $1,038
2 $774 $70 $844   2 $2,006 $70 $2,076
3 $1,161 $105 $1,266   3 $3,009 $105 $3,114
4 $1,548 $140 $1,688   4 $4,012 $140 $4,152
5 $1,935 $175 $2,110   5 $5,015 $175 $5,190
6 $2,322 $210 $2,532   6 $6,018 $210 $6,228
7 $2,709 $245 $2,954   7 $7,021 $245 $7,266
8 $3,096 $280 $3,376   8 $8,024 $280 $8,304
9 $3,483 $315 $3,798   9 $9,027 $315 $9,342
10 $3,870 $350 $4,220   10 $10,030 $350 $10,380
11 $4,257 $350 $4,607   11 $11,033 $350 $11,383
12 $4,644 $350 $4,994   12 $12,036 $350 $12,386
13 $5,031 $350 $5,381   13 $13,039 $350 $13,389
14 $5,418 $350 $5,768   14 $14,042 $350 $14,392
15 $5,805 $350 $6,155   15 $15,045 $350 $15,395
16 $6,192 $350 $6,542   16 $16,048 $350 $16,398
17 $6,579 $350 $6,929   17 $17,051 $350 $17,401
18 $6,966 $350 $7,316   18 $18,054 $350 $18,404
19 $7,353 $350 $7,703   19 $19,057 $350 $19,407
20 $7,740 $350 $8,090   20 $20,060 $350 $20,410

 

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