Computer Science and Engineering

Master of Science in Computer Science

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Why Choose Computer Science?

Continue your education with a Master of Science degree with a focus on computer science. You can explore the subject by choosing our thesis or non-thesis options.

Areas of study include:

  • Data science and big data
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Visualization and analytics
  • Databases and data mining
  • More

We have a mixture of courses that can be taken during the day, evening, or online, giving working professionals a pathway to an advanced degree. When you graduate, you will be able to use current computer science techniques to solve a broad range of problems.

Program strengths include

  • Faculty expertise
  • Well-equipped laboratory facilities
  • A curriculum that combines theory, software, and hardware
  • Opportunities to work with faculty members on research projects

A solid background in these core computer science skills will help you with your graduate degree:

  • Computer programming
  • Computer organization
  • Data structures and algorithms
  • Programming languages
  • Operating systems
  • Problem-solving and implementation using computer programming

Success Stories

Nathan Adams, a computer science graduate student, works with Dan Krane, professor of biology, to review DNA evidence in criminal cases.
A research project by Matt Piekenbrock, a graduate computer science at Wright State, was selected by the Google Summer of Code 2017 competition.

Academics and Curriculum

The entire program requires no less than 30 semester hours of course work. This includes the Computer Science core courses and the completion of the thesis or non-thesis option.

Computer Science and Computer Engineering courses at the 6000 level and above can be used toward your degree. Program level prerequisites, including CEG 6350 Operating System Internals and Design, do not qualify.

View the Master of Science in Computer Science program information, outcomes, and requirements in the Academic Catalog.

Students can add the Big and Smart Data Certificate to their program, adding the technical foundation needed to manage and analyze Big Data and to create Smart Data-enabled applications for enterprises and individuals to the Computer Science degree.

View the Big and Smart Data Certificate program information, outcomes, and requiredments in the Academic Catalog

Prerequisites 

At least one year of formal coursework in computer programming. Formal coursework in data structures, computer organization, and operating systems is also required. The materials covered in these courses should be equal to Wright State University courses. If you are lacking other prerequisite coursework you may be assigned additional prerequisite courses upon admission.

All Programs

The following courses are prerequisites that can be assigned for any of our graduate programs. 

Computer Engineering M.S.

The following course is a prerequisite that can be assigned for the computer engineering degree.

Math

All Programs

  • A One-year sequence in calculus
  • Knowledge of  probability, and statistics
  • Knowledge of linear or matrix algebra
  • Coursework discrete math is preferred

Computer Engineering

  • A One-year sequence in calculus-based physics

Admission

The admission process is competitive.  Expected qualifications for successful applicants are:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related field
  • A 3.0 GPA

If you do not meet the admission expectations above you may still be considered for admission. We will take into account your current academic and professional achievements when making this decision. In particular, students with a higher GPA in the last two years of their undergraduate degree, or high grades in computer science and mathematics coursework are often eligible for admission.

International Students

International students must meet English language proficiency requirements. Please contact the University Center for International Education for more information on the admissions process for international students.

Application Deadlines

International applicants applying from outside the United States are advised to apply at least one month before the final deadline.

All application documents must be uploaded to the application portal by the final deadline below for consideration.  This includes unofficial transcripts, English language proficiency test scores, and any other documents required for your desired program.  Applications received after the final deadline may not be considered for admission for the desired term.

Application Deadlines and Decision Dates

  • Fall Semester: June 30 
  • Spring Semester: November 30

How to Apply

Graduate students should apply for admission through Wright State's Graduate School.

Program Dismissal

You can find all admission and dismissal guidelines on the Graduate School Policies and Procedures page.


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