Description Of The Degree Program

The Master of Science degree in Computer Networking may be earned through either of:

Either option of the MS degree may be used as preparation for further graduate study or employment in an industrial research, development, or design environment. Students planning to continue for a Ph.D. should discuss the option selected with their advisors.

Credit-Hour Requirements

A minimum of 31 credit hours is required for all students. A minimum of 9 credits should be taken from a group of Core Networking courses, and a minimum of 3 credit hours should be taken from a group of Theory courses. Also, a 1-credit hour graduate orientation course is required of all students.

The remaining 18 credits could be taken from a list of courses which have been grouped into the following four tracks:

These tracks are for guidance purposes and students may choose to focus in one of these tracks or may take courses from one or more tracks.

At least 6 credits of the minimum 31 credits required for graduation should be 700-level courses.

Subject to approval by the student's advisor, other courses from the pool of CSC and ECE courses not listed in the four tracks and also courses from other departments can be taken. Also, up to 3 credits can be taken from a list of Business courses, and up to 6 credits of additional Business courses can also be taken with approval by the student's advisor.

For the non-thesis option, a minimum of 18 credits as described above is required. Up to 3 credits maybe substituted with an independent study (CSC 630 for CNC (MSCN - CSC) students, and ECE 634 for CNE (MSCN - ECE) students).

For the thesis option, up to six credits of thesis work (CSC 695 for CNC students, and ECE 695 for CNE students) maybe substituted.

Special topics

For CNE students, prior approval from Dr. Sichitiu is required for ECE special topics (ECE 592) or CSC special topics (CSC 591) and if you want to have them counted towards graduation.

For CNC students, prior approval from Dr. Perros is required for ECE special topics (ECE 592) if you want to have it counted towards graduation.


Option A - MS with Thesis

A student who wishes to pursue the MS with thesis option must find a member of the ECE or CSC Graduate Faculty who agrees to serve as the student's advisory committee chair and direct the student's thesis research. If the chair becomes unable or unwilling to direct the work to completion, and the student is unable to find another graduate faculty member willing to direct the work, the student will be required to transfer to the non-thesis option.

Advisory Committee:
Each MS with thesis student must form an advisory committee by the end of the semester in which nine or more credits are completed toward the degree sought. The advisory committee must consist of three members of the CSC or ECE graduate faculty.

Thesis Research:
A student pursuing the MS with thesis may apply a maximum of 6 credits of CSC or ECE 695, Thesis Research/Thesis Preparation, toward the minimum 31 hour requirement.


Option B - MS without Thesis

A Master of Science may be obtained without a thesis (Option B). The advisor of all CNE non-thesis students is Dr. Sichitiu, the ECE program Coordinator for the Masters of Science in Computer Networking, and the advisor of all CNC non-thesis students is Dr. Perros, the CSC program Coordinator for the Masters of Science in Computer Networking.


All Students

  • Must take a minimum of 31 credit hours of graduate courses.
  • Must take a minimum of 6 credit hours at the 700 level.
  • Credit for thesis research is not allowed for Option B, the MS without thesis.
  • Non-letter grade courses, such as individual studies courses, may account for a maximum of 3 of the required 30 credit hours.
  • To graduate, a student must have a minimum 3.00 average on all graduate course work as well as all courses on his or her Plan of Graduate Work. This policy is strictly enforced.

Application to Ph.D. Program

A student who wishes to apply for admission to the Ph.D. program should ask his/her advisor and one additional ECE or CSC graduate faculty member to complete a Recommendation for Admission during the final semester of the MS degree program and submit the request to the Graduate Office of the student's department.


Admission To The Program

- How To Apply