Program Requirements

For the Master of Science in Computer Science program:

    1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited higher education institution.
    2. A minimum GPA of  3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    3. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (for applicants whose native language is not English).
    4. A minimum GRE General Test score of 900 (combined verbal and quantitative).

Provisional Admission:

Students may be awarded provisional graduate degree status admission if they satisfy the following requirements:

1. Have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
2. Have a minimum GRE General Test score of 700 (combined verbal and quantitative).


Students must petition the Dean of Engineering for full status in the graduate program during the term in which the first 12 graduate semester credit hours will be completed. To be considered for full degree status provisional students must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses recommended by the faculty advisor and the head of the graduate program, and submit satisfactory official scores on the GRE examination to the Office of Graduate Studies.

  1. Non-Degree Admission:
  2. A student who has a bachelor’s degree (minimum GPA of 2.45) and wishes to take graduate courses without qualifying for a degree may be awarded non-degree status admission if they satisfy the requirements outlined in the catalog section “Types of Admission” under Admissions Information and Requirements.

Special Student Admission:

Applicants who wish to take graduate courses but who do not meet the minimum GPA for admission as degree, provisional, or non-degree status may apply for special student status admission to the University in order to enroll in the required computer science background courses. These students must have been highly recommended based upon evidence of scholarly potential.

A student with a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than computer science must possess a computer science background equivalent to the following PVAMU courses before being admitted to the MS in Computer Science program:

  • COMP 2013 – Data Structures
  • COMP 2103 – Discrete Structures
  • COMP 3043 – Computer Organization
  • MATH  2024 – Calculus II
  • MATH  3073 – Linear Algebra

Advancement to Candidacy

The Application for Candidacy form must be approved by the head of the Computer Science department and submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School for approval. The student’s advisory committee must approve the research project or thesis before the student applies for candidacy.

Degree Requirements

The curriculum for the Master of Science in Computer Science has both a thesis and a non-thesis option.  A minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate course work is required for either option (including 6 semester hours of master’s thesis courses or 3 semester hours of master’s project courses). The 36 credit hours must be earned in courses numbered 5000 and above offered by the Computer Science Department.  Core course grade should be B and above.