Admission to the Master's Program
Since establishment of the Graduate School in 1951, graduate instruction has been
a major concern at Middle Tennessee State University. Graduate degrees are awarded
through the College of Graduate Studies, admission to which implies the expectation
of superior talent, high motivation, and dedication to advancing the goals of the
University. The Department of Computer Science offers the Master of Science degree
in Computer Science and, in addition, offers a minor at the graduate level. The department
welcomes inquiries from individuals who consider themselves qualified for graduate
study and who are sincere in their desire to enter the program. We consider our graduate
program in computer science to be one of the best in the state.
The following items are required to apply for admission to the Master's program. U.S.
citizens submit these items to the College of Graduate Studies. Non-citizens submit them to the International Programs and Services Office.
- An application for admission.
- An application fee.
- An official transcript from each college attended. (All students applying for admission
to the Graduate School must present an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00
scale to be considered for unconditional admission.)
- A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English. International students
must present acceptable TOEFL scores.
- Satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score (verbal and quantitative score
of at least 150 each). Applicants with a 3.3 or higher undergraduate GPA on all CSCI
courses taken at MTSU (which must include at least 15 upper division CSCI hours) are
not required to submit a GRE score for admission to the graduate program.
Note that letters of recommendation are not required.
The final step in the admissions procedure is acceptance by the Computer Science Department.
For otherwise qualified students who lack background in computer science, conditional
admission may be granted allowing them to complete prerequisite courses. These courses
- CSCI 1170, 2170, 3080, 3110, 3130, 3160 and 3250 or equivalent. See undergraduate course descriptions for more information. Any required undergraduate Computer Science course taken subsequent
to conditional admission to the Computer Science Master's program must be completed
with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher. If such an undergraduate course is a prerequisite
for a subsequent course, then the B- or higher must be earned prior to taking the
- MATH 1910 (Calculus I) and 2050 (Probability and Statistics) or equivalent