Aug 08, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Computer Science Information

Departmental Overview

The Department offers a Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) and a specialization in Computer Science within the PhD program in the College of Engineering.

The MSCS is available to students in the form of three options: thesis, project, and coursework-only. All students take a 1-hour graduate seminar. Those who select the thesis option take 6 credit hours of research in addition to 24 hours of approved graduate coursework. Students taking the project option take 3 credit hours of project work in addition to 30 hours of approved graduate coursework, and students in the coursework-only option take 3 credit hours of independent study in addition to a minimum of 30 hours of approved graduate coursework.

Students can pursue a PhD with specialization in Computer Science, through the College of Engineering PhD Program. The purpose of the PhD Program is to provide students with an opportunity for advanced studies and research in the field of engineering. As a research-based degree, the focus is on developing the independent learning skills of students in preparation for advanced- level, research-focused employment in industry or academia.

The faculty are active in a wide variety of research areas, and interested students should refer to the departmental web-site for specific details. The mission of the CS department, consistent with the mission of the University and the College of Engineering, is

To be widely recognized for enabling students to have global impact though innovative, quality programs and research that emphasizes collaborative partnerships and the success of a diverse student, faculty, and alumni community.

Fast Track M.S. Program in Computer Science

The Fast Track program is designed to enable TTU undergraduates to accumulate up to six (6) credit hours of graduate coursework while still pursuing their undergraduate degree and to transition to the Computer Science graduate program smoothly, with accelerated completion.

Up to six (6) hours of graduate coursework, exclusive of directed study, can be used to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. These courses must be taken at Tennessee Tech University and must be approved as appropriate substitutions in the undergraduate curriculum.

The minimum requirements for acceptance to the Fast Track program are:

  • Enrolled as TTU Undergraduate with junior or senior standing.
  • Completed CSC 2400.
  • Overall GPA of at least 3.25 and a GPA for CSC courses of at least 3.5.
  • Letter from a CSC graduate faculty member agreeing to serve as applicant’s graduate advisor.
  • Program participants should consult with their future M.S. advisor regarding appropriate graduate courses to take during their junior/senior year.
  • The student must earn a minimum grade of “B” in the graduate courses in order to apply them to their M.S. program of study.
  • All requirements for full admission to Graduate School must be met upon graduation.
  • Students who do not succeed in their first graduate course (B grade or better) will be advised to withdraw from the Fast Track program and complete their B.S. degree in a normal manner.

Fulfilling the above minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Computer Science Fast Track program. Students who meet the above minimum requirements must consult with the Computer Science department for eligibility and acceptance.

Departmental Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to the MS program are the same as those for any MS program in the College of Engineering and are stated under the College of Engineering  listing. The program is designed for graduates of approved undergraduate programs. Thus a baccalaureate degree in civil engineering is required for full standing. Applicants that have an undergraduate degree in a closely related field will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be admitted to full standing upon completion of identified background courses.

For the admission requirements to the Ph.D. program, please refer to the College of Engineering  program listing elsewhere in this catalog.