Computer Networking
Program Requirements

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 to the Ph.D. should discuss the option selected with their advisors.

Credit-Hour Requirements:
A minimum of 30 credit hours is required for all students. The Computer Networking core courses constitute 9 of these 30 credit hours. Students must take 12 credit hours of additional computer networking courses from one of three technical concentration areas. Each technical concentration area includes both required and elective courses.

The remaining 9 credit hours may be taken from either

The above is the only way of earning the 9 credits for students pursuing the MS without-thesis option. Students earning the MS with a thesis option may substitute a maximum of six credit hours of the 9 with thesis work (ECE or CSC 695) At least 6 of the 30 credits must come from the 700-level. Individual study courses cannot account for more than 3 credit hours.

Core Course Requirements
All students must take the following three core courses for a total of 9 credit hours:

Technical Concentrations
All students must earn 12 credits by taking four courses from one of the defined technical concentration areas for the MS Computer Networking degree. Each technical concentration has a set of courses that are required for students electing that concentration.

The remaining 9 hours of credit
Students in the MS without-thesis program (Option B) can either take three approved electives chosen from any of the approved technical or management concentration areas, or earn a Management Concentration by completing a three-course sequence in management from the approved list for the MS Computer Networking degree. Students pursuing the MS with thesis option (Option A) may use a maximum of six credit hours of the remaining 9 hours for thesis research.

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 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 30 hour requirement.

Option B - MS without Thesis

A Master of Science may be obtained without a thesis (Option B). CNE non-thesis students must formally select a non-thesis advisor during their first semester. CNC non-thesis students are not required to select a non-thesis advisor. Their advisor is Dr. Perros, the CSC program Coordinator for the Masters in Computer Networking.

Management Concentrations:
Students may elect a three-course sequence from an approved list of management concentrations for the MS Computer Networking degree.

All Students

Core Course Requirements (9 Credit Hours)

Technical Concentration (12 Credit Hours)

Students in the MS Computer Networking program must take four Computer Networking courses (12 credit hours) from a technical concentration area. Currently, three technical concentration areas are defined:

Within each technical concentration area, there are required courses which must be taken by all students electing that technical concentration. For some concentration areas, the required courses may constitute the entire 12 credits.

Management Concentration, Approved Electives, or Thesis Option (12 Credit Hours)

For the remaining 9 credit hours, students may elect one of three options:

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 CSC or ECE Graduate Office.

Admission To The Program - How To Apply