Master's Degree

Computer Science (M.S.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Science degree program in computer science offers integrated studies involving software and hardware. A thesis option is available for students who wish to have research experience. Two concentrations are available including Computer and Information Security and Software Engineering.

Why pursue an M.S. in Computer Science?

  • The Department of Computer Science offers comprehensive programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels, with approximately 400 undergraduates, 80 M.S. students and 70 Ph.D. students.
  • The Master's degree program offers optional concentrations in Software Engineering and in Computer and Information Security.
  • The Master's degree program offers thesis and non-thesis options that allow students to gain valuable experiences in cutting-edge research. The research activities and experimental facilities have been well-supported by various federal research and infrastructure grants.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admission pre-requisites:

Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree in computer science equivalent to that offered at UTSA.  Students who do not qualify for unconditional admission may be admitted on a conditional basis.  Students who are admitted on a conditional basis may be required to complete specific undergraduate courses as conditions of admission.  If such courses are listed as deficiencies, they will not count toward the graduate degree.  In such cases, students should anticipate that additional time will be required to complete the degree.

Students are encouraged to submit a copy of curriculum vita, a statement of purpose, and two letters of reference, if the student has accumulated extensive work experience and additional qualifications beyond the transcripts submitted. If the student wants to be considered for a teaching assistantship, the statement of purpose and the letters of reference should provide information about the student's ability and teaching experience.

Specific Degree Requirements: Not required

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Graduate Studies Application: Yes

Department Application: No

Test Scores: None required

Resume or CV: Recommended

Letters of Recommendation: Recommended

Statement of Purpose: Recommended

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements:  International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Degree Requirements:

Candidates for the degree are required to successfully complete a minimum of 36 semester credit hours of graduate coursework as described in the program of study.

For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.

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Application Deadline Dates

Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):
Spring- November 1
Fall- July 1

International Applicants:
Spring- September 1
Fall- April 1

Contact Information:

Graduate Advisor of Record: Weining Zhang, Ph.D.
Email: Weining.Zhang@utsa.edu
Telephone: (210) 458-5557

Degree Website:
http://www.cs.utsa.edu/graduate/ms/

Degree Catalog Link:
http://www.utsa.edu/gcat/chapter6/COS/csdept.html#mscs

Career Options Available for a Computer Science Graduate:

  • Our M.S. graduates are working in various industrial positions at companies such as AT&T, USAA, Microsoft, Oracle, and Intel.
  • Some of our M.S. graduates have been admitted to Ph.D. Degree programs at UTSA and other universities including UT Austin and Texas A&M.

Funding Opportunities:

Course Scheduling and Offerings:

  • This program is housed on UTSA’s Main Campus.
  • Graduate courses are in late afternoons and evenings, accommodating part-time students very well.

Research taking place in the Computer Science program:

  • Our 21 faculty members are conducting research in a variety of areas including algorithms, bioinformatics, computer and information security, computer architecture, computer networks, databases, high performance computing, parallel and distributed systems, programming languages and compilers, and software engineering among others. The research in the Department of Computer Science is supported by more than $10M in active research grants and contracts from various external funding agencies.  Graduate students conduct innovative research in cooperation with and under the supervision of department faculty. Activities of research assistants include implementing prototype systems, developing and proving new theories, conducting experiments, attending international conferences, and publishing their results in scientific journals.