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Master of Science in Computer Science

About the Program

Format: Online, hybrid, or in person on the Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 30
Entry Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer

The Department of Computer Sciences offers advanced study opportunities in Computer Science. The Master of Science in Computer Science degree program with a concentration in data and knowledge systems is the only such degree concentration offered in Georgia and one of only a handful across the country. The area of data and knowledge systems covers areas such as speech and vision recognition systems, expert systems, data storage systems, and information retrieval systems, such as online search engines.

This program focuses on the currently hot areas of data mining and data warehousing. Courses are taught by internationally renowned experts in the field. The program of study consists of 30 hours of study that can be completed in less than two years (two courses per semester for five semesters). Online courses are available for students with undergraduate degrees in non-computing disciplines to qualify for admission.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Information Technology (IT) has become an integral part of modern life. Among its most important functions are the efficient transmission of information and the storage and analysis of information, overall employment of computer network, systems, and database administrators is projected to increase by 30 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.”

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Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

Domestic Candidates:

  1. Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or in a related field (Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering, etc.) from an accredited program OR Bachelor of Science in a non-computing field with at least two years of relevant professional experience in computing.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5/4.0 or its equivalent.
  3. Submit a General GRE score.

International Candidates

  1. International students must enroll in the hybrid delivery program in order to be in compliance with F-1 visa status.
  2. Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or in a related field (for example, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering, etc.)
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.
  4. Submit a General GRE score.
  5. Submit a minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based). The TOEFL will be waived for international applicants who have graduated from a U.S. College or University.

Provisional Admission

Applicants who meet most (but not all) of the regular admission requirements may be admitted on a Provisional basis. Applicants granted Provisional admission must earn grades of “B” or higher in the courses taken under the Provisional admission status. Any other conditions of Provisional admission will be stated in the admission letter. Applicants with such admission status may take graduate-level courses counting toward the M.S. degree requirements. It is every student’s responsibility to satisfy their conditions of admission as soon as possible after acceptance.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (

Advanced Bachelor’s to Master’s (ABM) Information

Qualified students may also be eligible for an accelerated bachelor’s to master’s (ABM) program. ABM programs allow you to begin graduate studies in your senior year so you can accelerate completion of a graduate degree. You’ll earn both a bachelor’s and a graduate degree faster. And since any graduate courses taken as an undergraduate are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate, you’ll save money too. Learn more about accelerated bachelor’s to master’s programs.



Final: July 15*


Final: November 15*


April 30*

*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Andrew A. Allen, Ph.D.
Interim Computer Science Department Chair
Associate Professor
Graduate Program Coordinator

Last updated: 1/10/2024