Program Information

CS Graduate Program Information

The MSCS degree requires 33 units as described below. At least 27 of the 33 units must begin after the student has been admitted to the master's degree program. Students also need to fulfill the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement, typically by taking CS200W (3 units). SJSU requires that all graduate students complete the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) as a condition for advancement to candidacy. The Computer Science Department policy is that students should complete the GWAR requirement in their first year in the MS program and must complete it two semesters before graduation.

Please, note that per department decision in May 2015, students who started prior to Fall 2015 can have CS190I count as elective (towards their MS in Computer Science). Students who started in the Fall 2015 cannot have CS190I count as elective (towards their MS in Computer Science).

Course Requirements

  1. At least one Graduate Option Course from each of the Subject Areas of Foundations, Architecture, and Systems Software  (9 units)
  2. Three additional Graduate Option Courses from the list below (9 units)
  3. Two Elective or Graduate Option Courses  from the list below (6 units)
  4. Culminating Experience: CS 297 followed by CS 298 or CS 299 (6 units)

For the course description and prerequisites, please visit the Course Descriptions on the Academic Catalog.

Graduate Option Courses by Subject Area

Foundations

  • CS 252 : Advanced Programming Language Principles
  • CS 254 : Theory of Computation
  • CS 255 : Design and Analysis of Algorithms
  • CS 262 : Randomized Algorithms and Applications
  • Math 279A : Graph Theory

Architecture

  • CS 247 : Advanced Computer Architecture
  • CS 258 : Computer Communication Systems
  • CS 259 : Advanced Parallel Processing
  • CS 268 : Topics in Wireless Mobile Networking

Systems Software

  • CS 218 : Cloud Computing
  • CS 249 : Distributed Computing
  • CS 253 : Advanced Compiler Design
  • CS 257 : Data Base System Principles
  • CS 267 : Topics in Database Systems

Other Graduate Option Courses

(Satisfy Requirement 2 or 3 above, but not Requirement 1)

  • CS 216 : Geometric Modeling
  • CS 223 : Bioinformatics
  • CS 235 : User Interface Design
  • CS 243A/B : Advanced Numerical Analysis
  • CS 251 : Object-Oriented Analysis
  • CS 256 : Topics in Artificial Intelligence
  • CS 265 : Cryptography and Computer Security
  • CS 266 : Topics in Information Security
  • CS 271: Topics in Machine Learning
  • CS 274 : Topics in Web Intelligence

Subject varies by topic

(Satisfy Requirement 2 or 3 above, but not Requirement 1)

  • CS 286 : Advanced Topics In Computer Science

Elective Courses

(Satisfy Requirement 3 above)

  • CS 116A : Intro to Computer Graphics
  • CS 116B : Computer Graphics Algorithms
  • CS 123A : Bioinformatics I
  • CS 123B : Bioinformatics II
  • CS 134 : Computer Game Design and Programming
  • CS 136 : Introduction to Computer Vision
  • CS 143C : Numerical Analysis & Scientific Computing
  • CS 143M : Numerical Analysis & Scientific Computing
  • CS 153 : Concepts of Compiler Design
  • CS 155 : Intro to the Design & Analysis of Algorithms
  • CS 156 : Intro to Artificial Intelligence
  • CS 157B : Data Base Management Systems II
  • CS 157C : NoSQL Database Systems
  • CS 158A : Computer Networks
  • CS 158B : Computer Network Management
  • CS 159 : Intro to Parallel Processing
  • CS 161 : Software Project
  • CS 168 : Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
  • CS 171 : Introduction to Machine Learning
  • CS 174 : Server-Side Web Programming
  • CS 175 : Mobile Device Development
  • CS 176 : Introduction to Social Network Analysis
  • CS 180 or 280 : Independent Study (max. 4 units,requires prior approval)
  • Math 142 : Intro to Combinatorics
  • Math 161A : Applied Statistics I
  • Math 161B : Applied Statistics II
  • Math 162 : Probability & Computation
  • Math 163 : Probability Theory
  • Math 164 : Mathematical Statistics
  • Math 177 : Linear & Non-Linear Optimization
  • Math 178 : Mathematical Modeling
  • Math 179 : Intro to Graph Theory
  • Math 203 : Applied Math & Computer Science Projects

Note that CS 200W (Technical Writing) is only a corequisite for CS 297 but should be completed in the first year per department policy. More information about writing projects and theses can be found on the Writing Project Guidelines Page.