Students may be excused from a Prerequisites course if they are able to pass
a competency exam given on the content of the associated course. Before each semester a competency test
is given for each prerequesite course by the Computer Science Department for a fee of $75
per examination. Each examination may be taken only once but examinations do not have to be taken
before the first semester of enrollment. The tests can be taken later in the student's program, but
courses requiring one or more of the two prerequisite courses, mentioned above cannot be taken unless either
the prerequisite course has been completed successfully or the corresponding compentency test has been passed.
may take these courses at other accredited universities, and
we will accept those transfer credits. If you have already taken
these courses at an accredited university, you do not need to
take them again. You only need to show your transcript when
you arrive. Keep in mind, however, that the same course titles
may not indicate the same course content. In particular, we
find that very few incoming students who have not already studied
in the U.S. know C++ very well, and that almost none of them
can program multithread applications in a UNIX enviornment.
In addition, to the prerequisites, our M.S.
program requires either 9 courses and a thesis or 11 courses
and a one-semester project. In both cases, an oral defense is
required in addition to a written report. If you are a full
time student taking nine credit hours(i.e. three courses) during
the Fall and Spring semesters and one course during each of
the two five-week summer sessions, you will finish all of your
work within two years.