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Program at a Glance

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Computer Science
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Expand the Reach of Science and Technology to Benefit the Economy and Society

The Master of Science in Computer Science program provides you with an in-depth education geared toward meeting the needs of business and industry in Florida and throughout the United States. Your coursework will cover a broad background in the areas of programming systems and languages, computer architecture and computer science theory while specializing in a research area. Various research interests of the computer science faculty include computer and network security, database management systems, modeling and simulation, hardware/software co-design, programming languages, VLSI systems, among many others.

The program’s long and respected history produces graduates with a high level of competency in understanding, applying and enunciating the modern concepts, principles, methods and theories necessary for the design and implementation of computing systems. Upon graduating, you’ll have exhibited breadth as well as depth of capability involving both theoretical aspects of computer science and practical considerations of computing.

Computer Science (MS) – Accelerated BS to MS
The Accelerated BS to MS program in Computer Science allows highly qualified UCF undergraduate majors in Computer Science to take graduate-level courses that will count toward their MS degree while completing their BS degree program.

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Highlights ranks UCF’s Department of Computer Science in the top 50 for publishing in the most selective computer science conferences.
UCF’s computer science graduate program ranked No. 82 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.
Job growth for computer science grads is expected to exceed 12 percent over the next decade.
Computer science graduates earn an annual average salary of $103K nationwide.

Application Deadlines

July 1
December 1
January 15 (Fall) or July 1 (Spring)

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Course Overview

Advanced Computer Architecture

Learn about modern processor design, instruction-level parallelism, thread-level parallelism, data-level parallelism, memory hierarchy and I/O.

Classification of algorithms, e.g., recursive, divide-and-conquer, greedy, etc. Data Structures and algorithm design and performance. Time and space complexity analysis.

Computer Science Skills You'll Learn

  • Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  • Design and implement a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  • Evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.

Career Opportunities

  • Cyber/Information Security Engineer
  • Computer Scientist
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Computer Systems Engineer/Architect
  • Software Developer/Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Network Engineer/Architect
  • Software QA Engineer/Tester

Admission Requirements

While an undergraduate degree in computer science is desirable, it is not required. Applicants without a strong undergraduate background in Computer Science must demonstrate an understanding of the material covered in upper-division undergraduate courses listed under the articulation section of the curriculum information in the catalog. Applicants may choose to demonstrate their knowledge of these courses by taking these courses as non-degree seeking and scoring “B” or better in all of them:

  • EEL 4768C Computer Architecture
  • COP 4020 Programming Languages I
  • COP 4600 Operating Systems
  • COT 4210 Discrete Computational Structures

Applications are accepted for the fall and spring semesters. All required materials must be submitted prior to the application deadline. Please note that faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting an applicant into their research program.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • Official transcripts
  • Resume
  • Letters of recommendation (encouraged by not required)

Computer Science News

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Science & Technology
UCF Researchers Awarded $4.5 Million to Develop Non-GPS Location Finder
The Army Research Lab-funded project will help ground vehicles navigate complex terrain when GPS is not available by using computer vision and artificial intelligence.
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UCF Cybersecurity Researcher Leads DARPA-Funded Project to Help Reduce Fraud
The complex nature of corporate relationships provides an opportunity for criminals, adversaries, and others to hide illegal activities in plain sight.

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