Computer Science Option

Overview of Degree This is a professional master's degree program designed for students who seek a broad training in applied computational/quantitative methods as preparation for professional employment in business, government, or industry. Students in this program take a core curriculum of courses offered by the three mathematical science departments from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

Students complete an interdisciplinary Program of Study which allows a combination of expertise in computation with a chosen field of application.

The Program of Study must consist of 33 semester hours of graduate course work. In the Department of Computer Science Option, the program includes 10 hours of basic core courses, at least 20 hours of CSCI 6000- or 8000-level courses, and 3 hours for a Technical Report. There is no foreign language requirement. To accommodate students with different career goals, other options are available in the Mathematics Department.

The program is designed to meet the need for technical specialists who can use computation, applied mathematics, analysis, and statistics to solve complex, quantitative, real-world problems. As part of the Program of Study, each student prepares a Technical Report (in lieu of a thesis). This gives the student an opportunity to apply course work, and is intended to be similar to the type of report one may expect to prepare when employed after graduation.

Admission Requirements All candidates for this degree must satisfy the following four requirements to qualify for admission to the program:

1. Prerequisite courses (as described in the Graduate School Bulletin, or the equivalent).

Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
MATH2200 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 4 hours
MATH2210,2210L Integral Calculus 4 hours
MATH 3000 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3 hours
CSCI1301 Introduction to Computing and Programming (alt. CSCI 7010) 4 hours
CSCI1302 Software Development 4 hours
CSCI2610 Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science 4 hours
CSCI2720 Data Structures 4 hours

 

2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores are required for admission consideration.

3. Three letters of recommendation are required, preferably written by university professors familiar with your academic work and potential. If the student has work experience, one letter from their supervisor is acceptable. Letters should be sent directly from the letter writer or signed on the back of the envelope.

4. A one-page personal statement outlining your background, your achievements and your future goals is required.

Admission to this program is selective; students with a record of academic excellence have a better chance for acceptance. Students with exceptionally strong academic records may apply for admission to the graduate program prior to fulfilling all of the above requirements.

Note that some courses have prerequisites other than those listed above. If a student lacks such prerequisites, they must be made up. Courses listed in (1) above, additional prerequisites to be made up by the student, and CSCI 7000 level classes are not counted towards the 33 semester hours of graduate course work in a Program of Study.

Graduate School Requirements

Additional requirements are specified by the Graduate School (application fee, general application forms, all transcripts, etc.). Please see the University of Georgia Bulletin for further information. Detailed admissions information may be found at Graduate School Admissions. Printed information may be obtained by contacting the

 

Office of Graduate Admissions
320 E. Clayton St.  Suite 400
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-4401
phone: 706-542-1739
fax: 706-425-3094
e-mail: gradadm@uga.edu

 

Applications are processed on a year round basis. Students can be admitted for either semester (Fall or Spring). Please visit the Graduate School for application submission deadlines.

Core Curriculum

All students are required to gain some experience in three areas of study as indicated by the core requirements listed below. In the event that one of these courses or its equivalent has been taken as part of another degree program, then an alternative course at the 6000 level or higher from the same department should be substituted. Every Program of Study must include at least one course from each of the three mathematical science departments cooperating in the MAMS degree program: Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics. The core requirements consist of a total of 10 semester hours and must be chosen from the groups below:

 

Course Number Courses Title Semester Hours
Computer Science Choose one of 4 hours
CSCI 6140 Numerical Methods and Computing  
CSCI 6210 Simulation and Modeling  
CSCI 6470 Algorithms  
CSCI 6810 Computer Graphics  
Mathematics Choose one of 3 hours
MATH 6400 Number Theory  
MATH 6450 Cryptology and Computational Number Theory  
MATH 6500 Numerical Analysis I  
MATH 6510 Numerical Analysis II  
MATH/CSCI 6670 Combinatorics  
MATH/CSCI 6690 Graph Theory  
MATH 6700 Qualitative Ordinary Differential Equations  
MATH 6720 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations  
MATH 6780 Mathematical Biology  
Statistics Choose one of 3 hours
STAT 6210 Statistical Methods I  
STAT 6220 Statistical Methods II  
STAT 6510 Mathematical Statistics I  
STAT 6520 Mathematical Statistics II  

 

Post-Core Curriculum

One of the following six sequences must also be completed. A course counted in the Core may not also be counted in the Post-Core. This represents a total of 8 semester hours. See the CSCI section of the University of Georgia Bulletin for course descriptions.

 

Seq. First Course Second Course Area Description
1 CSCI 6140 CSCI 8140 Computational Science
2 CSCI 6370 CSCI 8370 Database Management
3 CSCI 6470 CSCI 8470 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
4 CSCI 6570 CSCI 8060 Compilers and Language Translation
5 CSCI 6720 CSCI 8720 Computer Organization and Architecture
6 CSCI 6810 CSCI 8810 Computer Graphics and Image Processing

 

Additional Coursework

At least 12 semester hours of additional coursework selected from the above list, or from any 6000- or 8000-level CSCI course must be taken. Of this, 4 hours must be at the 8000-level. This includes all CSCI 8000-level courses except CSCI 8990. A repeatable 8000-level course may be listed at most once in the program of study. At most 3 hours of CSCI 6950 Directed Study may be counted in the program of study.

In total, each MAMS student must complete 10 hours of core, 8 hours of post-core, and 12 hours of additional coursework for a total of 30 semester hours. In addition, 3 hours of CSCI 7100 must be taken for a grand total of 33 hours.

Breadth Substitution

A MAMS student may request to substitute up to 4 hours of coursework from another department for CSCI coursework. Those who have a special interest in an Applied Science such as forestry, pharmacy, biology, chemistry, physics, etc., as evidenced by a bachelor's degree or previous experience, may request permission in writing to make such a substitution. The purpose of this option is to make the graduate more capable in the quantitative aspects of the specialty, especially those relying on the use of computers. Such a substitution must be approved by the student's major professor as well as the graduate coordinator.

Technical Report

Each student will prepare a 3-credit hour Technical Report. This is done in conjunction with the course CSCI 7100 Technical Report, with a designated faculty member serving as the director. As a rule, projects involve the creation of software, including explicit statement of purpose, appropriate explanation, and documentation. Reports are read by a committee of three, including the project director. The same committee is responsible for administering the student's final oral examination. The final oral examination includes a presentation by the student concerning the project, and typically involves demonstration of software.