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Program Information

Program Description

Students with an adequate background in computer science will complete 30 credits of course work consisting of 9 credits of distribution courses, and 21 credits of elective courses. In addition, within these 30 credits of course work, students must satisfy a project requirement and a programming language requirement. Students with a background other than computer science may need to complete up to 18 additional credits of core courses. Below are the formal course requirements, all the course descriptions can be found on the program's catalog page here.

Admission Policy

This program exists in two versions. The main degree program, consisting of 30 credit hours (10 courses), is for students who have earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from an ABET accredited university. We also accommodate students with weaker CS backgrounds, or no prior CS background, by prescribing up to six additional courses in fundamental CS subjects. All applicants are expected to demonstrate that they have completed a baccalaureate degree and a course in college algebra prior to enrolling. Submission of GRE scores is required.

Any of the six required core courses may be waived on the basis of appropriate undergraduate or graduate courses, subject to approval of the Computer Science graduate coordinator. Students who seek additional waivers must submit, after arrival at the university, supporting documentation to the coordinator before or during the student's first trimester. Only courses with grades of B or better may be used for waiver purposes. Students are expected to complete the core courses as soon as possible after joining the program.

Transfer Credit

Required non-core courses cannot be waived, but transfer credit and substitutions may apply. However, this is subject to the university's 30-credit residency requirement; students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at the University of New Haven.

Placement Policy

Students are placed in the programming sequence by the graduate coordinator. Those not awarded waivers during the admission process may waive CS604, CS610 and/or CS620 on the basis of placement exams. A beginning programmer must start with CS 604. Additionally, students should take CS 640 at the start of the program since this is a core course with no prerequisites. 

Before enrolling in any course, students must make sure that they meet the prerequisites for that course (as specified in the course description) either by courses taken as part of the program or by work done outside the program. Normally, a grade of B or better may be used for prerequisite courses to meet our expectations for mastery of the subject. Credit may be denied for a course taken without first satisfying its prerequisites unless prior written approval was obtained from the graduate advisor.