Minors in CS

This page is relevant to graduate students whose major area is not computer science, but want a minor in computer science.

Master’s Degree

The Graduate Council requires that a student who wishes to earn a minor in computer science in a master’s degree program complete at least nine semester hours of computer science graduate credit, not to include CSE 6613. In addition, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering requires that the following requirements be satisfied:

  • At least three semester hours must be at the full graduate (8000) level.
  • At least six semester hours must be in one of the research focus areas of the department, or theory.
  • CSE 2383 Data Structures or CSE 6753 Computation Fundamentals or equivalent must have been completed by the student. This required background may have been completed during undergraduate study. CSE 6753 may count toward the minor.
  • The student must pass a comprehensive examination over minor coursework, as determined by the minor professor. This may be in conjunction with an examination for their primary degree program.

The student must be accepted by a minor professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and have the approval of both the minor professor and the Graduate Coordinator in Computer Science and Engineering of the minor program of study. The minor professor will be included in the student’s supervisory committee.

Ph.D. Degree

The Graduate Council requires that a student who wishes to earn a minor in computer science in a Ph.D. degree program complete at least twelve semester hours of computer science graduate credit, not to include CSE 6613. In addition, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering requires that the following requirements be satisfied:

  • At least three semester hours must be at the full graduate (8000) level.
  • At least six semester hours must be in one of the research focus areas of the department, or theory.
  • CSE 2383 Data Structures or CSE 6753 Computation Fundamentals or equivalent must have been completed by the student. This required background may have been completed during undergraduate study. CSE 6753 may count toward the minor.
  • The student must pass a comprehensive examination over minor coursework, as determined by the minor professor. This may be in conjunction with an examination for their primary degree program.

The student must be accepted by a minor professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and have the approval of both the minor professor and the Graduate Coordinator in Computer Science and Engineering of the minor program of study. The minor professor will be included in the student’s supervisory committee.

University Rules

  • Up to one third of minor coursework can be transferred from another institution.
  • Minor coursework must conform to the same time limit as other courses on the program of study.