2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    Feb 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Computer Science, M.S.

Graduate Coordinator: Barun Chandra, Ph.D.

STEM Designation: This program is STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)-designated by the Department of Homeland Security. For more information, please see https://www.newhaven.edu/admissions/stem-designated-programs.php

Program Outcomes

1. Develop a large software project, one that is well designed, complete, functions properly, and is  presented appropriately.

2. Understand one aspect of modern computer systems in greater depth: networks, operating     systems, parallel architectures or databases.

3. Student has mastered the methods and algorithms of one area of computer theory work independently.

4. Explain the current developments and concerns related to at least two subareas of computer Science.


Students with an adequate background in computer science will complete a minimum of 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.  Based on students' prior academic backgrounds, students may be required to complete up to an additional 18 credits of prerequisite core courses.  Students will be notified about any additional coursework requirements at the time of admission.

Students may need to complete up to 18 additional credits of core courses, in addition to the 30 other credits; at the time of admission, students will be notified which courses have been waived for them and which need to be completed by them after joining the program. Students are expected to complete the core courses as soon as possible after joining the program.  Students who choose to enroll at the institution accept these prerequisite coursework requirements as a condition of their admission.

Required non-core courses cannot be waived, but transfer credit and substitutions may apply. See the University transfer credit policy for more information.

Distribution Courses (9 credits not waivable)

Select one course from each of the following three categories:

Electives (21 credits)

Each student will select 7 Elective courses. These include all Computer Science graduate courses other than the six Core Courses. Up to two of these 7 elective courses can be Electrical Engineering ELEC courses.

Programming Language Requirement

Each student must demonstrate mastery of a programming language other than C by completing at least one of the programming language courses listed below.

Project Requirement

Each student must complete a substantial individual project.   There are three different ways to satisfy the project requirement:

  1. Completing a Project course.   The current list of Project courses consists of CSCI 6623, CSCI 6626, CSCI 6639, CSCI 6645, CSCI 6647, CSCI 6648, CSCI 6649, CSCI 6655, CSCI 6656, CSCI 6663, CSCI 6667, CSCI 6682, and CSCI 6683.
  2. CSCI 6690 Master's Project course.   Students who plan to do CSCI 6690 Project must find a project advisor, prepare a project proposal and obtain written approval for the project prior to registration.
  3. CSCI 6698 Thesis I and CSCI 6699 Thesis II.  Students who plan to do a thesis should start in their first or second term at the university to find a thesis advisor, prepare a thesis proposal, and obtain written approval for the thesis prior to registration.