About the Program
The M.S. program, through course-work and thesis options, lets students strengthen their foundational education, prepare for technical careers in industry, or prepare for advanced study at the doctoral level.
The doctoral program in Computer Science prepares students for research and teaching careers in academia and for research and technical careers in industry and government. The department’s faculty work in the areas of algorithms, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, computer and network security, database systems, data mining, distributed algorithms, distributed systems, information assurance, information retrieval, machine learning, natural language processing, networking, non-standard parallel computing, and parallel algorithms.Back to Top
Accelerated program (Georgetown students only)
For general graduate admissions requirements, visit the Office of Graduate Admission’s Application Information page. Review the program’s website for additional information on program application requirements.
Application Materials required:
- Application Form
- Non-refundable Application Fee
- Academic Statement of Purpose
- Optional: Statement on Diversity, Personal Background & Contributions
- Letters of Recommendation (3)
- Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit the Office of Graduate Admission’s Application Information page for additional details and FAQs.
- TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable)
- TOEFL = 90 minimum
- IELTS = 7.0 minimum
Applicants to the Master of Science program must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution in computer science, computer engineering, information systems, electrical engineering, or a closely related field. Candidates must have taken basic courses in programming, data structures, computer hardware, and mathematics, such as discrete mathematics, calculus, linear algebra, probability, and statistics. They must have a grade-point average of at least 3.0 in their undergraduate studies. Applicants can submit GRE scores if they would like to, and foreign applicants must take the TOEFL.
Prospective applicants to the Master’s program without the requisite background in computer science and mathematics may enter the program only after taking preparatory courses in computer science and mathematics at another university or at Georgetown. Such applicants must take or have taken the following courses or their equivalents: an introductory programming course, such as COSC-072 in C++ or COSC-175 in Java, Data Structures (COSC-173), and Hardware Fundamentals (COSC-250). They must also take or have taken one course in mathematics beyond integral calculus, such as multivariate calculus (MATH-137) or linear algebra (MATH-150). Students must have a grade-point average of at least 3.0 for these classes, which will not count toward the Master’s degree. Only after completing this preparation may students enter the Master’s program in computer science.
Applicants to the Doctor of Philosophy program must have a strong academic background and hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited academic institution in computer science, computer engineering, information systems, electrical engineering, or a closely related field. Candidates must have taken courses in data structures, computer hardware, algorithms, and mathematics, such as discrete structures, calculus, linear algebra, probability, and statistics. Ideally, applicants will have conducted and published research through experiences at work or in undergraduate or graduate studies.Back to Top
- January 15 (final)
- October 1
- January 15 (priority)
- April 1 (final)
These students may elect to complete the requirements of the M.S. degree by taking 10 courses or by taking eight courses and writing a thesis. All students must take Algorithms (COSC-531) and Architecture (COSC-560). Students pursuing the coursework option take a total of eight electives to complete the degree. Up to two courses from another department may be substituted for similarly numbered electives, provided that the courses support the student’s plan of study and have been approved by the student’s faculty advisor.
Students choosing to write a thesis complete the same requirements, but they substitute a graduate thesis research class for two electives. These students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.4 or higher as well as select an advisor, form a committee, submit a thesis proposal, conduct the proposed research, write a thesis describing their study and finding and defend the thesis in a public presentation.
- Complete the requirements for the master’s degree
- Take three doctoral seminars
- Pass a qualifying examination
- Complete the Apprenticeship in Teaching Program
- Complete and defend a proposal
- Complete and defend a dissertation
The program requires full-time enrollment and also usually requires four to five years to complete. Students with a master’s degree or prior graduate work in computer science may qualify for advanced standing in the program.Back to Top
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Program Contact: Ray Essick: firstname.lastname@example.orgBack to Top