Master of Science Degree

The Master of Science Degree program offered by the Computing and Information Science Department at Kansas State University is a broadly-based curriculum designed to prepare students for advanced positions in the computing industry as well as for further academic studies.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with at least a "3.0" grade point average (or equivalent) is required for admission to the Master's Degree program. An applicant's background must include the equivalent of a Bachelor's degree in mainstream computer science: block-structured, procedural, and nonprocedural programming languages, data structures and database systems, architecture, operating systems, software engineering, and theory of computation.

An applicant must take the GRE general exam. Minimum GRE score requirements are:

Tests taken prior to August 1, 2011
  • 400 Verbal
  • 650 Quantitative
  • 4.5 Analytical Writing (3.5 for non-native English speaking students)
Test taken on or after August 1, 2011
  • 146 Verbal
  • 151 Quantitative
  • 4.5 Analytical Writing (3.5 for non-native English speaking students)

English Proficiency Exam is required for an international student whose native tongue is not English. The following are the minimum score requirements:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) total score of 575
  • TOEFL iBT total score of 90 and at least 20 on each section
  • IELTS: total score of 7 and at least 6.5 in each section

Degree Requirements

The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate level coursework; up to 10 hours can be transferred from other accredited graduate programs. The M.S. degree is completed under one of the following options:

  • Thesis option: Thirty credit hours of coursework, including an original thesis work of approximately six credits.
  • Report option: Thirty credit hours of coursework, including a research project and report of two credits.
  • Nonthesis-nonreport option: Thirty-three credit hours of coursework, including a presentation of work related to an advanced course.

Apply to CIS MS/MSE program Click here to go to the MS/MSE Application Page.

Precise requirements for the degree are detailed in the Department's Guidelines for the Master of Science Degree booklet. For further information, contact