Mar 26, 2023  
2022 - 2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022 - 2023 Graduate Catalog

Computer Science, M.S.

Students must submit a 2-year plan of study at the beginning of their first semester in the M.S. program, which must be endorsed by their faculty advisors and then approved by the Graduate Admission Committee.

Students who opt to complete a thesis must complete 24 credits, and those who choose not to complete a thesis must complete 32 credits.

Course Requirements



Thesis Requirement

Students may choose to write a thesis or not.

Students who choose the thesis option must complete CSCI 700 - Thesis , in addition to 24 credit hours, and defend their thesis at an oral examination, open to the faculty and to whomever else the department may invite. CSCI 710 - Research Project  cannot be applied to the 24 credits.

Students who do not choose the thesis option must include CSCI 710 - Research Project  as part of their 32 credit hours.

Comprehensive Exam Requirement

See the Graduate Regulations.

Foreign Language Requirement

There is no foreign language requirement.

Satisfactory Progress

To be eligible to graduate, all students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all courses undertaken for graduate credit at William & Mary after admission to a degree program. Students with less than a 3.0 average may appeal in writing to the department’s Committee on Admission, Retention, and Financial Aid to remain in the graduate program. The committee normally rejects appeals from students with less than a 2.75 grade point average. No credit toward a degree will be allowed for a course in which a student receives a grade below C (grade point = 2.0).

All requirements for the master’s degree must be completed within six years from the first term of enrollment in the master’s program, excluding periods of approved leave and military service.  Requests for extension beyond the six-year limit must be filed following the procedures outlined in Time Limits for Degrees and Extensions    in the Graduate Arts & Sciences Catalog.