The CPSC-DC M.S. program requires a student to complete a minimum of 33 semester hours in graduate work including the thesis, or 36 semester hours in graduate work including a graduate project. Students admitted to the program who lack academic experience in certain areas will be required to complete up to 18 hours of additional course work of the foundation courses listed below in order to gain needed competencies. All students admitted to the M.S. program must complete 15 semester hours of required computer science core courses and 6 semester hours of required DS core courses listed below. The program also includes 6 hours of DS elective courses in one of five areas. Students may elect to undertake a project in lieu of a thesis. The student in consultation with his/her major adviser and the program graduate coordinator can select an additional 6 hours of elective coursework in an area of interest within our outside of computer science or they choose a project option. In this case, 6 additional hours of DS elective coursework and 6 additional hours of elective course in the student’s interest area, for a minimum total of 36 hours of graduate credit, are required. The courses used for these additional 6 elective hours are subject to the approval of the major adviser and the Graduate Coordinator. With either the thesis or project option, a minimum of 21 hours of credit must be from UTC computer science courses at the 5000 level. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average and are subject to all general regulations of The Graduate School, such as those regulating admission to candidacy, transfer of credits, time limitations, thesis and degree conferral.