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Master of science in computer science

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at West Virginia State University offers a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science. 

image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowAbout the Program

The general objectives of this program are:

  • Provide students with an advanced understanding of those concepts of computer science which will enable them to adapt to and function in any current computing environment.
  • Allow students with a WVSU bachelor’s degree in computer science to easily continue their studies to obtain a Master's degree.
  • Allow area IT and computer science professionals to obtain advanced training in the discipline.
In support of the general objectives, the specific objectives of the program are:
  1. Further students’ understanding of algorithm analysis, computer architecture and the theory of computing.
  2. Teach students parallel and distributed computing theory and application.
  3. Explore modern areas of computing, such as machine learning and data science.
  4. Provide opportunities for research in computer science.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowAdmission Information
To be admitted to this program, the student must satisfy these requirements:
  1. Have an undergraduate degree in computer science or a closely related discipline;
  2. Submit scores for the GRE General Test totaling at least 295 for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections, with at least a score of 149 on the Quantitative Reasoning section;
  3. For international students for whom English is not their primary language, a minimum TOEFL score of 61 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0;
  4. Two letters of recommendation;
  5. Approval of the Computer Science Graduate Committee.
Note: Applicants lacking some of the above requirements may be granted Conditional Admission by the Computer Science Graduate Committee
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowProgram Requirements
Students in the program can chose one of the following two options:
A. Thesis option
36 hours required for graduation.
Core course – 12 hours
CS 605*; CS 610*; CS 515*, CS 510*

Electives – 18 hours (from the following courses)
CS 530*, CS 540*, CS 645*, CS 611*, CS 612*, CS 613*, CS 615*, CS 609*, CS 505*, CS 599, CS 697*, CS 597*.

Thesis – 6 hours
CS 699
B. Non-thesis option
36 hours required for graduation.

Core – 12 hours
CS 605*; CS 610*; CS 515*, CS 510*

Electives – 24 hours (from the following courses)
CS 530*, CS 540*, CS 645*, CS 611*, CS 612*, CS 613*, CS 615*, CS 609*, CS 505*, CS 599*, CS 697*, CS 597*.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowCourse Descriptions
CS 505. LIBRARY RESEARCH (2 credit hours)
Extensive library research techniques in a particular Computer Science area. Staff assigns a topic and supervises the project. A maximum of two credits of CS 505 may be counted toward a Master’s in Computer Science.

Advanced topics in operating systems, such as: multi-tasking, synchronization mechanisms, distributed system architecture, client-server models, distributed mutual exclusion and concurrency control, agreement protocols, load balancing, failure recovery, fault tolerance, cryptography, multiprocessor operating systems.

CS 515. THEORY OF COMPUTATION (3 credit hours)
Finite automata theory, including determinism vs. nondeterminism, regular expressions, non-regular languages, and algorithms for finite automata. Context free languages including grammars, parsing, and properties. Turing machines and their functions. Undecidability. Computational complexity, including the classes P and NP.

Transaction management; query processing and optimization; organization of database systems, advanced indexing, multi-dimensional data, similarity-based analysis, performance evaluation, new database applications.

CS 540. NETWORK PROGRAMMING (3 credit hours)
Socket and client-server programming, remote procedure calls, data compression standards and techniques, real-time protocols (e.g: chat, etc, web-related programming (CGI, Java/Javascript, HTTP, etc.,) network management (SNMP-based management, dynamic/CORBA-based management).

CS 597. INTERNSHIP (1-3 credit hours)
Participation in private corporations, public agencies, or non-profit institutions. Students will be required to have a faculty coordinator as well as a contact in the outside organization, to participate with them in regular consultations on the project, and to submit a final report to both. On completion of internship, the outside contact should provide the faculty coordinator with a letter evaluating student's performance during the internship period. At most 3 credits can be accepted towards the M.S. degree.

CS 599. SPECIAL TOPICS (1-4 credit hours)
An in-depth study of special topics proposed by members of the Computer Science graduate faculty. Open to graduate students.

CS 605. ANALYSIS OF ALGORITHMS (3 credit hours)
Techniques for designing efficient algorithms, including choice of data structures, recursion, branch and bound, divide and conquer, and dynamic programming. Complexity analysis of searching, sorting, matrix multiplication, and graph algorithms. Standard NP-complete problems and polynomial transformation techniques.

Advanced design methods including formal methods, component-based design, design with patterns and frameworks, and architectural-based designs. Modern software processes such as Extreme Programming and Cleanroom software development. Issues and problems associated with large-scale software project failures and techniques for preventing them.

Design methodology; processor design; computer arithmetic: algorithms for addition, multiplication, floating point arithmetic; microprogrammed control; memory organization; introduction to parallel architectures.

CS 611. COMPUTER SECURITY (3 credit hours)
Principles and practice of Computer Network Security. Cryptography, authentication protocols, public key infrastructures, IP/www/E-commerce security, firewalls, VPN, and intrusion detection.

General concepts in the design and implementation of parallel and distributed systems, covering all the major branches such as Cloud Computing, Grid Computing, Cluster Computing, Supercomputing, and Many-core Computing.

CS 613. COMPUTER GRAPHICS (3 credit hours)
Graphics hardware; graphics primitives; two-dimensional and three-dimensional viewing; basic modeling, input and display devices, data structures, architectures, primitives, and geometrical transformations appropriate to computer graphics.

Fundamentals of machine learning including rote learning, learning from examples, learning from observations, and learning by analogy; knowledge acquisition for expert systems. Information processing techniques and mathematical tools to assemble, access, and analyze data for decision support and knowledge discovery.

CS 645. REAL-TIME EMBEDDED SYSTEMS (3 credit hours)
An overview of the unique concepts and techniques needed to design and implement computer systems having real-time response requirements in an embedded environment. It contrasts the concepts and techniques of real time and embedded systems with those of more traditional computer systems. Topics include: Basic concepts of real time and embedded systems, hardware features, programming languages, real time operating systems, synchronization techniques, performance optimization and current trends in real time and embedded systems such as incorporating internet connectivity.

CS 697. DIRECTED STUDENT RESEARCH (1-3 credit hours)
An independent research topic designed by the student with the assistance of a graduate faculty advisor who supervises the project. The topic should be acceptable to the advisor and the chair. Limited to specific problems in the Computer Science field. A maximum of three credits of CS 697 may be counted toward a Master’s in Computer Science. Variable contact hours.

CS 699. THESIS PREPARATION (1-9 credit hours)
An independent research project designed by the student with assistance from the Thesis advisor and acceptable to the Thesis committee. Variable contact hours. Course is graded pass/fail only.

Faculty & Staff

Dr. MichaelAnderson
Dr. Michael Anderson
Professor & Dept. Chair
Phone: (304) 766-3393
Dr. Sonya
Dr. Sonya Armstrong
Phone: (304) 766-3390
Dr. RonaldBaker
Dr. Ronald Baker
Phone: (304) 766-3397
Dr. Mohammad
Dr. Mohammad Bhuiyan
Assitant Professor of Civil Engineering (Chair)
Phone: (304) 766-3087
Kumara Jayasuriya, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Phone: (304) 766-3146
 Ms. KarenKail
Ms. Karen Kail
Phone: (304) 766-3396
Dr. UpaliKarunathilake
Dr. Upali Karunathilake
Associate Professor
Phone: (304) 766-3244
Mr. LarryLamb
Mr. Larry Lamb
Phone: (304) 766-3399
Dr. Linwei
Dr. Linwei Niu
Associate Professor
Phone: (304) 766-3024
Mrs. D. JeannieStarr
Mrs. D. Jeannie Starr
Administrative Secretary Sr.
Phone: (304) 766-3267
Dr. Naveed
Dr. Naveed Zaman
Dean for the College
Phone: (304) 766-4248
Dr. XiaohongZhang
Dr. Xiaohong Zhang
Associate Professor
Phone: (304) 766-3398
Dr. Xi
Dr. Xi Zhao
Assistant Professor
Phone: (304) 766-3072
lecture on mathematics and computer science
Dr. MichaelAnderson
Dr. Michael Anderson
Professor & Dept. Chair
Monday: 1:00-3:00
Tuesday: 9:30-11:30
Wednesday: 1:00-3:00
Thursday: 9:30-11:30
817 Wallace Hall
Phone: (304) 766-3393
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