The department's Master of Science in Computer Science (MS-CS) provides students a strong foundation in the core computer science areas, together with advanced study of specialized topics in computing. Students work closely with faculty members and may select to complete either a thesis or project. The thesis option entails three semesters' study under the direction of a faculty member in which the student gains an understanding of an area of current research and contributes to the state of the art in that area. The thesis option is chosen by students seeking to be involved in the Department's research efforts. The project option provides a more application-oriented experience completed in a single semester and is typically a software project supervised by one the department's faculty members.
Many successful students enter the program with Bachelor's degrees in other disciplines. The department offers a series of graduate courses designed to facilitate students' transition to graduate study in computer science from undergraduate study in other disciplines. The exact sequence of courses in determined individually by the department after review of the student's undergraduate transcript and relevant work experience.
The University of Texas-Pan American is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters', and doctorate degrees.
International Student Requirements:
Test of English as Foreign language (TOEFL) - A minimum score of 500 (173 for computer based test) is required for all international students from countries whose native language is not English. Test scores must be sent directly to the University of Texas-Pan American from the Testing Agency. Copies of TOEFL scores sent by the applicant are not acceptable.