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Master of Science in Computer Science


The mission of the graduate program in Computer engineering and Computer Science at CSULB is to provide a high-quality educational experience and the technical specialization required to become successful leaders in industry. The program also prepares the students to pursue advanced degrees if they so desire. The graduate program involves advanced courses in analysis and design in computer software and hardware. The students may choose to do a thesis or take a comprehensive examination as the culmination of their program.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the MS program will:

  • 1. have technical competency in their field of study.
  • 2. have technical knowledge and skills needed to conduct independent and/or innovative research.
  • 3. keep current with state of the art technologies and advancements in their area.

Admission Procedures

To be considered for admission the graduate applicant must have earned a bachelor's degree in computer engineering, computer science or sufficient background in computer engineering or computer science from a college or university with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter upper division major units attempted. The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is strongly recommended. The student should apply online at Do not send an application to the Department. International students should apply online at CSU Mentor.


All deficiencies must be removed before attempting graduate-level courses. Failure to attempt to fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) during the first semester in the program will prevent registration in engineering courses in subsequent semesters.

Advancement to Candidacy

Students applying for advancement to candidacy must:
1. have completed all undergraduate deficiencies with grades of "C" or better;
2. have attained an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0;
3. have completed at least 9 units of required courses applicable to the degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 for the completed units;
4. have fulfilled the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);
5. and have their plans of studies approved by the CECS department graduate advisor.

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