What degree is earned at the end of the program?
Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS)

Is this degree equivalent to the UT Master of Science in Computer Science degree offered to on-campus students?
Yes, your diploma will read exactly as those of an on-campus graduate.

What is the curriculum?
The curriculum will consist of ten courses total or 30 hours. Students will take a combination of foundational coursework and elective options. Through completion of the foundational coursework, students will gain a broad understanding of the field. Students will also have significant elective flexibility to pursue a course of study best tailored to their professional aspirations.

How will courses be determined?
Courses will provide the requisite skillsets one would expect from a master’s level of study (e.g. algorithms, programming languages) while also focusing on subject matter that is in high demand within industry (e.g. deep learning, data centers, secure systems).

Where is a list of courses?
A complete list of initial courses will be announced at a later date. Some courses under consideration include machine learning, reinforcement learning, deep learning/neural networks, programming languages, algorithms, software engineering, data centers, secure systems, virtualization, scientific computing, parallel computing and programming for performance.

Will I have any instructor or TA interaction?
Interaction between instructors and/or TA’s will be available through email or an online discussion board.

Do I have to maintain a certain GPA in order to stay in the program?
Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the course of the program. If a student drops below 3.0, he or she will have one semester to bring up the GPA. If the student fails to do this, they will be dismissed from the program.

How many credit hours will I need in order to graduate?
30 credit hours, which equals 10 courses.

How long will the program take me to complete?
The program can be completed in 1.5-3 years and the curriculum is highly flexible.

How many courses will I take to complete my degree?
10 courses

How many courses will I be allowed to take at a time?
The university has not defined a limit on the number of online courses a student can take simultaneously. However, online master’s courses are of comparable rigor to the traditional courses. We strongly recommend no more than nine hours of course work during the long semester and two courses during the summer.

Can you start taking classes in the fall or the spring?
Yes, you can start taking classes in either semester.

Will I have access to career services?
Students will have access to the university's online job board as well as fall and spring career fairs.

When will the semester start and end?
The program will follow the timeline of the traditional semester. The university calendar can be found here.