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Vallerie Sessions

Valerie Sessions

Chair of the Department of Computer Science
P843-863-7529
Evsessions@csuniv.edu

The Master of Science in computer science program at Charleston Southern University consists of 33 credit hours.

Graduate courses are numbered at the 500 and 600 level and may include online and blended classroom delivery. Graduate students must perform at a substantially higher level of academic rigor to receive graduate credits. This higher performance involves additional practical and/or research activities approved and supervised by the assigned faculty member.

Prerequisite

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CSCI 315 Data Structure/CSCI 325 Java 3
CSCI 330 Architecture 3
CSCI 431 Operating System 3
CSCI 415 Algorithm 3
MATH 330 Discrete Math 3
MATH 213 Probability Statistics 3

Prerequisite courses could be required depending on student’s background.

Core

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CSCI 535 Advanced Computer Networks 3
CSCI 541 Distributed Database Systems 3
CSCI 560 Advanced Computer Architecture 3
CSCI 531 Advanced Operating Systems 3
CSCI 515 Advanced Algorithms 3
CSCI 540 Software Engineering Test & Maintenance 3

Total Hours: 18


Electives

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CSCI 542/442 Data Mining 3
CSCI 452/552 Network Penetrating, Testing and Ethical Hacking 3
CRIM/CSCI 505 Ethics, Law and Policy in Cyberspace 3
CSCI 590/490 Applied Cryptography 3
CSCI 635 Advanced Network Security Topics 3
CSCI 534/434 Human-Computer Interaction 3
CSCI 555/455 Compilers 3
CSCI 640 Open Source Software Engineering 3

Total Hours: 15 for Nonthesis (at least 6 hours at 600 level)
9 for Thesis


Suggested Tracks

Security Track (3 of the 4 courses)

  • CSCI 552/452 Network Penetrating, Testing and Ethical Hacking
  • CRIM/CSCI 505 Ethics, Law and Policy in Cyberspace
  • CSCI 590/490 Applied Cryptography
  • CSCI 635 Advanced Network Security Topics

Software Engineering Track

  • CSCI 555/455 Compilers
  • CSCI 534/434 Human-Computer Interaction
  • CSCI 640 Open Source Software Engineering

Thesis Option: 6 Credit Hours

  • CSCI 697 Research I
  • CSCI 698 Research II