Jun 07, 2023  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Computer Science Department

Department Chairperson: José Flores, Ph.D.

Director of the Graduate Program in Computer Science: Santosh KC, Ph.D.

Department of Computer Science
Arts & Sciences, Room 201
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-677-5388



Associate Professor:

Douglas Goodman, Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Specialization: Simulation, Real-time Systems, Graphics.

Assistant Professors:

Santosh KC, Ph.D., Universite de Lorraine, France. Specialization: Pattern recognition, image processing, computer vision, machine learning, data mining, information retrieval, big data
Ahyoung Lee, Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver. Specialization: Ad Hoc Wireless Networks, Mobile/Sensor Wireless Networks, Software Defined Networking, Next-generation IoT/IoE Networks.
Kiho Lim, Ph.D., University of Kentucky. Specialization: Mobile and Vehicular Networks, Wireless Communication, Network Security.



Master of Science, Plan A and Plan B  


Informatics - Plan A and Plan B

Program Description

All graduate programs are designed to produce individuals with a strong, broad-based core of advanced computer science knowledge. These programs are recommended for students with professional goals in Computer Science such as continuing graduate education, working for national laboratories and other federal or state agencies, securing employment in private industry, or post-secondary education. Graduates of the programs are well prepared to accept the current and future challenges of the field.


  1. Completed Graduate Application form found at: https://www.usd.edu/graduate-school/apply-now and a non-refundable application fee of $35.
  2. Official transcript(s) verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and previous graduate credit (in English or with translation) must accompany an application. Official transcript of all academic work at the undergraduate and graduate levels are required for international students. The USD Graduate School and/or academic units retain the right to require credential evaluations from organizations, such as Educational Credential Evaluators/World Education Services (ECE/WES), for a student if such an evaluation is deemed necessary.
  3. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.7 on conferred degree and/or graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, based on a 4.0 scale, on all graduate coursework is required for full admission. Each graduate program may admit students on provisional status per university policy. 
  4. Applicants with degrees from countries other than the United States who have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited American college or university are not required to submit an approved English proficiency exam score. For all other applicants, a minimum score of 79 on the Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT) or 550 on the Paper-Based TOEFL (PBT), a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or a minimum PTE score of 53 is required for graduate admission. Applicants from or who have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree from English-speaking countries are not required to submit an approved English proficiency exam score if their academic records after review indicate that English was the classroom language for their schoolwork.
  5. Applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose or goal statement.

Additional Program Admission Requirements:

  1. Official GRE test scores. The minimum desirable GRE for admission is 292 (v>= 140 and q>=150) on the new scale.
  2. Two (2) professional letters of recommendation are required.

Subject to faculty approval, those who do not meet all of the criteria above may be admitted on a provisional basis to any departmental graduate program.