Apr 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Computer Science (M.S.)


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Master of Science, Computer Science Plan A (thesis): Total 30 credit hours


Major Area Core Coursework


Note: No credit will be granted on the Program of Study for a core course with a grade of ‘C’ or lower.

Master of Science, Computer Science Plan B (non-thesis): Total 30 credit hours


Major Area Core Coursework


 Note: No credit will be granted on the Program of Study for a core course with a grade of ‘C’ or lower.

Artificial Intelligence Specialization optional (15 credit hours)


Start date Fall 2021

Informatics Specialization optional (12 credit hours plus 3 credit hours specified in the core)


 Plan A students must choose a thesis topic in the informatics area.

Accelerated Program Master of Science, Computer Science: BS/MS


Up to 9 credits applied toward the B.S. program may be used to satisfy graduate credits.  The following restrictions apply:

  1. The courses must be taken at the 500/600 level as an undergraduate. Courses taken at the 500/600-level can be applied to both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. Dual-listed courses must be taken at the 500-level.
  2. The student must apply to, and be admitted to, the accelerated program prior to taking courses to be credited toward the accelerated program.
  3. No courses taken prior to admission to the accelerated program may be counted toward an accelerated graduate degree. No exceptions to this policy will be approved.
  4. Courses that are “double counted” must be approved by the department chair for inclusion in the program of study prior to registration for the course or the credits will not be applied toward the accelerated graduate degree. No exceptions to this policy will be approved.
  5. Only courses taken at the student’s home institution are eligible for dual credit. No transferred courses from other institutions will be allowed to count toward the accelerated master’s degree.
  6. To fulfill the undergraduate required courses, graduate courses on the same topic areas must be taken.

Student Learning Outcomes


  1. The students  will demonstrate the ability to research a topic of substantial complexity, and evaluate currently known approaches.  (ABET a,b,c,j,k)
  2. The students will demonstrate the ability to organize technical material and communicate it orally. (ABET f)

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live


If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference the State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization

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