What is the Syllabus for MS Computer Science?

For the first time someone had asked via our blog regarding the syllabus for a specific master’s program. Nonetheless, it’s obvious to see why someone is asking for a particular syllabus.

Universities in India will have one common syllabus for all the colleges and departments.

Each major typically has a pre-defined syllabus to serve as guide in terms of required units. So that students will know what courses will be offered during a 4 year degree program.

Likewise, it’s natural to think that the same pattern will apply to colleges/universities in the U.S. However, that’s not the case.

Degree Requirements

Every department within the colleges and universities in the U.S. have pre-defined degree requirements that have to completed before a certain degree will be awarded.

For example, to obtain an MS in computer science, you will need to complete 36 credit hours of course works.

However, the exact courses must be taken by a student is not pre-defined, meaning they are bound to vary. In one semester for example, professors will offer different courses.

  • Professor A will offer – Software Engineering
  • Professor B will offer – Database 1
  • Professor C will offer – Advanced Software Engineering

Likewise, most professors will offer classes (lecture). So you will have to take 12 courses to get 36 credit hours. If you complete the 12 courses, then a master’s in CS degree will be awarded to you.

Course Work & Semesters

Every semester you will have lots of options of course works to take. If 40 professors are in the department’s faculty and if they offer 2 courses each, you can select among 80 courses.

Majority of internationals students take 3 courses per semester. So you have the option to select 3 courses from the 80 courses offered per semester.

To give you an example, if you want to major in computer networks, then you can study majority of 12 courses related to computer networks.

So the bottom line is – there is no specific syllabus for each degree. Only syllabus guides or options but stating the minimum required units to graduate.

So you see, it’s very flexible to study at U.S. universities. The number of courses offered in a semester will vary between universities and the number of students in a department.

MS in CS Syllabus?

There is no single specific syllabus copy as universities in India have. You are just going to waste time by searching for one.

Instead of searching for a syllabus, find what areas of computer science interests you and find which U.S. schools that have good research in those areas.

For instance, you can search for software engineering, database, computer networks, wireless networks, operating systems, and so on.

16 Comments

  1. M PRASHANTH KUMAR on October 5, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    Hi sir r madum,
    I have completed in -2015 my graduation, specilazation in civil engineering.
    I want to do m.s in canada by taking computer science. So,can i eligible to it are not

  2. lakshmikanth on February 25, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Hi
    can anybody tell me if a B.com-mba (finance) guy eligible for MS (comp. sciense , MIS.. etc) in USA ?
    Thank you
    Regards
    Lakshmikanth

  3. hepsibah on December 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    hi.. am doing ma bca
    could i able to do ms in abroad after bca??
    and also please tel me the difference between ms education and career in india and usa.

  4. Harsh on September 5, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Hi!

    I read earlier posts in which various specializations were mentioned for M.S. in C.S.

    From those, I have shortlisted these –

    Distributed Database
    Computer Networking
    Information Security

    Please tell me –
    Which is the most demanding(plenty of opportunities in U.S. as well as India AS COMPARED to others) where salary is also good?
    Which specializtion is available in MOST of the GOOD universities?

    Please do reply…

  5. priya saxena on June 3, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    i am in 2nd year doing b.tech with cs .i want to do MS .which exams do i have to qualify.please give me the detailed procedure.

    • Niyathi on July 10, 2012 at 5:55 AM

      You need to write gre(graduate record exam) and TOFEL

  6. anush on April 26, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    i’m doing my B.E (ISE) 2nd sem in Bangalore ,want to do MS for better salary so which course should i choose? Which are the exams that I should take up for entry in top universities abroad.. Which books are preferable for preparing for these exams?

  7. Gunj on February 27, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Currently in TE Electronics
    planning to pursue Ms. in USA or UK.
    i am interested in Embedded systems.
    can you suggest me some courses & universities.

  8. Ravali on December 12, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    Hello,
    I am doing B.tech 3rd in Electronics and Communication Engineering.I want to do MS in CS.What is the procedure for transfer of the branch?

  9. Nilesh Prabhu on August 31, 2010 at 12:59 AM

    I have completed my BE(EXTC), Then Post Graduation Diploma in Advance Computing (CDAC).

    I am looking forward for MS IN Computer Science From Indian Institute.

    1)Is there any Indian institute which provide MS In Computer Science Or Computer Application?

    2)What is selection process for MS in India?

    3)What is syllabus for same?

    4)what is fee structure?

    Please help me with above question . I have search lot for it. but did not get much information about it.

    please guide me

  10. Hemant on May 25, 2010 at 3:34 AM

    Hi Eveyone,
    I want to Do MS in Network Security can anyone help me in which category does it falls(Means Computer Science OR MIS OR ….etc) and what subjects does it include's. Thank you

    Regards,

    Hemant Rashimalalu

  11. srinivas soma on January 7, 2010 at 3:23 AM

    Please give me one sop for applying network design and computer Management programme & for ms in computer programme

  12. rhushikeshsaoji on October 10, 2009 at 12:05 AM

    HI

    Can anyone give me the overview of the syllabus of MS in MIS in USA what exactly the course contents…what are the deadlines for applyting for fall 2010 because m not able to search it due to my GRE i know i can do it myself but cant do so please help

    thanking you

  13. vishwas tejnath on April 21, 2009 at 7:43 PM

    Hi.. how is the scope for freshers for the time being to enter into the universities?If so,can i know the requirements?

  14. Anupam Chugh on April 21, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Hi ! I applied for fall'09 to six universties amongst which 3 were dream and three average. I got admit from one only, that too they rejected as i didn't communicate inbetween for a month(thats what i think).How long should i wait for the results of other universities?

    Since i am in canada now, i plan to study further here only.I wanted to go to US as I thought that education there is the best. How do u compare US & Canadian education?

  15. abdulahi on April 20, 2009 at 11:23 PM

    my name abdulahi i am somal i interest to one of to study copmuter science so that how can i applly. in addition requirment and procedur

    Best Regards

    Abdulahi

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