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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science with concentrations in Executive Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Data Science or Game Programming, MS

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The Executive Master of Science concentrations at Frisco under the Computer Science major provide an opportunity for experienced professionals to obtain a high-quality master’s degree in Computer Science targeted toward industry professionals of today and tomorrow.

A unique aspect of the EMCS program is the collective-professional experience of its participants, which greatly enriches the educational environment. A team approach is often used to allow for sharing of diverse perspectives on various topics; this interaction results in challenging and stimulating experience providing for maximum return on time and resources invested.

Admission requirements

Admission deadlines

Before being admitted to a master’s program in the College of Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the applicant must meet the requirements for admission to the Toulouse Graduate School. All EMCS students seeking on-time registration must submit application materials by April 1 to be considered for the following fall. Students submitting applications after the dates specified by the Toulouse Graduate School, if accepted, will have to register during the late registration period and pay a late registration fee.

Procedure for applying

A number of factors are considered in selecting candidates for the EMCS program. In most cases, each applicant is evaluated holistically on his or her professional performance, academic records, GRE scores, professional recommendations and a demonstrated ability to accomplish graduate-level course work. EMCS students typically enter the program with five or more years of professional and/or industrial experience.

Evaluation of students for admission to an EMCS program is a very individualized process. While test scores, grade point averages and other objective criteria are all considered, a prospective student’s background, work experience, career goals, desire to succeed and numerous other factors are considered in making an admission decision.

Applicants should complete the requirements listed below and meet the deadlines set forth in “Admission Deadlines” above.

  1. Obtain admission to the university and the Toulouse Graduate School by filing the following items with the Toulouse Graduate School:
  • complete official transcripts of college and university credits;
  • online application for admission to the Toulouse Graduate School; and 
  • results of the GRE test. Evidence of high professional and educational success may be considered in lieu of the GRE test.

Applicants whose native language is not English must either present a score of at least 90 (Internet version) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or be a graduate of a college or university in the United States.

  1. The following additional admission materials are submitted to the CSE Graduate Committee:
  • essay - please share your career goals and how the EMCS program at UNT will help you achieve them. Include qualifications that you feel distinguish your candidacy and will add value to the class;
  • two letters of recommendation (typically from a member of senior level management and above);
  • resume (work/academic experience); and
  • letter of support (signed on company letterhead from an authorized representative of the applicant’s firm).

Applications forwarded by the Toulouse Graduate School cannot be considered until the above information is submitted.

Applications and supporting documentation will be reviewed using a holistic approach by the CSE Graduate Committee. The Graduate Committee will notify applicants of their status once the information has been reviewed. Applicants may also check the status by visiting

Degree requirements

Background requirements

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and admission to the UNT Toulouse Graduate School are needed for graduate standing. The Executive Master of Science in Computer Science concentration requires, as a minimum background, the equivalent of the Common Body of Knowledge in Computer Science. Students may have acquired this background in their undergraduate programs by completion of courses equivalent in content to UNT’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering requirements for the bachelor’s degree in computer science.

Graduate students should remove any deficiencies by completing leveling courses designed for this purpose. Contact the CSE Graduate Committee for any current changes in these courses. These leveling courses follow:

  • CSCE 1030 Computer Science I
  • CSCE 1040 Computer Science II
  • CSCE 2100 Computing Foundations I
  • CSCE 2110 Computer Foundations II
  • CSCE 2610 Assembly Language and Computer Organization
  • CSCE 3110 Data Structures and Algorithms

Program requirements, 30 hours

Students must complete 30 hours of graduate courses in computer science and engineering, including 18 hours in one of the concentration areas described below and 12 hours of electives.

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