Dec 11, 2023
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers a grad track option for existing UNT undergraduate students majoring in computer engineering.
In this grad track option, the student can take a maximum of nine (9) credit hours of graduate courses while completing the BS degree. After earning the BS degree, these credit hours can be counted toward the MS degree. Prior to registering for these courses, the student must be admitted to the grad track option and obtain approvals from the undergraduate and graduate coordinators.
Admission requirements and program policies
Students applying to the grad track option should be majors in the department’s Computer Engineering, BS program. Students are eligible for acceptance at the end of their junior year. Approval will be considered once a student has completed at least 75 credit hours (one benchmark is whether or not the student is ready for CSE Senior Design in the following fall semester). Other requirements include:
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher is required at the time of application.
- Average minimum GPA of 3.5 for all computer engineering core courses (CSCE 2610 , CSCE 3600 , and either CSCE 3612 or CSCE 3730 )
- Three letters of recommendation from computer science and engineering faculty members.
- A statement of purpose is required.
The student’s application will be reviewed by an undergraduate and a graduate coordinator in computer science and engineering. Once approved by the CSE coordinators, the student must apply to the Toulouse Graduate School within the first semester of the senior year.
After completing at least 90 credit hours, the student can start taking the accepted graduate courses as technical electives for the BS degree. If the student wants to take other graduate courses for grad track credits, he or she will need to obtain approvals from both the undergraduate and graduate CSE coordinators. For these graduate courses to be counted for the MS degree, the student must earn a grade of B or higher for each course. Courses cross-listed as graduate/undergraduate must be taken at the graduate level to be counted for graduate credit.
Students admitted to the grad track option will be admitted into the MS program on a conditional basis. Once the student has satisfied all course work for the BS degree and maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher, he or she will be fully admitted. Undergraduate students who have been accepted to a grad track program should complete all of the bachelor’s degree requirements and graduate within 12 months of the first day of the semester for which they began taking graduate courses, or enrollment in graduate level course work will be suspended.
Students must enroll in graduate school in the long semester after finishing the BS degree and should take the remaining graduate courses in the following year(s) to complete the MS degree. If the student does not enroll in graduate school in the long semester after finishing the BS degree, those graduate course credit hours will not be counted for the MS degree, even if the student comes back for graduate school in the future.
The student is required to take three of the courses listed below in the fourth year of the program:
- CSCE 5050 - Applications of Cryptography
- CSCE 5200 - Information Retrieval and Web Search
- CSCE 5210 - Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence
- CSCE 5215 - Machine Learning
- CSCE 5220 - Computer Graphics
- CSCE 5250 - Introduction to Game Programming
- CSCE 5255 - Programming Math and Physics for Games
- CSCE 5260 - 3D Game Programming
- CSCE 5265 - Advanced Topics in Game Development
- CSCE 5290 - Natural Language Processing
- CSCE 5350 - Fundamentals of Database Systems
- CSCE 5380 - Data Mining
- CSCE 5400 - Formal Languages, Automata and Computability
- CSCE 5430 - Software Engineering
- CSCE 5450 - Programming Languages
- CSCE 5510 - Wireless Communications
- CSCE 5520 - Wireless Networks and Protocols
- CSCE 5550 - Introduction to Computer Security
- CSCE 5555 - Computer Forensics
- CSCE 5560 - Secure Electronic Commerce
- CSCE 5585 - Network Security
- CSCE 5610 - Computer System Architecture
- CSCE 5620 - Real-Time Operating Systems
- CSCE 5640 - Operating System Design
- CSCE 5650 - Compiler Design
- CSCE 5655 - Principles of Compiler Optimization
- CSCE 5730 - Digital CMOS VLSI Design
- CSCE 5810 - Biocomputing
- CSCE 5820 - Computational Epidemiology
All remaining courses for Computer Engineering, BS must be completed.