Program Requirements for Admission

Program Requirements for Admission

Note: In addition to the general prerequisites for admission to the Graduate School, the following is required by this degree program:

Requirements More Information
GPA A minimum GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
Education
  • A baccalaureate degree in Computer Science or a related field from an accredited institution.
  • While a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science is not required, admission without deficiency requires that an applicant has completed the following courses or approved equivalents. If these courses are not taken before admission to the program, they may be taken at Penn State Harrisburg, but the student will receive at most 3 credits toward the M.S. degree for these courses.
    • Analysis of Algorithms (CMPSC 463)
    • Operating Systems (CMPSC 472)
    • Database Design (CMPSC 430)
    • Linear or Matrix Algebra (MATH 430)
  • In addition, the following courses are required for admission without deficiency. If these courses or approved equivalents are not taken before admission to the program, they may be taken at Penn State Harrisburg, but no credit from these courses will be applied toward the M.S. degree.
    • Calculus, one year (MATH 140 and 141)
    • Discrete Mathematics (CMPSC 360)
Supporting Materials
  • Three letters of reference, at least one of which is from an academic source.
  • A letter outlining significant work experience and academic and career objectives.
  • At the discretion of the program, students may be required to provide scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and/or the GRE subject test in computer science.
  • GRE test scores are required for those indicating interest in an assistantship.

 

Application Deadline

Semester Deadline
Fall May 31
Spring September 30