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SCHOOL OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
GRADUATE
 

Dean: David L. Feinstein (251-460-6390)

Director, CIS Graduate Studies: R. J. Daigle
Coordinators: Daigle (ISC), Doran (CSC), Owen (ITE)
Professors: Daigle, Doran, Feinstein, Longenecker
Associate Professors: Langan, Pardue
Assistant Professors: Hain, Landry, Moulton, Owen, Simmons, Sweeney
Instructors: Allen, Chapman, Denton, McKinney, Vest
 
School of Computer and Information Sciences web site
 
 
THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES PROGRAM
The Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences degree program is designed for students and professionals wishing to further their knowledge and expertise in computer science. There are two major areas of concentration within the degree program:
1. COMPUTER SCIENCE (CSC) for students interested in the theoretical aspects of the discipline with an emphasis on the construction of system software or the development of scientific applications using software engineering principles.
2. INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ISC) for students interested in business and organizational applications and information systems management.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Students are admitted each semester. The following criteria supplement the Graduate School criteria (see Categories of Admission).
 
REGULAR ADMISSION
Students must satisfy either:
1. A minimum total of 6000 admission points, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (A=4.0) in all undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 400 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination, using the following formula:
Admission Points = (undergraduate GPA total x 1000) + (combined verbal and quantitative GRE score x 3.0)
    Or    
2. An earned graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education may qualify the applicant for regular standing.
 
PROVISIONAL ADMISSION
Students must satisfy:

A minimum total of 5500 admission points, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (A=4.0) in all undergraduate courses or 2.75 on the last 64 semester hours of college work, a minimum score of 400 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination, using the following formula:

Admission Points = (undergraduate GPA total x 1000) + (combined verbal and quantitative GRE score x 3.0)
 
APPLICANTS WITHOUT CIS UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES
Applicants without undergraduate degrees in CIS may be admitted to the graduate program as specified above. Applicants who have not completed all prerequisite computing and supporting requirements will be prescribed courses from a set of CIS Graduate foundation courses and a set of required supporting courses in addition to the regular degree requirements. Each prescribed course must be completed with a minimum grade of B. The CIS foundation and required supporting courses (undergraduate equivalents are listed in parenthesis) for each specialization are enumerated below:
1. CIS GRADUATE FOUNDATION COURSES:
A. Courses common to Computer Science (CSC) and Information Systems (ISC) Specializations
Five (5) CIS Foundation courses common to both CSC and ISC specializations are as follows:
  a. CIS 501 Accelerated Programming,
    (CIS 120, Problem Solving and
      122 Programming Concepts I,
    CIS 121 II & Labs,
      123)  
  b. CIS 502 Accelerated Operating  Systems and Computer  Architecture,
    (CIS 220) (Computer Organization),
      And  
    (CIS 322) (Operating Systems),
  c. CIS 503 Accelerated Data and File Structures,
    (CIS 230) (Adv Data and File  Structures),
  d. CIS 504 Accelerated Networks and Communications,
    (CIS 321) (Data Comm and  Networking),
  e. CIS 507 Database Programming,
    (CIS 324) (Database Design, Development, and  Management)
B. Computer Science (CSC)
  There is one additional CIS Foundation course for the CSC specialization:
    CIS 505, Programming Languages,
    (CIS 333) Program Language Theory),
      And  
    (CIS 434) (Formal Language and Automata Theory),
C. Information Systems (ISC)
  There is one additional CIS Foundation course for the ISC specialization:
    CIS 506 IS in Organizations  (No undergraduate  equivalent)
2. REQUIRED SUPPORTING COURSES:
  The supporting courses required for each specialization area are as follows.
  a. COMPUTER SCIENCE (CSC)COMPUTER SCIENCE (CSC)
    MA 125 Calculus I,
    MA 126 Calculus II,
    MA 267 Discrete Math,
      And  
    ST 315 Statistics
  b. INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ISC)
    MA 120 Calculus and its  Applications,
    ACC 500 Financial Accounting,
    (ACC 211 Principles of Accounting I)
    MGT 340 Organizational Behavior,
      And  
    MGT 545 Statistical Analysis
    (BUS 245 (Applied Business
      255) Statistics I, II)
 
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
International students must submit documentary evidence showing TOEFL test scores of at least 525 or an equivalent level of competence as exhibited by a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in the United States. All international students will be required to take the ESL (English as a Second Language) examination and may be required to enroll in ESL courses as part of their graduate program in addition to the normal requirements for the degree listed below.
 
CHOICE OF CATALOGUE UNDER WHICH A STUDENT GRADUATES
Students entering the CIS program may choose any catalogue from their entry date to their time of graduation. This applies for new students and transfer students. Students at the University of South Alabama changing their graduate specialization in CIS, changing their major to CIS, or who interrupt their program for more than one calendar year are considered new students with respect to catalogue selection.
 
WITHDRAWAL FROM A COURSE
A student cannot obtain more than two (2) WD’s from the same course. Enrollment in that course after two WD’s will necessitate the student’s completing the course. If the student withdraws for academic reasons after the third enrollment, the student will be dismissed from the program.
 
COURSES TAKEN OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
No more than three graduate courses, maúimum of nine (9) semester hours taken outside of the School of Computer and Information Sciences may be applied toward the degree. Only grades of “A” or “B” may be accepted. Transfer credit is approved only after completion of a minimum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit towards the degree. Any such transfer courses must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies for Computer and Information Sciences and the student’s advisor and may not have been used to fulfill the requirements of another graduate degree.
 
SCHEDULING OF COURSES
The graduate program for CIS is primarily an evening program. The courses are scheduled to accommodate full-time students (normally two or three courses per semester) and part-time students (one course per semester). Special topics, directed study, and thesis courses are available as they are needed.
 
TIME LIMITATION
All requirements for a graduate degree must be completed within five (5) calendar years from the date of matriculation as a CIS graduate student.
 
GRADUATE RESEARCH SEMINAR
The CIS Graduate Research Seminar is scheduled periodically during each semester as a forum for students and faculty to present and discuss research issues, ideas, and results. Attendance is expected of all graduate students. For students enrolled in these special courses: CIS 518, CIS 594, CIS 595, CSC 595, ISC 595, CIS 598, CSC 598, ISC 598, and CIS 599. Moreover students enrolled in these special courses are required to give a presentation each semester based on their work in the course in which they are enrolled.
 
PROFESSIONAL PARTICIPATION
Master’s students are expected to take an active part in at least one (1) professional computing organization. They are expected to be aware of the social impact of computing and adhere to the ACM/AITP code of ethics.
 
GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis and are awarded on the recommendation of the School of Computer and Information Sciences. Applications can be obtained from the CIS office.
 
COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
All CIS masters students must complete a comprehensive examination for the CORE courses in their Specialization (Computer Science or Information Systems). The comprehensive examination may be repeated no more than twice. A written examination is required of students who choose the Course Only Plan of Study, an oral examination is required of students who complete either the Thesis Plan of Study or the Project Plan of Study. A detailed description of the comprehensive examination requirements for each Plan of Study is as follows.
 
3. THESIS PLAN OF STUDY.
  All students in the Thesis Plan of Study must pass an oral comprehensive examination administered after the thesis has been accepted by the thesis committee. Acceptance to the THESIS PLAN OF STUDY may occur after successfully completing the core courses in the chosen specialization and CIS 518. Students must enroll in CIS 595 (Computer and Information Sciences Research Development) in the semester during which they defend their thesis prospectus. The thesis will normally be completed in one semester while enrolled in CIS 599 (Computer and Information Sciences Thesis). Students must enroll in CIS 599 in the semester during which they defend and/or submit their thesis. A grade of “C” in CIS 595 will result in dismissal from the THESIS PLAN OF STUDY to the COURSE ONLY PLAN OF STUDY.
4. PROJECT PLAN OF STUDY.
  All students in the Project Plan of Study must pass an oral comprehensive examination administered after the project has been accepted by the project committee. Acceptance to the PROJECT PLAN OF STUDY may occur after successfully completing the core courses in the chosen specialization and CIS 518. A required defense of the project proposal is normally made in the semester following completion of CIS 518. Students must enroll in CSC 595 (Computer Science Project Proposal Development) or ISC 595 (Information Systems Project Proposal Development), according to their specialization, in the semester during which they defend their project proposal The project will normally be completed in one semester while enrolled in CSC 598 (Computer Science Project) or ISC 598 (Information Systems Project), according to their specialization. Students must enroll in CSC 598 or ISC 598, according to their specialization, in the semester during which they defend and/or submit their project. A grade of “C” is CSC 595 or ISC 595 will result in dismissal from the PROJECT PLAN OF STUDY to the COURSE ONLY PLAN OF STUDY.
5. COURSE ONLY PLAN OF STUDY.
  All students in this Plan of Study must pass a written comprehensive examination before filing an application for graduation (A student must file an application for graduation with the Registrar’s Office two terms before expected degree completion-see University Calendar for deadlines). Students must take the examination as soon as possible after successfully completing the core courses in the chosen specialization and CIS 518. Students wishing to sit for the examination must apply online to the Director of CIS Graduate Studies by the Friday of the last week of classes in the semester prior to which the examination is to be taken. The site for the online application may be found by following the Links for Students selection on the School of CIS web site, http://www.cis.usouthal.edu. The policy regarding the comprehensive examination is available in the CIS office. The comprehensive examination is offered at least once a year.
 
GRADUATE SCHOOL STANDARDS
For all other graduate policies and procedures not specifically supplemented for the Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences degree program, refer to The Graduate School. Some policies and procedures that may be of interest are: Graduate Study for Advanced Undergraduates, Graduate School Academic Standards, Grade Standards, Change of Grade, Academic Dismissal, Final Grade Grievance Policy, Appeal Procedure, English Language Proficiency, Full Load of Course Work in a Semester, Change of Program, Student Responsibility, Degree Requirements for the Master’s Degree, Guidelines for Theses and Dissertations, Standards for Theses and Dissertations, and Application for Degree.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTERS DEGREE WITH COMPUTER SCIENCE (CSC) SPECIALIZATION
A total of thirty-six (36) credit hours are required for the degree. Twelve (12) hours of CORE courses, three (3) semester hours of REQUIRED courses, and twenty-one (21) semester hours according to the selected PLAN OF STUDY option as:
1. CORE COURSES (12 semester hours):
  All core courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “B”.
    CSC 520 Computer Architecture,
    CSC 522 Perform Eval of  Algorithms,
    CSC 525 Complexity Theory,
      And  
    CSC 527 Software Engineering Prin
         
2. REQUIRED COURSES (3 semester hours):
    CIS 518 CIS Research  Methodologies
 
3. PLANS OF STUDY (21 semester hours):
  A. THESIS PLAN OF STUDY.
  A maximum on nine (9) semester hours of CIS 595 and CIS 599 may be applied to the degree for the THESIS PLAN OF STUDY.
  a. Research Development
    A minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) semester hours credit of CIS 595, Computer and Information Sciences Research Development, may be applied towards the degree.
  b. Thesis
    A minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) semester hours credit of CIS 599, Computer and Information Sciences Thesis, may be applied towards the degree.
  c. Elective Course Work
    A minimum of twelve (12) and a maximum of fifteen (15) semester hours of approved electives. A list of pre-approved Computer Science electives is given in this section.
  B. PROJECT PLAN OF STUDY.
  A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of CSC 595 and CSC 598 may be applied to the degree for the PROJECT PLAN OF STUDY.
  a. Project Proposal Development
    A minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) semester hours credit of CSC 595, Computer Science Project Proposal Development, may be applied towards the degree.
  b. Project
    A minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) semester hours credit of CSC 598, Computer Science Project, may be applied towards the degree.
  c. Elective Course Work
    A minimum of twelve (12) and a maximum of fifteen (15) semester hours of approved electives. A list of pre-approved Computer Science electives is given in this section.
  C. COURSE ONLY PLAN OF STUDY.
  Twenty-one (21) semester hours of approved electives are required. A list of pre-approved Computer Science electives is given in this section.
 
4. PRE-APPROVED COMPUTER SCIENCE ELECTIVES
    CSC 510 Compiler Design & Const,
    CSC 511 Comm & Network  Analysis,
    CSC 512 Real-Time Software  Systems,
    CSC 513 Computer Graphics,
    CSC 514 Modeling and Simulation,
    CSC 515 Numerical Analysis,
    CSC 524 Computer Language  Design,
    CSC 526 Database Structure &  Design,
    CSC 532 Advanced Operating  Systems,
    CSC 533 Artificial Intelligence and  Heuristic Programming,
    ISC 559 Info Systems Applications Design and  Implementation
    ISC 561 Info Systems Database Mgt
    ISC 563 Info Systems Database  Administration
         
A maximum of six (6) credit hours of the following courses may be applied to the degree for the COURSE ONLY PLAN OF STUDY:
    CIS 594 Directed Study,
    CIS 595 Computer Science Research Development,
    CSC 595 Computer Science Project Proposal Development
    CIS 598 Computer and Info Sci Project
         
REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTERS DEGREE WITH INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ISC) SPECIALIZATION:
A total of thirty-six (36) credit hours are required for the degree. Twelve (12) hours of CORE courses, nine (9) semester hours of REQUIRED courses, and fifteen (15) semester hours according to the selected PLAN OF STUDY option as:
1. CORE COURSES (12 semester hours):
  All core courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “B”.
    ISC 551 Human/Computer  Interface Design,
    ISC 560 Info Systems Analysis,
    ISC 561 Info Systems Database Mgt,
      And  
    ISC 565 Info Systems Project and  Change Mgt.
2. REQUIRED COURSES (9 semester hours):
    CIS 518 CIS Research  Methodologies
    ISC 559 Applications Design and Implementation
    ISC 562 Info Systems Design
         
3. PLANS OF STUDY (15 semester hours):
  A. THESIS PLAN OF STUDY.
  A maximum on nine (9) semester hours of CIS 595 and CIS 599 may be applied to the degree for the THESIS PLAN OF STUDY.
  a. Research Development
    A minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) semester hours credit of CIS 595, Computer and Information Sciences Research Development, may be applied towards the degree.
  b. Thesis
    A minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) semester hours credit of CIS 599, Computer and Information Sciences Thesis, may be applied towards the degree.
  c. Elective Course Work
    A minimum of six (6) and a maximum of nine (9) semester hours of approved electives. A list of pre-approved Information Systems electives is given in this section.
  B. PROJECT PLAN OF STUDY.
  A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of ISC 595 and ISC 598 may be applied to the degree for the PROJECT PLAN OF STUDY.
  a. Project Proposal Development
    A minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) semester hours credit of ISC 595, Information Systems Project Proposal Development, may be applied towards the degree.
  b. Project
    A minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) semester hours credit of ISC 598, Information Systems Project, may be applied towards the degree.
  c. Elective Course Work
    A minimum of six (6) and a maximum of nine (9) semester hours of approved electives. A list of pre-approved Information Systems electives is given in this section.
  C. COURSE ONLY PLAN OF STUDY.
  Fifteen (15) semester hours of approved electives are required. A list of pre-approved Information Systems electives is given in this section.
     
4. PRE-APPROVED INFORMATION SYSTEMS ELECTIVES
    ICS 553 Info Systems web site Mgt.
    ISC 557 Modeling and Decision  Support Systems
    ISC 563 Info Systems Database  Admin,
    ISC 571 Info Systems Data  Warehousing and  Decision Support,
    CSC 511 Communications and  Network Analysis
    CSC 514 Modeling and Simulation,
    CSC 527 Software Engineering Prin.
    CSC 533 Artificial Intelligence and  Heuristic Programming,
A maximum of six (6) credit hours of the following courses may be applied to the degree of the COURSE ONLY PLAN OF STUDY:
    CIS 594 Directed Study,
    CIS 595 Computer Science  Research Development,
    ISC 595 Info Systems Project  Proposal Development,
    CIS 598 Computer & Information Sciences Project,
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF COMPUTER SCIENCES COURSES ARE FOUND AS FOLLOWS:
 

 


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