The divisional-level academic course plan for each student will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The committee will include the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty such that the LSU Graduate School’s requirements for graduate committees are satisfied.
The degree is a thesis/non-thesis degree requiring a thesis/special project. The MS program offers a core concentration in Computer Science, a concentration in Computational Science, and a concentration in Systems Science. In any case, 37 hours of credit at the graduate level must be earned including 12 hours of credit for the thesis (CSC 8000), or 6 hours for non-thesis project (CSC 7090). The curricular requirements include:
- A core requirement of 9 credit hours with 3 hours in each of the three core areas.
- For non-thesis option: at least 21 additional hours, exclusive of any type of independent study (CSC 7999) credit.
- For thesis option: at least 15 additional hours, exclusive of any type of independent study (CSC 7999) credit.
- Earned credit in the graduate seminar course, CSC 7800 .
For each concentration and option, at least half of the courses (including both core and electives taken) must be at the 7000 level. The student must submit a written MS thesis/project report and pass the final exam in which the student defends the MS thesis/project in front of the advisory committee.