Students seeking admission to the masters program who do not have an undergraduate degree in computer science may be required to take from 1 to 4 courses as deficiencies, and will be expected to earn a grade of B or higher in these courses.
The diagram below summarizes the requirements for the degree. See Areas of Emphasis for more information about each emphasis.
Students pursuing the MS in Computer Science are required to take courses preparing them for a comprehensive examination near the end of their program of study. To this end, students must take courses in either one or two areas of emphasis . The procedure for taking comps is as follows:
You must submit an application to the Graduate School to graduate. Application to graduate is now done via MyNIU. The Graduate School website is www.grad.niu.edu , where you can find the deadline for applications.
Note that the deadline will be earlier than you might guess. For example, the deadline for Spring graduation may be in November 1. The deadline for Summer (i.e. August) graduation is often April 1. Please check the Graduate School website for exact dates.
With regard to "walking" in a ceremony in May for August graduation, you should check with the Graduate School to determine their current policy.