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Graduate Program

Graduation Requirements and Procedures for the M.S. Degree


  • 11 Graduate-level courses totaling at least 31 credit hours are required for the degree. Students must attain a 3.0 GPA to graduate and no courses with grades lower than C count toward graduation.
  • Of the 10 courses, no more than 2 may be from outside the Department and those courses must be closely related to and contain substantial content in computer science.
  • Of the 10 courses, no more than 2 courses may be transferred from other institutions.
  • In total, no more than two courses from outside the department can count toward the degree.
  • In each case, the Department will decide what courses outside the Department will qualify.

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.

Applying for Graduation

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.