Computer Science
Application Deadlines
Fall:December 15
Winter:July 15
Contact Information: 
3361 TMCB
Program Requirements: 

Mission Statement. Students in the Master of Science program in the Computer Science Department are prepared to be technical problem solvers, are competent in the state of the art, and have mastered a particular aspect of Computer Science.  All students are active in at least one of the Department's research labs and work closely with a faculty advisor in the completion of their M.S. thesis.  Consequently, they are able to engage in further research where computers will have a significant impact.  M.S. graduates are an asset to their employers as they demonstrate increased insight into solving problems, and are able to manage and complete significant projects.  Graduates are prepared with a solid background in both theoretical foundations and practical training for the lifelong learning necessary in this fast-moving field.

Requirements for Degree.

  • Credit hours (30): minimum 24 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (C S 699R).
  • Required courses: determined in consultation with graduate committee.
  • Thesis: departmental acceptance of thesis proposal before beginning thesis research.
  • Examinations: oral defense of thesis.
  • While in the MS program, students are expected to make steady and satisfactory progress toward their degree. Progress reviews take place three times each year. Students who fail to make appropriate progress will be dropped from the program.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Test


International Applicants:

All international applicants applying to the Computer Science program must have had their completed IERF foreign credential evaluation received by BYU Graduate Studies, before the applicable program application deadline, in order to be eligible for admission.

Program Outcomes: 

Community Research Skills

Students participate in the local research culture and contribute according to common community standards.

Professional Preparation

Students fulfill an approved study list that prepares them for their career.

Mastery of Topic

Students develop independent mastery of an advanced topic.

Effective Reading Skills

Students demonstrate an ability to read and understand the current literature.

Effective Writing and Communication

Students are able to write and communicate ideas well.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 82
International 10
Female 12
LDS 79
Minority 8
BYU Undergraduate 67
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GMAT Composite Score 710.0
GMAT Quantitative Score 50.0
GMAT Quantitative Percentile 88.0
GMAT Verbal Score 38.0
GMAT Verbal Percentile 85.0
GMAT Analytical Score 5.0
GMAT Analytical Percentile 60.0
GMAT Integrated Score 7.0
GMAT Integrated Percentile 81.0
LSAT Composite Score 167.0
GRE Composite Score 322.5
GRE Quantitative Score 161.5
GRE Quantitative Percentile 80.8
GRE Verbal Score 161.0
GRE Verbal Percentile 83.0
GRE Analytical Score 4.1
GRE Analytical Percentile 56.8
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 3.2
Graduated Per Year 15.8
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 38.6
Admitted Per Year 28.0
Percent Admitted 72.54
Average GPA 3.63