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Computer Science

Important Note: This is the archived version of the 2012–2014 Graduate Catalog. The information on these pages was archived on August 22, 2012 and will not be updated as requirement and/or program changes are approved.

Admission Requirements Degree Requirements

Mailing Address:
Department of Computer Science (MC 152)
851 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7053

Campus Location: Department Office 1120 SEO; Student Affairs Office 905 SEO
Program Codes: 20FS0112MS (MS); 20FS0112PHD (PhD)
Telephone: (312) 996-2290 or (312) 413-4950
Web Site:
Head of the Department: Robert Sloan, Head
Director of Graduate Studies: Robert Kenyon

The Department of Computer Science offers graduate programs leading to Computer Science degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels. The department offers a comprehensive range of courses in the field of computer science. Special emphases lie in the areas of artificial intelligence, computational biology, databases, graphics and human-computer interaction, networks, security, software engineering, and theoretical computer science. Consult the CS Graduate Student Manual for current requirements, policies, and regulations. Updated information about the faculty, staff, curriculum, and courses is found on the CS Web site

The department maintains and provides full-time technical staff for several specialized research laboratories, many housed in the Engineering Research Facility. The laboratories contain over 300 workstations and servers and an extensive array of computer-based multimedia equipment. All departmental computing facilities are networked to general university computing resources and national networks, which permits high-speed access to such facilities.

Admission Requirements

Applications are considered on an individual basis by the Graduate Admissions Committee. A complete set of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work is required before an applicant is considered. In addition to the application requirements of the Office of Admissions and Records and the policies set by the Graduate College, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

Master of Science

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

Master of Science

Doctor of Philosophy


The department offers guarantees of multiple-year teaching and/or research assistantships each year to highly qualified, new PhD students. These assistantships will provide a stipend of at least $17,393 per academic year, plus tuition and fee waivers.