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  Camden Graduate Catalog 2016-2018 Graduate School-Camden Computer Science 198 Degree Requirements  

Degree Requirements

The master of science degree program (M.S.) in scientific computing requires 30 credits, of which 6 credits are thesis credits. The coursework consists of a common core of four required courses that relate to all scientific computing applications and four elective courses that focus on specific applications.

For students whose background is not in computer science, two background courses are available. These background courses are not required for students who have taken equivalent courses in their bachelor's degrees. Credits from background courses do not count toward the 30 credits required for the M.S. in scientific computing.

Core courses (four courses, 12 credits)

  • 50:198:541 Parallel, Distributed, Grid, and Cloud Computing (3)
  • 50:198:561 Optimization Methods (3)
  • 50:198:562 Big Data Algorithms (3)
  • 50:198:565 Numerical Methods (3)
Elective courses (four courses, 12 credits)

The complete list of elective courses for the M.S. in scientific computing is available at Other graduate-level courses (500-level and above) offered at Rutgers University-Camden, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, or Rutgers University-Newark may be approved as elective courses on an individual basis by the graduate program director. Students may enroll in a maximum of 9 credits in courses outside of the Graduate School-Camden(school code 56).

Background courses

  • 56:198:500 Introduction to Programming for Computational Scientists (3)
  • 56:198:501 Introduction to Algorithms for Computational Scientists (3)
Thesis (6 credits)

Students will conduct a project and write a master's thesis under the supervision of a faculty adviser. Thesis work will be carried out over two consecutive semesters (3 credits per semester). At the end of the second semester, the thesis and an oral presentation of the thesis project will be assessed by a committee of graduate faculty members.

Graduation Requirements

  • Minimum of 30 credits to be completed, which must include 6 thesis credits.
  • Grade Requirements: To graduate, the student must receive a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in the required 30 graduate credits. No more than 6 credits with grades of C or C+ may be used in meeting the requirements of the master's degree.
  • Thesis Requirements: The6 thesis credits must receive a grade of B or better. All thesis work must be completed and defended by the end of the second semester of registration for thesis credits. In the event that the thesis defense in not successful, the candidate will be granted a one-month extension to complete and defend the thesis again. If the second attempt is also unsuccessful, the candidate will receive a C grade on all 6 thesis credits. The candidate will then have the option of completing 6 additional credits through coursework. In this case, the requirement that no more than 6 credits with grades of C or C+ are counted toward the master's degree implies that all 30 nonthesis credits must have a grade of B or better.
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