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Master of Science in Computer Science

A program of study leading to the Master of Science in Computer Science is offered jointly by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Clarkson University. With unique strengths in Engineering, Science, and Business, Clarkson is in a position to offer students an exceptional opportunity to study computer science in an interdisciplinary environment. Courses are offered in a wide variety of areas, ranging from theoretical topics in computer science to design and layout of VLSI components. Students having an undergraduate background with appropriate computer science content are invited to apply. The regular load for a full time student, including research credit towards the M.S. degree, is normally 30 credit hours per calendar year. Thirty credit hours and a thesis are required for the M.S. degree.

The faculty supporting this program represents a wide variety of research areas. Among these are algebraic theory of automata, algorithms, artificial intelligence, automata and formal language theory, automated deduction, Boolean circuits, complexity theory, computational learning theory, computer aided design, computer architecture, distributed artificial intelligence, expert systems, finite element methods, finite model theory, genetic programming, hardware and software verification, high speed network architectures, intelligent tutoring systems, machine learning, multi-agent systems, multigrid and spectral methods in numerical analysis, multimedia appli-cations, net-worked computing, parallel and distributed computing, programming environments, semantics, virtual reality, and VLSI CAD.

Research Facilities
The Department of Electrical and Computer ineering and the Department of Mathe-matics and Engineering and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science are both located in close proximity to each other and to the Educational Resources Center, which houses the University's library and computing center. The research computing environment comprises several networks of work-stations including a group of Sun SPARC stations, a large number of IBM RS/6000 Power Stations, and high performance graphics work-stations. All of these workstations are networked, and all have access to the Internet. In addition, research is conducted in specialized laboratories supporting work in Interactive Intelligent Systems, Motion Control and Robotics, Parallel and Distributed Intelligent Systems, and Virtual Reality.

Financial Aid
Teaching assistantships and research assistantships are offered to a limited number of highly qualified applicants. Assistantships will carry a stipend plus a full tuition waiver. For those students who have not been awarded assistantships, tuition scholarships of up to 40% of the graduate school tuition may be granted based on the student's record and potential for success.


Apartments are readily available within walking distance at reasonable monthly rates. For questions concerning housing, students are advised to consult Residence Life as soon as possible at Box 5638.


A minimum of 30 credit hours is required for the M.S. degree, including thesis credit, and the thesis must be presented in an oral defense. The normal program of study for research assistants and teaching assistants during each semester of the academic year is a minimum of nine credit hours, at least one of which is thesis. Students who are not fully prepared to pursue graduate work in Computer Science may be required to take additional course work for which graduate credit will not be given. An advisory committee whose membership is drawn from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science administers the M.S. degree program in Computer Science. This committee approves each student's program of study.

Each of the departments participating in the Computer Science graduate program has an active seminar series. Seminars on a wide variety of topics are held regularly, and graduate students are expected to attend. These seminar series attract nationally and internationally known scholars to discuss their recent research with Clarkson faculty and students.

How to Apply

Applications for admission and financial aid should be submitted by March 15 for fall enrollment and by October 15 for spring enrollment, to the address below. Foreign students for whom English is not the native language are required to submit TOEFL; those applying for teaching assistantships must also submit a TSE score. GRE scores are also required.

For additional information and application forms, prospective students should write to:
Tess Casler
School of Arts & Sciences Graduate Coordinator
Clarkson University
PO Box 5802
Potsdam, New York 13699-5802

Phone: 315-268-3802
Fax: 315-268-7994