Computer Science

MS in Computer Science - Entrepreneurship Option

Entrepreneurship Option

This is a Master’s Degree Option within the Computer Science Graduate Program. It is directed to people with a strong undergraduate background in Computer Science who are interested in both deepening their technical knowledge and in understanding the tools required for developing a company directed towards software services and products.

Admission Requirements: as specified in the Catalog for admission to the MS programin Computer Science.

MS Requirements

Non-thesis option:

  • 7 courses from Computer Science, satisfying the MS core and distribution requirements. (total of 21 credits)
  • 3 College of Management courses (total of 9 credits) chosen from:
    • 64.650: Innovation and Emerging Technologies (3 credit)
    • 62.630: Market Research for Entrepreneurs (3 credit)
    • 61.640: Financing Innovation and Technology Ventures (3 credit)
    • 66.630: New Product Development (3 credit)

and taken within the first two semesters of full-time study (first six graduate courses).

1 course from either Computer Science or Management, as deemed appropriate in consultation with the faculty advisor(s). (3 credits)

Total Credits: 33

Thesis option:

  • 6 courses (18 credits) from Computer Science, satisfying the MS core and distribution requirements.
  • 3 College of Management courses (9 credits) chosen from:
    • 64.650: Innovation and Emerging Technologies (3 credit)
    • 62.630: Market Research for Entrepreneurs (3 credit)
    • 61.640: Financing Innovation and Technology Ventures (3 credit)
    • 66.630: New Product Development (3 credit)

and taken within the first two semesters of full-time study (first six graduate courses).

  • 6 credits of Master’s Thesis. The primary advisor shall be from CS, with a member of the thesis committee from the College of Management. The thesis will articulate the results of appropriate market research, a detailed business plan, and will deliver a prototype of a product. A course taken from either CS or Management could substitute for 3 thesis credits, if approved by both advisors as being critical for the thesis.

Total Credits: 33