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Master of Science in Computer Science

Earn your master’s in computer science through the UL Lafayette Center for Advanced Computer Studies.


All computer science master's students are required to take a course in the design and analysis of algorithms. The rest of your courses should be decided with your advisor.

Coursework Track

You will be required to complete 33 credit hours plus 3 hours of seminar credit to graduate.

Special Project or Thesis Tracks

If you are completing your degree on campus, you may also complete a special project or a thesis.

● The project track requires 33 hours of coursework, 3 of which are special project credit, plus 3 hours of seminar credit.
● The thesis track requires 24 hours of coursework plus 6 hours of thesis credit and 3 hours of seminar credit.

Center for Advanced Computer Studies

Our master’s in computer science is offered through the University’s Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS). Through the Center for Advanced Computer Studies, we combine the computer engineering master's program and the computer science master's program under one research-focused umbrella. This unique structure provides students with the opportunity to learn about both areas while focusing on research and coursework in either computer engineering or computer science.

UL Lafayette was the first University to combine the two related, but distinct, disciplines.

CACS makes its research laboratories and equipment available to students and maintains close working relationships with several research centers like the Informatics Research Institute (IRI), Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE), and the UL NASA Regional Application Center (RAC).


To enter the computer science master's program, knowledge of certain undergraduate computer science topics and computing-related mathematics is required.

In addition to meeting the Graduate School’s requirements, the Center for Advanced Computer studies expects:

  • A four-year bachelor’s degree, preferably in computer science, computer or electrical engineering, or a related field (with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A statement of purpose is optional but recommended, especially if you are interested in research

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Graduate Coordinators

Dr. Christoph Borst (Applications)
Phone: (337) 482-1023
Oliver Hall, Room 342

Dr. Sheng Chen (Post-Admissions)
Phone: (337) 482-5807
Oliver Hall, Room 236