The University of Virginia's Computer Science graduate program aims to produce well-educated researchers, teachers, and future leaders in Computer Science. Graduate degrees are a certification by the faculty that the student has a broad education in Computer Science and has performed original research in the area.
Computer Science offers the degrees of Master of Science (MS), Master of Computer Science (MCS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The MS degree requires course work plus a formal thesis. The MCS degree is based on courses, but students have the option and indeed are encouraged to conduct a substantial project. In either case, course requirements differ slightly for students applying only for the MS/MCS, versus those accepted for PhD study. Please note that a prior masters degree is not a prerequisite for applying to the PhD program. The PhD degree culminates with the student writing and defending a dissertation based on the result of independent, original research that makes a significant scholarly contribution to the student's field of study.
The official departmental requirements for the Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science are detailed in our graduate handbook. These requirements are in addition to the requirements of the School of Engineering and Applied Science that are outlined in the graduate catalog.
Graduate Student Orientation
AUGUST 19, 2016
8:00-9:00 Breakfast & Social Time 120 Rice
9:00-9:30 Welcome, Kevin Skadron, Chair, Computer Science 130 Rice
9:30-9:45 Systems Staff 130 Rice
9:45-10:15 Wes Weimer, Graduate Director, “Survival Guide” 130 Rice
10:30-11:30 SIS Presentation UREG, 130 Rice MANDATORY ATTENDANCE REQUIRED
11:30-12:45-Lunch 120 Rice
1:00-2:00 SEAS Dean’s Office Presentations 130 Rice
2:00-3:00 Wes Weimer PHD Advising Session, 242 Rice
2:00-3:00 Alf Weaver Master’s Advising Session 130 Rice (STUDENTS WITH LAST NAMES BEGINNING WITH A-L) MANDATORY ATTENDANCE REQUIRED
3:00-4:00 Alf Weaver Master’s Advising Session 130 Rice (STUDENTS WITH LAST NAMES BEGINNING WITH M-Z) MANDATORY ATTENDANCE REQUIRED
4:00-5:00-TeaTime 4th Floor Common Area OPTIONAL. Food Provided.
For graduate admissions information, please visit the graduate admissions page or contact:
- Marty Humphrey, the chair of the Graduate Admissions Committee
For all other additional information, please contact:
- Westley Weimer, the Director of Graduate Studies