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All CS MS students must meet the following exit requirements during their graduating semester. Each semester, the GPD will send an email to all graduate students with deadlines and instructions on how to register for the exit exam and schedule project or thesis presentations.

MS Requirement Options


Students in the course-only option are required to complete the following:

  • Pass the comprehensive exam with both written and oral components. The MS Oral Exit Exam for the courses-only option will be held one month before the end of the graduating semester. Students must sign up for the oral Exam one month before the Exit Exam Week.

Students who plan to appear for the oral exam must submit the following in advance:

  • The exit report in a PDF document containing a list of all the graduate CS courses they have taken (include IT courses if in ICT concentration)
  • A brief statement of the knowledge they gained from each of the courses, if/how they have applied this knowledge to their outside work, suggestions for improvements, and a statement of their overall impression of the CS MS program at ODU. There is no specific format for the document, but it should look professional. The suggested length for the document is 10-15 pages.

Each student will be examined individually where they will be asked basic questions related to the set of courses that they have taken. The exam for each student will typically take 15-20 minutes.


Students in the project option must complete the following:

  • Register for CS 698 Master's Project under the project advisor.
  • Complete the project work and write a MS Project Report.
  • Schedule a MS Project Presentation in consultation with the project advisor and the GPD.

See Master's Project in Computer Science for more details on completing the MS Project.


Students in the thesis option must complete the following:

  • Register for CS 699 Thesis Research in two semesters and appoint an Master's Thesis Committee by filing the M1 form.
  • Complete the thesis research work and write a MS Thesis.
  • Schedule a MS Thesis Defense in consultation with the thesis advisor, thesis committee, and GPD.

See Master's Thesis in Computer Science for more details on completing the MS Thesis.