MS (Computer Science)


Program Info

The MS (Computer Science) comprises of both course work as well as research component. There are four ‘core courses’ aimed at strengthening the understanding and competence of students in computer science fundamentals. The University expects its MS graduates to pursue careers either as ‘Computer Science Faculty Members’ or as ‘Software Development Managers’ in the industry.

Learning Outcomes
  • Students will be able to possess advanced knowledge of Computer Science field
  • Students will be able to think creatively and critically; to solve non-trivial problems
  • Students will be able to use computing knowledge to develop efficient solutions for real life problems
  • Students will be able to design solutions and can conduct research related activities
Recommended Courses

The following core courses are recommended to be completed before entering the MS (CS) program.

  1. Computer Programming
  2. Data Structures
  3. Operating Systems
  4. Database Systems
  5. Analysis of Algorithms
  6. Computer Networks
  7. Theory of Automata
  8. Software Engineering
  9. Assembly Lang. / Computer Arch.

A student selected for admission having deficiency in the above stated courses may be required to study a maximum of FOUR courses. These courses must be passed in the first two semesters. The deficiency courses shall be determined by the Graduate Studies Committee before admitting the student. No fee will be charged for studying deficiency courses. A student selected for admission having deficiency in the above stated courses may be required to study a maximum of FOUR courses, which must be passed in the first two semesters. Deficiency courses shall be determined by the Graduate Studies Committee, before admitting the student. Fee is not charged for studying deficiency courses. A student cannot take MS courses unless all specified deficiency courses have been passed.

NUCES staff cannot register for more than two courses in a semester. A student has the option to pursue MS by undertaking either a 6-credit hour MS Thesis or MS Project, spread over two regular semesters.

Award of Degree

For the award of MS degree, a student must have:

  • Passed courses totaling at least 31 credit hours, including four core courses
  • Obtained a CGPA of 2.5 or more.

Offered Campuses

Chiniot-Faisalabad Islamabad Karachi Lahore Peshawar

Eligibility:

  • Degree in relevant subject of Science or Engineering, earned from a recognized university after 16 years of education AND
  • At least 60% marks or CGPA of at least 2.0(on a scale of 4.0).

Selection Criteria:

  • Past Academic Record (Bachelor): 40%
  • Performance in NU MS Admission Test: 60%

Typical course load in a semester is four courses. However, NUCES staff cannot register for more than two courses in a semester. In the second semester, a student has the option to pursue MS by undertaking either a 6 credit hour MS Thesis or Project, spread over two regular semesters.

Tentative Study Plan
Sr. No Course Name Crdt Hrs.
Semester 1
1 Applied Programming 3
2 Core Course-I 3
3 Core Course-II 3
4 Core Course-III 3
Sr. No Course Name Crdt Hrs.
Semester 2
1 Research Methodology 1
2 Elective-I 3
3 Elective-II 3
4 Core Course-IV 3
Sr. No Course Name Crdt Hrs.
Semester 3
1 MS Project- I 3
2 Elective-III 3
Sr. No Course Name Crdt Hrs.
Semester 4
1 MS Project- II 3
2 Specialization Elective-IV 3

Note 1: Applied Programming course is of No Credit (NC), but it must be passed.

Note 2: Registration in “MS Thesis - I” is allowed provided the student has:

  • Earned at least 19 credits
  • Passed the “Research Methodology” course
  • CGPA is equal to or more than 2.5

Core Courses for MS (Computer Science)

At least four courses must be taken from the following

  • CS501  Advanced Analysis of Algorithms
  • CS534  Theory of Automata – II
  • CS505  Advanced Operating Systems
  • EE502  Advanced Computer Architecture
  • CS507  Theory of Programming Languages