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Do you know?

  • The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that the employment of computer scientists will grow by 24% from 2008 to 2018[1]
  • The Tennessee Government website ( listed the long term job outlook of Computer and Information Systems Managers and Computer Systems Analysts as “Excellent” [2]
  • Average starting pay for computer science grads is $56,200 and average mid-career pay for computer science grads is $97,700[3]
  • You can change your career by receiving a M.S. degree in Computer Science from University of Tennessee in Chattanooga (UTC)
  • UTC Computer Science and Engineering program admits students in other disciplines to their M.S. program
  • UTC Computer Science and Engineering program offers efficient ways to help your career change

Admission Requirements

A student who holds a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university may be considered for admission to the program. This program is designed for students with the foundation provided by the baccalaureate degree in computer science. However, students with degrees in other disciplines may be admitted. Students whose academic training is considered inadequate in certain areas will be required to complete additional undergraduate and/or graduate foundation courses as determined by the department. The admission requires:

  1. Have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Be granted admission to UTC’s Graduate School based on a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (based on a 4.0 scale), or GPA of 3.0 in the senior year.


Change Your Career by Taking Foundation Courses

Foundation Courses, also called leveling courses for non-computer science majors


Additional Information and Notes

Students admitted to the program who lack academic experience in mathematics may be assigned Mathematics 1910/1911, 1920/1921, 2200, 3030, and 3100 to ensure that they have the mathematics background equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

Some or all of the foundation courses in which academic training has been completed previously may be waived. The requirements to waive a foundation course are:
1. A grade of “C” or better from an ABET accredited school, or 
2. A grade of “B” or better from a non-ABET accredited school. 
All required foundation course must be completed before more than two CPSC core and/or elective courses are completed. 

Potential Employment

Tennessee Valley Authority, Blue Cross Blue Shield TN, UNUM, Life Care Center of America,

Electronic Power Board, VolksWagen, HP, CISCO, USXpress, 

[1] Computer Scientists, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

[2] Hot Jobs to 2016: Tennessee, Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development. URL:, released January 2009.

[3]Salary statistics courtesy of "Best Undergrad College Degrees By Salary," a 2010-2011 College Salary Report by