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Master of Science in Computer Science and Master of Computer Science

After enrolling in the Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) or Master of Computer Science (MCS) degree program, your Program of Study can include credit for CS courses taken as a non-degree student, CS-related courses transferred from other departments at Illinois Tech, and CS courses transferred from other universities. However, department approval is required.

  • Combining all sources below, up to 9 credit hours of courses may be transferred.
  • Each course must have been passed with a grade of "B" or better.
  • No course can have been used toward another degree.
  • Only courses applicable to degree requirements can be transferred for credit.
  • With department permission, courses that cannot be transferred for credit may be used to meet prerequisite requirements for other courses.

CS Courses from Illinois Tech

Courses taken from the CS department before starting the Master's program (typically as a Non-Degree Special Graduate Student) may be transferred to the degree program. Note: CS 200201401402, and 403 cannot be transferred.

Graduate CS Courses from Other Universities

Graduate CS courses taken at other colleges or universities may be transferred to the degree program. Each course to be transferred:

  • Must have been taken at an accredited institution in the U.S.
  • Must have been a graduate-level course, including those taken as an undergraduate student.
  • Must be equivalent to existing 500-level Illinois Tech Computer Science or Computer Science Professional courses. (Partial transfer credit may be available for a non-Illinois Tech CS course that is equivalent to part of an Illinois Tech CS course.)

Course transfers must be explicitly approved by the CS department. Department approval is given on a case-by-case basis, and there is no guarantee that a course will be given transfer credit.

With a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, you may transfer up to 6 credit hours of CS courses from other universities. You may transfer up to 3 credit hours with any other bachelor's degree.

Transferred courses cannot be used as core courses or specialization courses on the program of study. They only can  be used as electives. Only courses taken from the Illinois Tech CS department can be used as core courses or specialization courses .

Non-CS courses from other universities cannot be transferred.

CS-Related Graduate Courses From Other Illinois Tech Departments

CS-related courses in other departments at Illinois Tech can be transferred to the degree program, but only if they appear in the list of approved courses below. The courses can be taken as a Computer Science student, or they may have been taken before starting the degree program.

With a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, you may transfer up to 6 credit hours of non-CS department courses. You may transfer up to 3 credit hours with any other bachelor's degree.

Note: The courses below do not count as 500-level CS courses for purposes of the MSCS and MCS coursework requirements.

Applied Mathematics

  • MATH 522, 525, 527, 530, 532, 535, 540, 542, 543, 544, 545, 546, 548, 550, 553, 554, 555, 556, 557, 563, 564, 565, 566, 567, 568, 569, 571, 574, 577, 578, 579, 581, 582, 584,586, 587, 589, 590


  • BIOL 550, 562

Chemical Engineering

  • CHE 508, 530, 535, 536, 560


  • CHEM 513

Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering

  • CAE 523, 534

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • ECE 502, 504, 505, 506, 511, 513, 514, 515, 516, 518, 519, 531, 535, 540, 541, 543, 544, 545, 546, 547, 563, 565, 566, 570, 583, 585, 587

Note: Credit will not be given for both ECE 585 and CS 570.

Information Technology Management

  • No ITM courses can be applied to graduate CS degrees.

Institute of Design

  • IDX 542, 5622019-04-26 IDX 542 - Analysis + Synthesis in Design; IDX 562 - Multidisciplinary Prototyping

Mathematics and Science Education

  • MSED 500300554555

Mechanical Engineering

  • MMAE 501, 502, 503, 517, 539, 540, 544, 545, 547, 551

Stuart School of Business

Students in the Master of CS with Specialization in Business and Master of CS with Specialization in Finance programs are required to take courses from approved lists. (See the descriptions of the specializations for details.) The same courses can be transferred by students not in these specializations.

  • From the Business specialization: BUS 510550MBA 501502504506509511
  • From the Finance specialization: MSF 504505506
  • 2019-04-26 added IDX 542, 562