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Master of Science in Computer Science – Vancouver

Faculty working with Students: 7
Students: 12
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 41.67%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1
  • Vancouver: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score
  • 7 IELTS Minimum score

Degree Description:

The Master of Science in Computer Science program in the School of ENCS is a thesis program and requires 30 credit hours, including 21 hours of graded course work and 9 credits of thesis research (CS 700). The coursework and research are in the general areas of software engineering, artificial intelligence, computer networks and computer graphics. Sophisticated facilities are available for instruction and research. Teaching and research assistantships are available for qualified students. Before undertaking graduate study in computer science, the student should have completed a baccalaureate degree substantially similar to the BSCS degree described below in the BSCS schedule of studies. Students from other academic disciplines are encouraged to apply, however such students will be required to take or have taken the equivalent of the following courses: CS 317, CS 360 and CS 450, including all prerequisites for these courses. An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 is a minimum for admission to the MS program.

The WSU Vancouver MS in Computer Science is designed and administered separately from the MS program in Pullman. If you designate the WSU Pullman program as your main objective, you will not be automatically considered by the Vancouver program unless you submit the specific documentation requested on our “How to Apply” web page ( Except in rare cases, only those who indicate WSU Vancouver as their main objective will be prompted to submit any missing documentation so our Selection Committee can review their completed applications.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must complete the Student Interest Profile/Graduate Assistantship Application online at the “How to Apply” webpage,, in order to be considered by the WSU Vancouver program.

Student Learning Outcome:

All graduates will be able to:

  1. Have depth of knowledge in a particular field of subfield of their discipline.
  2. Have the ability to formulate and execute a research plan, including generating and analyzing research results.
  3. Able to communicate effectively through oral presentations and publications.
  4. Pursue professional development to meet the challenging demands and increasing responsibilities of a successful career.

Faculty Members:

Cochran, Wayne Owen, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Lang, Charles R, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Parallel computer architecture and programming, computer-aided design tools for integrated circuit design, discrete simulation, computer-integrated manufacturing tools and methods for integrated circuit manufacturing.

Lu, Zaixin, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Vancouver Campus

Mocas, Sarah, Ph.D.

Wallace, Scott, Ph.D.

Zhang, Xuechen, Ph.D.

Research Interests

File and storage systems
Operating systems
High performance computing
Cloud and distributed computing

Zhao, Xinghui, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Our research is in the broad area of parallel and distributed systems, with an emphasis on resource coordination and control, energy-efficient computing, and concurrency.

Contact Information:

Eric Walla
Kristy Gutierrez
14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98684