Minimum Admissions Requirements for the Computer Network and System Administration (CNSA) MS Program

The Computer Network and System Administration graduate program has different core-course and admissions requirements and is thus a separate program. Below are the minimum admissions requirements for the CNSA MS degree program:

  • Required Degrees: To be admitted to the Department of Computer Science as a CNSA graduate student, you should have an undergraduate or graduate degree in Computer Science or related field from an accredited university. If you are a current FSU student, the CNSA major is the option that was setup for BA in Computer Science and BS in Computer Criminology undergraduates to matriculate towards. Students without an undergraduate degree in CS will be required to complete undergraduate prerequisites not on their undergraduate transcript before graduating with a graduate degree in CS. Students without a prior undergraduate or graduate degree in computer science should have at least 18 semester hours of credit in upper level undergraduate computer courses to be considered competitive for admissions.

    Undergraduate Prerequisites for the MS CNSA Degree Program:

    • MAD 2104 Discrete Math I
    • COP 3353 Intro to Unix
    • COP 3014 Programming I
    • COP 3330 Object Oriented Programming
    • CDA 3100 Computer Organization I
    • CDA 3101 Computer Organization II
    • COP 4530 Data Structures
    • COP 4610 Operating Systems
  • GRE Scores:The minimum GRE scores required for admission are a 145 on the verbal section and a 150 on the quantitative section. For the old scoring system, the minimum GRE score required for admission is 1100 (Verbal and Quantitative combined) with a minimum of 650 on the Quantitative.
  • TOEFL Scores: The minimum required score on the IBTOEFL for admission consideration is 80 (213 computer-based, 550 paper-based). However, the Computer Science Department considers a score of 100-105 competitive, especially when students are seeking assistantships. The ability to lecture in English will be a major consideration in the selection of students for Teaching Assistantships.
  • Grade Point Average: Students should have at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) average to be considered competitive. Students with a GPA of less then 3.0 in their undergraduate degree fall below both the department and university standards.