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Master of Engineering (MEng) in Computer Science and Applications (csa)


The Virginia Tech College of Engineering is partnering with the Virginia Military Institution (VMI) to help position students for mid-level and advanced positions in industries related to computing technology. By establishing an accelerated pathway of foundational courses at partner universities, currently enrolled students can be prepared for early admission to Virginia Tech’s MEng degree in computer science as early as spring of their junior year. Once accepted these students during their fourth year can begin taking up to 12 credits from an approved set of courses from the Virginia Military Institution undergraduate degree towards their MEng degree (VMI course level approved: 4XX [max. 6 credits] and 5XX from approved course list).

By outlining a clear pathway and course equivalencies, both the engineering and liberal arts student are able to participate in Virginia’s Tech Talent Pipeline. Many students will find that they can complete their MEng degree in just one extra year.

How to apply

Third-year Virginia Military Institution students can apply to the MEng in Computer Science and Applications in their second semester after completing CIS 213 Data Structures and Applications. They can also apply for a fee waiver and are not required to submit GRE scores.

  • Students must complete one of the approved Pathways below:


​​Pathway for VMI students to the VMI/VT Accelerated UG/G CSA/CPE graduate program

All VMI majors are eligible to apply in their junior year and be accepted into the VMI/VT Accelerated UG/G CSA/CPE graduate program pursuant to:

  • Eligibility for Admission
    To be eligible for admission,
    • VMI students must complete coursework equivalent to VT CS 114 Introduction to Software Design and VT CS3114 Data Structures and Algorithms by the 2nd semester of their junior year. Current equivalencies are:
VT Equivalent VMI Equivalent
Introduction to Software Design (3 credits)
CIS 111 Programming I (3 credits)
CIS 111L Laboratory for Programming I (1 credits)
CIS 112 Programming II (3 credits)
CIS 112L Laboratory for Programming II (1 credit)
Data Structures and Algorithms
CIS 213 Data Structures and Applications (3 credits)

Alternate equivalencies may be considered provided VMI CIS department recommends, and VT CS department approves.

VMI students must attain an overall minimum GPA of 3.3 for the MEng and 3.5 MSCS at the time of application. The minimum GPA requirements shall be computed based on all coursework completed in the most recent semesters encompassing 60 credits at VMI.

Once accepted, the student could take up to 12 credit hours of graduate coursework during the last academic year (senior status equivalent) and earn a “B” from the following list of eligible courses for transfer to the MEng computer science degree program. Note that a maximum of 6 credit hours can be taken at the 4xx level (excluding independent study and special topic courses). The Virginia Tech approved courses for the MEng in computer science are noted below.

VMI Course VT Equivalent
CIS 401
Advanced Network Security
CS 4264
Principles Computer Security
CIS 402
Computer Forensics
CS 4254
Network Architecture and Programming
CIS 411
Distributed Computing and Applications
CIS 412
Mobile Programming
CS 4570
Wireless Networks and Mobile Systems
CIS 421
Database Design and Development
CS 4604
Introduction to Database Management Systems
CIS 422
Information Retrieval
CIS 424
Artificial Intelligence
CS 4804
Artificial Intelligence
CIS 433
Usability Analysis
CIS 434
CS 4884
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
CIS 477
Secure Software Engineering
CIS 479
Open Source Intelligence
Web App Development

As soon as you submit your application please read and do the following:

You should immediately complete and submit the Collaborative UG/G Degree and Course Designation Form. You will indicate on this form the courses that you intend to take during the Collaborative UG/G period. This form will be reviewed and signed by the Virginia Tech computer science and applications department graduate program director and an appropriate authority at the Virginia Military Institution. The signed Collaborative UG/G Status and Course Designation form will be sent to the Virginia Tech Graduate School for processing. This completed form and the computer science and applications department admission recommendation with review from an appropriate authority at the Virginia Military Institution are required before an admission decision can be finalized by the Virginia Tech Graduate School.