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MS Program Introduction


KIET’s MS/MPhil program is a research oriented MS program that fulfills the HEC criteria. Students and faculty of this program have published more than 35 research papers in national and international conferences and journals over the last three years. The research emphasis in this program has been specifically designed in view of the special requirements of the MS students. Courses offered at the graduate level have a distinctive research focus due to the inclusions of special research projects and study of research papers. Independent Study courses then help the students to make the transition to research orientation in self directed study in chosen specialized areas under the guidance of supervisors. A team of highly qualified researchers is available to supervise the students' research through a structured program. Finally, the Thesis course takes the students through a uniquely structured experience of conducting research and publishing it.


Students conduct state of the art research in various fields of Computer Science, Software Engineering and Network & Telecommunication. College of computing and Information Sciences facilitates the research students by providing them access to simulators, research equipment and the latest research material consisting of electronic and published journals & conference proceedings of IEEE, ACM and HEC. 


PAF-KIET offers MS programs in different fields to facilitate the need of the IT industry. This includes:


MS Admission Criteria


Ø      For admission in the MS program (Computer Science, Network & Telecom, Software Engineering) the candidates must possess a 4-year formal university level education of bachelor/master degree (BE, BS, MSc, MA etc) from a HEC recognized institution in a relevant field with minimum first division. Students with backgrounds other than computer science or with 3-year degrees are also eligible to join MS Program but they will be assigned pre-requisite courses. 


Ø      For admission in the MS Telecom Engineering program the candidates must possess a 4–year Engineering degree (BE) from a HEC recognized & PEC accredited institution in a relevant field with minimum first division.


Ø      The candidates of MS program are required to pass Admission Test / GRE Equivalent and Admission Interview.


MS Degree Requirements

Ø      MS (MPhil) degree program consist of 33 credit hours:

·         18 credit hours or 6 courses from the specialized area. Two of these courses must be independent research courses

·         6 credit hours or 2 courses from non specialized areas

·         9 credit hours of MS Thesis / research work

Ø      Minimum passing grade for the MS degree program is B grade.

Ø      MS course requirements (including independent research courses) typically take one year to complete.

Ø      On completion of the MS course requirements, MS students must register for Thesis (9 credits).

Ø      These 9 credits are obtained by enrolling successive in three 3-credit hour courses; Thesis-1, Thesis-2, Thesis-3.


Unique Features of MS Program

Independent Study Courses

The objective of the Independent Study (IS) courses is to enable the transition of students from teacher-taught courses to self-study courses. Independent study coordinators and advisors help the MS students through this transition phase. The Independent Study courses enable the students to design a self-study program of research and to follow it with self-discipline. Students are expected to identify an area of their interest, develop a program of independent study, and periodically report on the progress. Students are advised to select an area for independent study that would help and support their thesis/research work. A judicious selection of independent study areas can substantially reduce the thesis time. Detailed guidelines are available with the office of graduate research. The output of this course is a document in the IEEE research paper format. Many of our students publish this survey paper in international and national conferences. 

MS Thesis Course

Thesis is a challenging research effort that adds value to the degree and distinguishes the MS graduates from ordinary course-based master degree holders. The thesis components brings this MS degree at par with international research-based MS degrees offered in USA and elsewhere. Thesis is different from any other academic activity that MS students may have undertaken as part of their undergraduate or course-based masters degree. The objective of thesis research work is to enable the MS student to join the international community of professional researchers working in the selected area. To ensure this participation, students are expected to be familiar with published research work, select a problem from the area of interest, define the problem and develop a solution in a scientific manner. A successful thesis equips the MS student with tools and techniques of research that makes the student confident that he can undertake any research assignment for solving a problem for which there is no known solution. Detailed guidelines for completing the thesis requirements are available with the office of graduate research.

  • Research work for thesis is supervised by the Thesis Committee that consists of the Primary Advisor and two other members. Board of Advanced Studies and Research finalizes the Committee and may include experts from the industry to serve on the Thesis Committee.
  • Thesis process is well-defined and consists of a list of deliverable on which the progress of student is measured during each meeting with the primary advisor.
  • Thesis has to be successfully defended in front of the Thesis Committee to complete the MS requirements.
  • MS Thesis can be completed in a minimum of one regular semester by full-time students. Depending upon the commitment, regularity and time-effort; a working students may complete the process in eight to ten months.
  • However, a student may extend the research work (although it is not recommended) for up to a maximum of two years. In that case, the student must remain continuously enrolled in the Thesis course (3 credits) in each semester till the completion.



Structured Thesis

An intensive structured thesis format for research has been designed to expedite the completion of a research thesis. This format establishes concrete deliverables with specific deadlines that provides the students and advisors a conceptual framework for monitoring the progress and achievement of goals. The structure has been developed as a result of analysis of reasons why thesis students in Pakistan often take an unreasonably long time to complete their research. Since the introduction of this structure students’ progress towards their thesis goals has been expedited.

The structure defines the deliverables and their deadlines in accordance with the pre-announced dates in the academic calendar for semester monthly and final exams. The structured format allocates 9 credit hours of thesis across three courses of 3 credit hours each; (i) Research Proposal; (ii) Thesis Design (iii) Thesis Results and Defense. Courses are executed as per the standard KIET format.


All of our thesis students have been able to publish a paper in national and international conference or journal.


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(for students with a 4 year BS or 2 year MCS degree)



SE 5101 Software Requirement Engineering
SE 5102 Software System Design & Architecture
SE 5xxx Elective I
SE 5xxx Elective II (Independent Study I)

SE 5201 Software Project Management
SE 5202 Software Quality Assurance
SE 5xxx Elective III
SE 5xxx Elective IV (Independent Study II)

SE 5x09 Thesis 


Students without relevant background or 3-year degree will be asked to pursue one-year pre-requisite course work.


List of Elective Courses


Advanced Software Engineering
Business Process Re-engineering
Capability Maturity Model Integration
Design Patterns
Distributed Computing
Distributed Systems
Formal Methods of Software Engineering
Object Oriented Software Engineering
Software Risk Management
Software Costing and Estimation
Software Development Methodologies using Modeling Languages
Software Metrics
Software Processes
Software Quality Assurance
Software Reliability

Software Testing
Software Capability Maturity Model

Software Project Management

Software Architecture and Design

Requirements Engineering

Standardized Exchange of Messages/XML

Enterprise Services and Components

Components and Reuse

Seminar in Software Engineering

Simulation & Modeling

Advance DBMS

Data Warehousing

Data Mining

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(for students with a 4 year BS or 2 year MCS degree)

CS 5101 Advanced Algorithms Analysis
CS 5102 Theory of Computation
CS 5xxx Elective I
CS 5108 Elective II (Independent Study I)                    

CS 5202 Advanced Computer Architecture       
CS 5264 Theory of Programming Languages     
CS 5xxx Elective III
CS 5208 Elective IV (Independent Study II)

CS 5x09 Thesis

Students without relevant background or 3-year degree will be asked to pursue one-year pre-requisite course work.


List of Elective Courses


Advance Artificial Intelligence
Advance Compiler Design & Construction
Human Computer Interaction

Natural Language Processing

Speech Recognition

Advanced Operating System

Text Processing

Computer Vision

Image Processing

Intelligent Problem Solving

Advanced Graph Theory

Theorem Proving

Intelligent systems

Multi Agent systems

Ubiquitous Computing

Evaluation of Programming Methodologies

Neural Networks

Expert systems

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(for students with a 4 year BS or 2 year MCS degree)

TN 5101 Advanced Computer Networks
TN 5102 Cryptography
TN 5xxx Elective I
TN 5108 Elective II (Independent Study I)                     

TN 5201 Network Management
TN 5202 High Speed Network
TN 5xxx Elective III
TN 5208 Elective IV (Independent Study II) 

TN 5x09 Thesis          


Students without relevant background or 3-year degree will be asked to pursue one-year pre-requisite course work.


List of Elective Courses


Network Security

Digital Techniques in Communications

Wireless Networks

Mobile Computing

Fiber-Optic Systems

Design and Analysis of Protocols

Advanced Data Communication and Networking

Information Theory

Design and Implementation of Networks

Internet Services Design

Seminar in Networking

Network Programming

Network Management Software and Tools

Multi-Service Networks

Voice-over-IP Engineering

Spread Spectrum Systems

Source Coding & Data Compression

Ad-hoc Networks

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(for students with a 4 year Engineering degree)

TE 5101 Advanced Data Communication
TE 5102 Microwave Systems
TE 5xxx Elective I
TE 5108 Elective II (Independent Study I)                     

TE 5201 Optical Communication
TE 5202 Telecom Management
TE 5xxx Elective III
TE 5208 Elective IV (Independent Study II) 

TE 5x09 Thesis          


Students without relevant background will be asked to pursue one-year pre-requisite course work.


List of Elective Courses


Cellular Networks

Broadband Communication

Satellite Communication

Network Security

High-Speed Networks

Routing and Switching

Network Management

Digital Signal Processing

Digital Communication



Summary: MS (CS)
Campus City Campus
College Computing & IS
Shift Evening
Courses 8 minimum
Duration 1 year +
Credit Hours 24 + 9
Internship(s) 00
Project(s) 00
Eligibility BE, BS, MCS or 4 years of university level studies
Additional Requirements Thesis

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Imran Farooqi, MSCS
I secured an employment offer from Microsoft and my MS thesis has played a major role in securing this offer. I consider my two years time period spent in PAF KIET as the most rewarding experience in my academic life.

Imran Bajwa, MSCS
After 23 Conference & 6 Journal Publications, I take pride in saying that PAF-KIET and Dr. Irfan Hyder has helped me a lot to become a successful researcher moreover a successful person in life.

Amina Khalfe, MSCS
PAF-KIET provided the true research culture where all the research students help each other to achieve their goals. The paper I presented in the South Hampton Conference, UK is just an example.

Tahir Ali, MSCS
I am thankful to PAF-KIET for making it all possible for me. I could have never thought of publishing an International paper but the maturity of thesis framework and the guidance of research supervisors have really helped me out.

The Curriculum Structure, Duration and Scheduling of each degree program are subject to change without notice.


[ UPDATED ON: July 04, 2006 ]