There are a total of n courses you have to take, labeled from 0 to n - 1.

Some courses may have prerequisites, for example to take course 0 you have to first take course 1, which is expressed as a pair: [0,1]

Given the total number of courses and a list of prerequisite pairs, is it possible for you to finish all courses?

For example:

2, [[1,0]]

There are a total of 2 courses to take. To take course 1 you should have finished course 0. So it is possible.

2, [[1,0],[0,1]]

There are a total of 2 courses to take. To take course 1 you should have finished course 0, and to take course 0 you should also have finished course 1. So it is impossible.


  1. The input prerequisites is a graph represented by a list of edges, not adjacency matrices. Read more about how a graph is represented.
  2. You may assume that there are no duplicate edges in the input prerequisites.

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  1. This problem is equivalent to finding if a cycle exists in a directed graph. If a cycle exists, no topological ordering exists and therefore it will be impossible to take all courses.
  2. Topological Sort via DFS – A great video tutorial (21 minutes) on Coursera explaining the basic concepts of Topological Sort.
  3. Topological sort could also be done via BFS.
public class Solution {
    public boolean canFinish(int numCourses, int[][] prerequisites) {
        Map<Integer, Set<Integer>> inDegree = new HashMap<>();
        Map<Integer, Set<Integer>> outDegree = new HashMap<>();
        Set<Integer> set = new HashSet<>();

        // Init courses
        for (int i = 0; i < numCourses; i++) {
            inDegree.put(i, new HashSet<>());
            outDegree.put(i, new HashSet<>());

        // Parse course prerequisites
        for (int i = 0; i < prerequisites.length; i++) {
            int current = prerequisites[i][0];
            int pre = prerequisites[i][1];


        Queue<Integer> queue = new LinkedList<>();
        for (Integer course : set) {
            if (inDegree.get(course).size() == 0) {

        int index = 0;
        int[] result = new int[set.size()];
        while (!queue.isEmpty()) {
            Integer course = queue.poll();
            result[index++] = course;
            for (Integer next : outDegree.get(course)) {
                if (inDegree.get(next).size() == 0) {

        if (index != set.size()) {
            return false;
        } else {
            return true;