MSc in Computing and Information Science


Program Description



Khalifa University of Science and Technology offers Graduate Research / Teaching Assistant (GRTA) scholarships to support qualified international students enrolled in graduate programs.

The scholarship provides generous remuneration and benefits that include:

  • Full coverage of tuition fees.
  • Medical insurance coverage for students under the Khalifa University visa.
  • Support to attend international research conferences.
  • The indicative monthly stipend for GRTA Scholarship is as follows (subject to change).

Application Opening!

We will start taking applications starting November 1st, 2018 for the next intake in September 1st, 2019.

The degree of Master of Science in Computing and Information Science (M.Sc. in CIS) is awarded for successfully completing the requirements of a program of study, which includes taught courses as well as a research-based thesis. The thesis is an independent investigation of specialized areas within the general field of Computing and Information Science. The M.Sc. in CIS gives candidates the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the broad field of CIS and contribute to the process of discovery and knowledge creation through the conduct of original research. Candidates for this degree are taught and supervised by experienced faculty and are expected to demonstrate initiative in their approach and innovation in their work. In addition to successfully completing the taught course component of the program, candidates prepare and present a thesis on their chosen area. Research may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University.


The M.Sc. in Computing and Information Science at Khalifa University aims to achieve the following educational goals:

  • Create leaders that are capable of developing and managing cutting-edge information technologies, thus increasing the knowledge force in Abu Dhabi and the surrounding region.
  • Instill in graduates an understanding of the value of technical scholarship, research, and service to society.
  • Produce graduates that are aware of the requirement for and possess the ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • Collaborate across Khalifa University to capitalize on and contribute to the University’s interdisciplinary nature to help solve important world problems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation from the M.Sc. in Computing and Information Science, students will be able to:

  • Use and apply current technical concepts and practices in core computing and information technologies.
  • Analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate computer-based systems, processes, components, and programs both in teams and individually to meet desired outcomes.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Recognize the need for and have the ability to engage in continuing professional development.

Overall Structure and Requirements

The M.Sc. in Computing and Information Science (CIS) program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours. The required program credits are distributed as follows: 15 credits of Program Core courses, 9 credits of Program Elective courses, and 12 credits of CIS Master’s Thesis work. A student may organize the selection of the elective courses relevant to the master’s thesis topic with the consent of the research supervisor. The table below presents a summary of the M.Sc. in CIS degree program structure and requirements. All the M.Sc. in CIS program courses, with the exception of the Master’s Thesis, have a credit rating of three credits each.

Summary of M.Sc. in CIS Degree Program Structure and Requirements


Credits Required

Program Core


Program Electives


CIS Master’s Thesis




Program Requirements

Students seeking the degree of M.Sc. in CIS must successfully complete a minimum of 36 credited hours as specified in the categories detailed in this section, with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0.

Last updated September 2019

About the School

The newly-established Khalifa University of Science and Technology combines The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research and The Petroleum Ins ... Read More

The newly-established Khalifa University of Science and Technology combines The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research and The Petroleum Institute into one world-class, research-intensive institution, seamlessly integrating research and education to produce world leaders and critical thinkers in applied science and engineering. Khalifa University endeavors to be a leader among research intensive universities of the 21st century, while catalyzing the growth of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s rapidly developing knowledge economy. Read less