MSc in Computing and Information Science


Program Description

MSc in Computing and Information Science

Location: Abu Dhabi

Computing and Information Science (CIS) is the backbone of a modern technological society and the driving force of modern industries. It provides the data management, data analysis and computational capabilities required to solve the world’s most challenging problems in every domain. The mission of the CIS Program at the Masdar Institute is to create CIS professionals who are familiar with the unique challenges and problems of sustainability and alternative energy and who can effectively bridge the gap between information technology (IT) and related engineering disciplines.

Graduates of the Masdar Institute CIS Program will have the range of skills necessary to take up either technical or managerial position in the industry and be capable of conducting independent, cross-disciplinary research.

Program Goals

The Computing and Information Science Program at the Masdar Institute aims to achieve the following 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 the Masdar Institute to capitalize on and contribute to the Institute’s interdisciplinary nature to help solve important world problems.

Program Learning Outcomes

To achieve its program goals, the Computing and Information Science Program has defined the following targeted program learning outcomes that have been adapted from the accreditation criteria stipulated by the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission (ABET, 2008). This adoption and adaptation of the IT goals will help ensure the highest standards as well as conformity to established international norms. Upon graduation from the Computing and Information Science

The program, 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 an ability to engage in continuing professional development.


Chemical Engineering research at Masdar Institute emphasizes energy and the environment by applying engineering fundamentals to solve the world’s most pressing issues in the development and production of fuels, improvements in energy efficiency, and mitigation of the environmental impacts of engineering processes. This is accomplished through laboratory exploration of catalysis and reaction engineering, transport processes, materials, polymers, and surfaces and structures. Beyond the laboratory, systems design and engineering utilize mathematical tools to simulate the behaviour of the process and seek optimum operating conditions. Effective use of simulation and optimization tools allows exploration of optimal operating conditions at both the micro and macro level to achieve improved economy, reliability, and safety of chemical processes.


All students for all programs are required to take four core program courses. In addition, each student must complete the following:

  • Three elective courses from any program with the approval of their advisor
  • One university core course – Sustainable Energy
  • 24 credits of thesis work (3 for 1st year Fall; 3 for 1st year Spring; 6 for Summer; 6 for 2nd year Fall; 6 for 2nd year Spring)

Program Core Courses

  • Data Mining: Finding the Data and Models that Create Value
  • Software Engineering
  • Design and Analysis of Algorithms
  • Distributed Computer Systems Engineering

Entry Requirements

  • A relevant undergraduate degree - undergraduate degrees must be in the fields of science, engineering or information technology
  • CGPA - The minimum required for consideration for admissions is 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
  • GRE scores - The minimum score required on the GRE Quantitative is 700 (or 155 on the new scale). There is no cut-off score for the Verbal and Analytical but these scores are also important and evaluated. The GRE exam cannot be waived.
  • TOEFL (or academic IELTS) - The minimum TOEFL score required is 91 (Internet-based) on the international TOEFL. Equivalent paper/computer-based TOEFL is also accepted. The TOEFL can only be waived for native English speakers. The minimum academic IELTS score required is 6.5.
  • High grades and scores are a prerequisite but are no guarantee of admission. Admission standards are in accordance with those of MIT.
Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology is the world’s first graduate-level university dedicated to providing real-world solutions to issues of sustainability. A world-class research-driven univers ... Read More

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology is the world’s first graduate-level university dedicated to providing real-world solutions to issues of sustainability. A world-class research-driven university, the Institute focuses on the science and engineering of advanced alternative energy, environmental and sustainability technologies. Read less