The Computer Science MS program gives graduates a broad and deep knowledge of computer science by offering a strong core program with a wide selection of elective courses.
The program maintains a balance between theory, systems, and applications—with an emphasis on software development.
You'll gain the ability and confidence to use your knowledge by working on realistic-scale, graduate-level projects. Your experience will include:
work as a member of a team
situations where you will be responsible for the entire project, from problem specification to solution
presentation of research results in oral and written forms
You will graduate with the knowledge and skills required to develop and design high-quality computer systems and application software—and the ability to follow the rapid changes in the field of computer science.
As a highly-qualified professional, you will be ready to compete for responsible positions in the computer industry, research institutions, government, or to continue your education in a Ph.D. program.
The MS in Computer Science prepares graduates to:
succeed as leaders at project and enterprise levels
pursue Ph.D. studies
contribute to the development of the computer industry
use computer science knowledge to contribute to the advancement of other industries
A number of graduate teaching and research assistantships are awarded to qualified students who have been accepted for admission to a degree program and have requested financial assistance.
The research interests of faculty in the Computer & Information Science (CIS) Department are wide-ranging, and include:
decision support systems
Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT)
International (F-1) students who receive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees may be eligible to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT). To learn about the eligibility criteria and detailed steps to apply, please review the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) OPT page and USCIS resources. F-1 students must consult with the ISSC to apply for STEM OPT.
UMassD College of Engineering Points of Distinction
Nationally recognized research institution
Voted best Engineering program in 2021 by U.S. News & World Report
97% of graduates from the College of Engineering are either employed or enrolled in further education. Graduates have gone on to work at Google, Amazon, Dell, Raytheon, Hyundai, Apple; and one alumni is a NASA astronaut.