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Master’s Degree in Computer Science

from The University of Texas at Austin
Top-10 Ranked Computer Science School
  • $10,000
  • 10 courses
  • Fully online
  • 1.5-3 years

Master's Overview

Computer science is relevant now more than ever. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth for careers like software development will grow much faster than other fields, making computer science degree programs a 21st-century necessity.

The University of Texas at Austin is consistently listed as a top-ten university for computer science by U.S. News. The University's Department of Computer Science has now made it possible to combine that top-tier reputation with the flexibility of online study through the Master of Science in Computer Science Online.

The computer science program’s rigorous curriculum is taught by the same faculty as UT’s on-campus degree program, ensuring that you will receive the elite quality of instruction that defines a UT education. The online master of science track offers classes in a flexible format, giving you the ability to pursue your educational goals in the manner most consistent with your career goals. Whether you're interested in deep learning, machine learning, advanced operating systems, Android programming, virtualization, quantum information science, or robotics, a computer science degree will help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

The master’s degree you receive at the end of your studies is among the best online master’s degree programs and will be indistinguishable from its on-campus counterpart (will not say online) at only a fraction of the on-campus program costs.

Our computer science degree graduates will enjoy access to world-class professors, a professional network of talented peers from across the globe, and a degree that will enable them to pursue some of the most in-demand careers.

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  • #10
    Nationally in Computer Science
    (US News Best Graduate Schools)
  • #8
    Artificial Intelligence
    (US News Best Graduate Schools)
  • #8
    Systems
    (US News Best Graduate Schools)
  • #7
    Theory
    US News Best Graduate Schools
  • 8
    Programming Languages
    U.S. News & World Report, 2021

Details

Tuition

  • Additional fees per term
    TBD
*Students may be eligible for federal financial aid subject to federal aid requirements.

Important dates & deadlines

FALL 2022

  • Application Opens
    December 15, 2021
  • ApplyTexas Priority Application Deadline
    April 1, 2022
  • ApplyTexas Final Application Deadline
    May 1, 2022
  • Program Start
    August 2022
*All application materials are due no later than the final deadline.

Prerequisite coursework

Applicants should have an extensive background in computer science or related sciences. Level of knowledge will be assessed by review of a student’s coursework and/or professional experience.

An applicant who holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a comparable degree from a foreign academic institution is preferred for admission to the online Master’s program. Competitive applicants have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in junior- and senior-level courses.

An applicant who holds a degree in a field other than computer science may be considered for admission if they meet the following criteria:

  • Their degree is particularly in a related field such as electrical engineering, computer engineering or mathematics
  • And an applicant has prior coursework or experience equivalent to the following Texas Computer Science undergraduate courses
    • Discrete Math for Computer Science (CS 311)
    • Introduction to Programming (CS 312)
    • Data Structures (CS 314)
    • Algorithms and Complexity (CS 331)
    • Computer Organization and Architecture (CS 429)
    • Principles of Computer Systems (CS 439)

Use of computers at work or some experience programming are not considered to be equivalent to a CS degree and courses.

Application requirements

All materials are due no later than the final application deadline. Please submit the “Request Info” form above to receive additional information on the MSCS program as a whole including detailed resources for your application materials and the admissions process.

Admissions take into consideration the following application materials:

  • Bachelor’s degree (see prerequisites)
  • CV/Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts from all universities attended
  • GRE scores - Currently Optional*
  • TOEFL or IELTS - Required for International Students**
  • Letter(s) of recommendation (optional)

Important Application Note: Applicants are recommended to start the application process early in order to have all required materials received by the final deadline. Late applications will not be considered.

*GRE Score: As the world grapples with COVID-19, many students are facing challenges taking the GRE. Submitting GRE scores is optional for admittance consideration for all applicants through Fall 2022. Please keep in mind:

  • We encourage all applicants to submit their official GRE scores in an effort to bolster their application.
  • International applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their GRE scores with their application.
  • Please Note: It will take 3-5 business days for the GRE waiver to show up on your MyStatus portal.

**TOEFL or IELTS: The minimum scores considered acceptable for admission by the Graduate School are:

  • TOEFL: 79 on the Internet-based test (iBT)
  • IELTS: An overall band of 6.5 on the Academic Examination

Curriculum

The curriculum incorporates foundational coursework that provides a broad understanding of the field. Elective coursework offers training on subject matter that is in high demand within real-world industry. Students can tailor their studies to their own interests in artificial intelligence and machine learning, software systems, algorithms, and programming languages.

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FAQs

  • No applicant will be automatically admitted to the program. All applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee to make certain those admitted have the ability to succeed in the online degree program.
  • There is no minimum GRE test score, however applicants admitted to the CS graduate program usually have high quantitative and verbal GRE scores and a math background that includes study through some discrete math. If you feel that your test scores are not valid indicators of your ability, you should explain your concerns in your statement of purpose.
  • GIAC MyStatus: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/adm/mystatus/. This is the status check site for the Graduate International Admissions Center (GIAC). GIAC verifies application information, test scores, residency and admissions GPA calculations/equivalencies. If you have questions about the information your MyStatus page, please contact GIAC.
  • All GRE/TOEFL scores, transcripts, CV’s, personal statement and recommendation letters (if submitting), must be submitted by the application deadline.
  • You can apply for both programs but you must fill out two separate applications and upload documents to both systems. You can find information about applying to the traditional master’s degree program here https://www.cs.utexas.edu/graduate/prospective-students/apply.
  • For GRE and TOEFL scores, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) institution code for UT-Austin is 6882. It is not necessary to use a department code. There is no institutional code for the IELTS examination. To fulfill the requirement with scores from the IELTS, please use the IELTS electronic score delivery service to send your scores to the “University of Texas at Austin” account.
  • Yes, the TOEFL or the IELTS is required for international applicants. International applicants who are from a qualifying country are exempt from this requirement. Additionally, applicants are exempt from the requirement if they possess a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution or a qualifying country. The requirement is not waived for applicants who have earned a master’s – but not a bachelor’s – degree from a similar institution.
  • A foreign credential evaluation is not required. If a transcript is written in a language other than English, a complete and official English translation must be uploaded together with the original transcript.
  • Through the ApplyTexas system, you will be given the opportunity to submit three recommenders and provide contact information. The system will send an email to your recommenders directing them to a website where they may complete the process. In addition, your MyStatus portal offers a self-service feature you can use to resend the request email to your recommenders, if necessary. Use it to supply an alternate email address if your recommender’s spam filter blocks the original request or has removed the link. You can also add a new recommender or revise your right-to-view status from “retained” to “waived” through MyStatus.
  • The degree requirements will consist of ten online courses total or 30 credit hours. Online students will take a combination of foundational coursework and elective options. Through completion of the foundational coursework, students will gain a broad understanding of the field. As courses continue to be added to the program, students will also have significant elective flexibility to pursue a course of study best tailored to their professional aspirations.
  • Master of Science in Computer Science.
  • 30 credit hours, which equals 10 courses.
  • The program can be completed in 1.5-3 years and the curriculum is highly flexible. Students may participate in this program on a part-time or full-time basis. They will have up to six years to complete their program of work.
  • US-based students in Option III programs are eligible only for federal guaranteed loans and some private sector loans. The Office of Financial Aid can advise Option III students on availability of these loans and required procedures for applying. Please contact Financial Aid. Please note students taking 3 hours are not aid eligible. Please note that with Option III programs students are not eligible for grant loans.
  • Students in Option III programs are not eligible for Hinson-Hazelwood Act Exemptions (for Texas ex-servicemen and their children), but may be eligible for GI Bill benefits. Please direct questions to gibill@austin.utexas.edu and or UTVeterans@austin.utexas.edu. Eligibility requirements can be found here: https://www.cs.utexas.edu/graduate-program/masters-program/online-option/admissions#eligibility
  • An undergraduate degree or a comparable degree from a foreign academic institution is required for this program.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the course of the program. If a student drops below 3.0, he or she will have one semester to bring up the GPA. If the student fails to do this, they will be dismissed from the program.
  • A student may take up to five courses each semester. The online master’s degree program courses are of comparable rigor to the traditional courses. For working professionals we recommend taking one to two courses per semester.
  • Students are admitted in the fall and spring semesters. Students can start taking classes in the semester they apply for.
  • The program will follow the timeline of the traditional semester. The university calendar can be found here https://registrar.utexas.edu/calendars.
  • Unfortunately, learners residing in one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this program: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this program in all locations. edX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.