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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
    (US News Best Graduate Schools)
  • #7
    US News Best Graduate Schools
  • 8
    Programming Languages
    U.S. News & World Report, 2021



  • Cost Per Course
  • Tuition
*Students may be eligible for federal financial aid subject to federal aid requirements.

Important dates & deadlines


  • Application Opens
    June 1, 2022
  • Priority Application Deadline
    August 15, 2022
  • Final Application Deadline
    September 15, 2022
  • Program Start
    January 2023
*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
  • TOEFL or IELTS - Required for International Students**
  • GRE scores - Currently Optional*
  • 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 Requirement: 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 2023. Please keep in mind:

  • We encourage all applicants to submit your official GRE scores in an effort to bolster your application.
  • If you do not have a relevant or related degree (as clarified above), or have not been in school for over 10 years, a GRE score will assist the Admissions Committee in their review.

**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


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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