The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Computer Science - MS

Division: Physical Sciences
Degree Type: M.S 

Program Description

The Master's Program in Computer Science provides students with a deep foundation in computer science and the skills required for an exciting career in software engineering, finance, trading analytics and pushes into cutting edge technology.

What sets our program apart from other programs is our ability to tailor course work to the needs of our students, regardless of previous computing experience or career objectives.

We are able to accommodate working professionals and varying schedules, so the program may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis to best fit your needs. Our classes are held in the evening at the Hyde Park Campus and at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago.

Students must take a minimum of 9 courses to graduate which includes five core classes and four electives courses, with fulltime students able to complete the program in as little as 9 months and part-time students completing the program in as few as 15 months.

Unlike other programs where a specific set of prerequisites is required for entry to the program, we realize some students may not have the computer science background needed as a foundation for success in the program but plenty of relevant experience or expertise. To accommodate those with less experience in math and/or programming, we offer an Immersion Phase to introduce students with limited previous exposure to computing to the fundamental and introductory skills that are needed to successfully begin the masters level coursework.

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  • Masters in Computer Science, Department of Computer Science
  • The University of Chicago
  • 1100 E. 58th Street
  • Ryerson Laboratory, Room 155
  • Chicago, IL 60637
  • Phone: 773.834.3388
  • Admissions Office:
  • Department of Computer Science:

Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application. Paper applications are not accepted.


Deadline for admissions:

Quarter to Enroll    US Citizen Application Deadline International Applicant Deadline
Winter 2014 December 1, 2013 N/A
Summer 2014 June 1, 2014 February 1, 2014
Autumn 2014 September 1, 2014 February 1, 2014

Degree Objective

MS only.

Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. Statement of Purpose
  3. Resume
  4. Three recommendation letters
  5. Official GRE scores
  6. Official TOEFL scores (if required)
  7. Official copies of all transcripts
  8. Immersion Phase Waiver (required for any quarter except Summer)

Admissions Decisions

International applicants will begin to be notified after March 1st of our admission decision. Domestic admissions decisions are released in a rolling basis. No decisions will be given by phone.

Program Requirements

To graduate, students are required to take nine courses in addition to the Immersion Phase courses (if needed). The nine courses include five core classes and four electives.




Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition for the Masters Program in Computer Science is $5055 per course for the 2013-2014 academic year. The program consists of 9 courses, not including the Immersion Phase. The Immersion Phase consists of two classes, concepts of Programming class and Math for Computer Science. Each class is 150 credit hours. Tuition is $5000 per class. The CS department does not offer any financial assistance, scholarships or funding for the Masters Program. To find out about student loan information visit the Student Loan Administration website.