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Degree University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Master of Computer Science

Deepen your computer science knowledge and accelerate your career with a top ranked degree program

  • Overview
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    AT A GLANCE
    • Provider: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Platform: Coursera
    • Length: 12-36 months - Each course will require 10-12 hours per week, depending on the student’s background
    • Nº Courses: 8 courses
    • Cost: $19,200 plus fees
    • Format: Completely online
    • First class starting: August 16, 2018
    • Link to Degree Page: Master of Computer Science | Coursera

    Overview
    Join the ranks of leaders in computer science who have degrees from CS @ ILLINOIS, including founders and leaders of Malwarebytes, Match.com, Microsoft, Netscape, Optimizely, PayPal, Siebel Systems, YouTube, and Yelp. The Master of Computer Science, a graduate degree designed for professionals, consists of eight advanced courses in computing. Choose four core areas from which you’ll build expertise such as machine learning, data mining, software engineering, scientific computing, parallel programming, computer systems, and more. Students interested in a data science focus should consider the University of Illinois Master of Computer Science in Data Science, available on Coursera since 2016.

    The Master of Computer Science is offered by CS @ ILLINOIS, a US News & World Report top five CS graduate program. Join our alumni network of entrepreneurs, educators, and technical visionaries, who have revolutionized the way people communicate, shop, conduct business, and are entertained. From the ILLIAC to Blue Waters, OpenMP to MPI, Mosaic to YouTube, and the first vectorizing compilers to LLVM, CS @ ILLINOIS has long been at the forefront of excellence in computing and in education.

    Who is this degree for:
    Designed for computing professionals, the Master of Computer Science is a graduate degree credential that builds skill and knowledge in advanced topics of computer science. The degree is suitable for students with a baccalaureate degree in a computing-related field as well as students who want to demonstrate computer science expertise in addition to a degree in another field.

    Tuition:
    The Master of Computer Science assesses $19,200 in tuition for the 32 credit-hour degree. Tuition is charged as $600 per credit hour for all eight 4-credit hour courses, and is billed as each course is taken. Students can complete the degree in as little as one year taking three or four courses per term, while others will finish in two to three years by taking one course per term. Students that need to skip a term due to work, family, or other life interruptions do not pay tuition for that semester.

    In addition to tuition, students are responsible for additional fees such as concurrent Coursera MOOC registration, online exam proctoring, and cloud programming platform fees. These costs are typically less than an additional $2,000 for the entire degree. Though CS @ ILLINOIS does not have any assistantships or scholarships available for this program, domestic students may qualify for Federal Student Aid. Like all Illinois degrees, the Master of Computer Science is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    Office hours or live event information:
    If you have any questions, please review our FAQ section below, or feel free to email us at mcs@cs.illinois.edu.

    Start your application
    The next cohort starts on August 16, 2018.

    Final Deadline: May 30, 2018

    See Admissions Requirements
    Applications are open three times per year, for cohorts starting in the fall, spring, and summer.

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