M.Sc. On Campus

Computer Science

KAUST: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

12 months
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The Computer Science (CS) program at the KAUST: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology trains students to create computational infrastructure and apply computational methods to a variety of areas. 


CS offers six tracks, each of which leads to a frontier of computing: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Systems, High Performance Computing, Theoretical Computer Science, Visual Computing, and Computational Biosciences.

Among several applications, the Computer Science program at KAUST: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology focuses on large-scale networked computer systems, cloud computing, computational aerodynamics, computational biology, computer graphics, biomedical ontology, semantic integration, spatial-temporal databases, remote sensing, data mining, urban planning, environmental sensing, medical and biological disciplines (for the complete list of courses, please check the CS Program Guide provided below). CS is nonetheless in fast expansion and CEMSE’s program is on the front line offering students tools and the opportunities to break new ground.

Programme Structure

The fields of research in the Computer Science program at KAUST include the following areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Computational Biosciences
  • Computer Systems and Databases
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Visual Computing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • KAUST requires a minimum TOEFL score of 79 on the IBT (Internet Based Test) or 6.0 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The KAUST admissions code is 4107. Only official TOEFL or IELTS scores will be accepted. TOEFL or IELTS scores for tests administered by an educational institution for admission to that particular institution are not acceptable.
  • A TOEFL or IELTS score is not required if the applicant received a degree from an accredited institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • KAUST does not require the GRE exam for admission. However, we strongly encourage students to take the GRE general test. 
  • Submit an official, complete university Transcript/ Mark sheets/ Graduation Certificate/ Academic Record from every institution previously attended.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Thuwal

2270 - 3445 SAR /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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