12 months
29864 USD/year
29864 USD/year
19754 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Computer Science program of the University of Minnesota is our coursework-only program. Applicants to this degree are interested in expanding their skills but are not interested in the research aspects of computer science.


General degree information

Students are currently working in industry in the U.S. and have been out of school for a period of time. The minimum GPA for an M.C.S. student is 3.0.

Candidates for this degree must complete a minimum of 31-semester credits in graduate courses with a minimum of 16 credits in the major. All major credits must be 5000 level or above, and at least 6 of the total credits must be 8000-level courses. These 8000-level credits must be Department of Computer Science course credits. One credit of the Computer Science Colloquium is mandatory and should be taken before filing a graduate degree plan and should be included on that form. Related field or minor courses are not required but are optional.

Students in the Computer Science program of the University of Minnesota can take most of their coursework online (through UNITE) or at night. Due to limited 8000 level courses offered through UNITE, it is challenging to complete the degree completely online. Students should expect to visit campus for various reasons connected to a course and degree completion steps. Courses that are offered online may require a student to be on campus for various things such as exams or presentations at the instructor's discretion.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • User Interface Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Operating Systems
  • Analysis of Numerical Algorithms
  • Human-Computer Interaction and User Interface Technology
  • Recommender Systems
  • Distributed Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


31 SCH


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A candidate must be a professional working in the computer science field or a closely related field in the United States at the time of application.
  • A candidate must have a prior undergraduate or graduate degree in a major with a substantial background in computer science & engineering.
  • A candidate must have a demonstrated ability to maintain a 3.0 GPA or greater. (There is no minimum GPA requirement to be eligible to apply. Admissions is based on a holistic review of all application materials provided.)
  • Language scores must meet university operational standard.  
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for admission.
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Diversity statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae or resume

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29864 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 29864 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    29864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29864 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    19754 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19754 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Minneapolis

1130 - 2045 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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