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Computer Science, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #601 (QS) , NY,
The study of computer science at Queens College is a springboard to any field that uses computers and computation for data analysis (Big Data) and for scientific discovery—from financial services to health care.


The dynamic and growing field of computer science provides opportunities for intellectual activity, research, and future employment. The aim of the master’s program is to prepare students for professional careers in private industry, government, and academe. For those who seek academic careers and opportunities for more advanced research, the master’s program may constitute a significant portion of the PhD program offered by the CUNY Graduate Center. The Master of Arts in computer science includes courses in four areas of study: software, theoretical foundations, hardware, and mathematical applications and algorithms.The software area is the primary focus of the program, and includes courses in fundamental algorithms, software design, database systems, distributed software systems, operating systems, compiler design, graphics, information organization and retrieval, and artificial intelligence. The Theoretical Foundations courses include the mathematical treatment of such topics as formal language theory, automata theory, and computability theory. The Hardware area course offerings cover topics including computer systems design, networking principles, and distributed hardware systems. The Mathematical Applications and Algorithms area includes courses covering sequential and parallel numerical algorithms, applications of probability and statistics to the study of hardware and software systems, and principles of simulation and modeling.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Software Design
  • Compiler Construction
  • Computer Graphics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • 3 letters of recommendation, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, and a 500-word essay
  • GRE is not required for this program

Tuition Fee

  • National

    10450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5225 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Non Residents : 805 $ per credit 

Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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