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Computer Science, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
Deepen your computer science knowledge and accelerate your career with Master in Computer Science offered by Coursera in partnership with the University of Illinois for computing professionals.


The Master of Computer Science offered by Coursera in partnership with the University of Illinois, a US News & World Report top five CS graduate program. Join the 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, Illinois Computer Science has long been at the forefront of excellence in computing and in education.


Practical courses designed to help you master skills that you can start applying to your career right away.


The Master of Computer Science is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Architecture, Compilers and Parallel Computing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Database and Information Systems
  • Formal Methods, Programming Languages and Software Engineering
  • Graphics and Human-Computer Interaction
  • Systems and Networking


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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description
      12 - 36 months
  • Credits
    32 alternative credits
    credit hours
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3
Recommended score: 3.2

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 3.2 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).


  • A bachelor’s degree
  • 3.0/4.0 undergraduate GPA or higher (from the last two years of bachelor’s degree coursework)
  • Sufficient background in object-oriented computer programming, data structures & algorithms (e.g. a “data structures” course or comparable knowledge)
  • Not already completed a graduate degree in computer science. 


  • A bachelor’s degree in a computing field
  • 3.2/4.0 undergraduate GPA or higher
  • Programming experience demonstrated by employment or a list of programming projects
  • Programming experience with C++ and/or Java

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    21000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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