• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The Computer Science in Data Science offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Illinois is designed to be flexible and fast — you can earn your Master’s with 100% online courses in as little as 12 months, while applying your learning immediately to your job.


The Computer Science in Data Science offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Illinois requires 32 credit hours of graduate coursework, completed through eight graduate-level courses. The MCS requires that four of these eight courses are chosen from four different core areas of computer science, and that three of these eight courses are at the advanced graduate level (500-level). 

The Online MCS currently offers coursework in the core areas of artificial intelligence, databases, interactive computing, software engineering, scientific computing, and high-performance computing.


Students love that they can apply their learning immediately at their current job.

Illinois Computer Science is part of the largest alumni network in the country, with 450,000+ alumni worldwide. Wherever you are in the world, you’re never far from fellow Illini.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Machine Learning
  • Text Information Systems
  • Database Systems 
  • Introduction to Data Mining

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
      part-time in three to five years by taking one course at a time.
  • Credits
    32 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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).

General Requirements

Applicants for the degree program must have:

  • An eligible bachelor's degree (check to see if your degree is eligible)
  • 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA (from the last two years of bachelor's degree coursework)
  • A strong background in object-oriented computer programming, data structures, and algorithms (this should include a "data structures" course or comparable experience). 
  • Not already completed a graduate degree in computer science, computer engineering or a closely related field
Applicants for the degree program are recommended to have:
  • A bachelor's degree in a computing field 
  • 3.2/4.0 undergraduate GPA or higher
  • Programming experience with C++ 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

    19200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19200 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    19200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19200 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Coursera financial aid is available for the Specializations component of the program. Domestic students may qualify for Federal Student Aid, since the Master of Computer Science in Data Science, like all Illinois degrees, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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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