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Computer Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Houston, TX, United States
The University of Houston, Department of Computer Science offers an M.S. in Computer Science degree, which has the choice of a thesis or non-thesis option.


The MS in Computer Science provides a theoretical and applied understanding of various specialties in the computing field. Students can choose the non-thesis option or thesis option. The former is non-research based while the latter is research focused that prepares students to continue into a Ph.D. program. Either option prepares a student to pursue a career in a variety of job sectors.

Our program places a strong emphasis on specialty to ensure students gain the in-demand skills and knowledge necessary for today’s careers in computing. MS students are required to pursue a track specialization in Core Computer Sciences, Data Analytics, Parallel and Distributed Systems, or Interactive Media.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Data Structures & Algorithms
  • Machine Learning
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Theory of Computation
  • Database Systems
  • Operating Systems

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Scanned copies of your transcripts and, if completed, degrees (English translation, if necessary).
  • Scanned copy of your GRE score report
  • Statement of purpose (one page)
  • Resume
  • Names and email addresses of three recommenders (preferably academic)
  • Nonrefundable $75 application fee. Application fee cannot be waived.
  • Scanned copy of passport
  • Letter of financial backing and bank statement—only required for F-1 or J-1 visa; not required for a decision, but an I-20 will not be printed until suitable financial backing is received.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    900 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 900 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    385 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 385 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Houston

  • 1067 - 1950 USD/month
    Living Costs

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