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Computer Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #47 (BCR) Pittsburgh, PA, United States
The MS degree program in computer science provides students with a deeper exploration of the theory and practice of computer science, preparing them for careers in industry.


 The MS degree program requires 30 credits of formal coursework, including either a thesis or project.  The MS Thesis option allows students with an interest in computer science research to complete 24 credits of coursework plus six credits of faculty-supervised research, and concludes with the defense of a written thesis presenting the results of their original research.  The project option allows students to pursue applications of their coursework within the context of a faculty-supervised project; this option requires the completion of 27 credits of coursework plus three credits of work on a faculty-supervised project.  In either case, the MS in Computer Science in typically earned over a period of two academic years.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design and Analysis of Algorithms
  • Theory of Computation
  • Algorithm Design
  • Introduction to Theory of Computation
  • Computer Architecture
  • Compiler Design
  • Computer Operating Systems
  • Wide Area Networks
  • Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
  • Principles of Database Systems

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • We require at least three letters of recommendation, two of these must be from Professors (preferable with PhD’s), especially if you are applying for a PhD degree. 
  • Your application will be available for review by the department once all the evaluator’s letters are submitted and all the transcripts are uploaded.
  • We do require the GRE general exam although we do not have a minimum score requirement
  • The required minimum TOEFL score 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    13198 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13198 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Pittsburgh

  • 1148 - 1950 USD/month
    Living Costs

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