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Computer Science (MS) 
Program Description

Students can pursue either a thesis or a non-thesis Master’s. The non-thesis option is designed for students to develop more sophisticated programming, theoretical, and applied skills for working in industry. The thesis-based master’s degree is designed for students considering research-based careers, and may pursue a doctoral program. Only the most qualified and well-prepared students are considered for a thesis-based program, and that determination is made after a few semesters in the program. Students who successfully complete an MS degree may command a higher salary and positions with more authority and autonomy in industry.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Computer Science -

The Department of Computer Science offers programs leading to the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees with a major in computer science. The department's programs prepare graduate students for positions in the design and development of computer systems and applications in business and industry and for scientific positions in industrial or academic computing research. Areas of research interest within the department currently include analysis of algorithms, cloud computing, compilers, computational biology, database systems, data visualization, embedded systems, natural language processing, networks, operating systems, theory, storage systems, security, and vision.

College of Science  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Chelsea L Skotnicki
Graduate Program Coordinator
Chelsea L Skotnicki
Director of Graduate Studies
Rick Snodgrass
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Abraham Edward Cooper
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements


Standardized Tests

Required - GRE General (all applicants) and TOEFL (international applicants)


Financial Aid

The Department of Computer Science does not guarantee funding for any MS student. Funding and graduate assistant opportunities are prioritized for PhD candidates. Limited opportunities for teaching assistants are available and students will be contacted if selected for a position.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15 (available October 15)
  • Spring: On a limited basis, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator to determine if applications are being accepted.

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15 (available October 15)
  • Spring: Applications are not accepted.
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 4832, 0401, 0402, 0499

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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Last revised 31 May 2019