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CICS at a Glance

National Rankings

CICS graduate programs in computer science rank in the top 25 among public and private institutions in North America.

U.S. News & World Report 2024
CICS also consistently ranks among the top 20 computer science graduate programs on CS Rankings, a metrics-based ranking system managed by CICS professor Emery Berger
#8 graduate program among public universities, #16 in Artificial Intelligence

The CICS undergraduate program in computer science ranks #40 among all public and private institutions in the U.S.

U.S. News & World Report 2023
#1 public program in Northeast, #22 public program in the U.S.

A Decade of Growth

Since 2013, enrollment in CICS undergraduate and graduate programs has increased by over 300%.

A New Generation of Computer and Information Scientists

(First-year students, Fall 2023)


Up from 14.5% in 2016 and comparable to the industry benchmark of 26%


eligible for need-based aid

Bright Futures

Our talented graduates start out a step ahead.

The annual graduate outcomes report includes detailed information about post-graduate placement.

(Class of 2023)


Median salary for MS graduates


unique employers hire BS/BA students within 6 months of graduation


Percentage of alumni remain in Massachusetts


of BS/BA students continue for an advanced degree

Internationally Recognized Faculty

Since the founding of the UMass Amherst computer science program in 1964, our faculty have continuously been recognized for their achievements and contributions to computing. More »

  • Tenure-Stream & Teaching Faculty88
  • Lifetime Research Achievement Awards 23
  • Professional Society Fellows47
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Awards34
  • UMass Amherst Distinguished Professors8

Innovative Interdisciplinary Research

We deliver on the promise of computing by developing secure, fair, trustworthy, easy-to-use, and helpful technologies that advance science, improve our quality of life, and contribute to the progress of society.

Excellence & Impact

  • New awards (in FY23)


    a 53% increase since 2013
  • Expenditures (in FY23)


    a 49% increase since 2013
  • Collaborations

    with every college across campus