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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 2023
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
In the top 25 graduate programs among public and private universities, #15 in Artificial Intelligence

The CICS undergraduate program in computer science ranks #29 among all public and private institutions in the U.S.

U.S. News & World Report 2022
#1 public program in Northeast, #14 public program in the U.S.

A Decade of Growth

Since 2011, enrollment in CICS undergraduate and graduate programs has increased by over 300%.

A Destination of Choice for High Achieving Students

(First-year students, Fall 2021)
Average High School

GPA 4.2


Average SAT 


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

Bright Futures

Our talented graduates start out a step ahead.

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

(Class of 2021)


Median salary for bachelor’s degree graduates


Median salary for MS/PhD graduates


Percentage of graduates who remain in Massachusetts for their first job


Percentage of CICS undergraduate students who participated in one or more internships during their time at UMass Amherst

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 Faculty86
  • Lifetime Research Achievement Awards 22
  • Professional Society Fellows44
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Awards32
  • UMass Amherst Distinguished Professors7

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 FY21)


    including $4.1M from corporations
  • Expenditures (in FY21)


    a 46% increase since 2011
  • Collaborations

    with every college across campus