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FAQ

Can I transfer from the online program to the in-person program?

After satisfactory completion of four online courses, online students may transfer to the in-person program. Students must earn a B or better in at least two core courses and a C or better in non-core courses before transferring to the in-person program. 

Will UMass sponsor my student visa?

International students may transfer to the on-campus program after satisfactory completion of four courses. Visa sponsorship would take place after the four courses are completed. Please visit the UMass International Programs Office website for more information.

When is the application due?

Applications for the fall semester are due June 1.

Applications for the spring semester are due December 1.

When will I find out if I've been accepted?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. You should be notified of the admissions decision 10 business days after your application is complete (including letters of recommendation).

How can I learn more?

Sign up for an information session or sign up to receive more information about events, deadlines, and our program. 

Is the curriculum the same as the in-person master's of computer science program?

Yes, the curriculum for the online program is the same as the in-person program's. Not all courses are available online, but more are being added each semester. 

If I'm enrolled in the in-person master's program, can I transfer to the online program?

Yes, on-campus master's students may transfer to the online program. International students may have restrictions; please visit the UMass International Programs Office website for more information.

I'd like to try out the online program. Can I take courses as a non-degree student? 

Yes, you can take courses before committing to the online degree program. If you later join the program, you can transfer credits from up to two courses towards your degree. Learn how >> 

Can I complete the master's concentrations in data science, security, or field experience?

At this time, online students can complete the Data Science or Security concentrations fully online. The Field Experience concentration cannot be completed online. Talk to your advisor to ensure that you optimize your course schedule to complete the concentrations.

How many courses should I take per semester?

We recommend taking one or two courses per semester. Talk to your advisor about your situation. International students may have restrictions; please visit the UMass International Programs Office website for more information.