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Master's in Computer Science Program

The college offers concentrations in Data Science and Security which meets all of the regular non-thesis master's degree requirements. The requirements for the Concentrations in Data Science and Security emphasize data science and security related courses.

All master's program students are expected to have a solid undergraduate background in computer science. If you are unsure of your background, you should consult master's advisor, Elizabeth Parolski, for course options.

Master's students are required to:

  • Satisfy 4 Core Requirements (at least one from each area)
  • Complete 30-course credits meeting the Course Requirements (core courses taken to satisfy core requirements are included)

The Master's in Computer Science degree is a non-thesis degree, however, students interested in research are encouraged to participate in independent study research after their first semester of coursework. In addition, we have a Master's Project 6 credit research opportunity. 

Sample Schedule

Our MS degree in Amherst usually takes two years (four semesters) to complete. We recommend the following distribution of courses for the four semesters:






core (3cr)
non-core (3cr)
non-technical/non-core (3 cr) 

*International students must be registered for 9 credits to fulfill fulltime visa requirements

core (3cr)
non-core (6cr) 

Internship (optional)

*CPT approval requires students to be enrolled in two consecutive semesters before applying; exception is only for field experience concentration 


core (3 cr)
non-core (6 cr) 


core (3 cr) -not online

*International students are permitted one final semester of less than 9 credits


Your background and the available course offerings may cause you to shift from this model. This list is intended only as a guide. We strongly recommend that students take no more than three graduate-level classes in any semester.

International Students

International students should consider a Curricular Practical Training during the first summer following the completion of two academic semesters. See the CICS CPT Process

New for 2020-2021!!! Co-op opportunities for students who want to participate in a full-time internship during their academic semester! See CICS Careers for opportunities for both domestic and international students!

campus Employment

All MS students are eligible to apply for 15-week grader appointments after their first semester. Campus graduate hourly positions are also available.