Faculty Recruiting Make a Gift

Degree Programs

Graduate Degree Programs

There are three Graduate Degree Programs offered by the College of Information and Computer Sciences.

Master of Science (M.S.)

M.S. Students are required to pass 4 core requirements, complete 30 credit hours (credits include core courses taken to pass requirements), with an option to complete a 6-credit MS Project toward the 30 credits.

The College expects that students starting work toward a Masters degree have a solid undergraduate background in Computer Science.

Master of Science/Doctor of Philosophy (M.S./Ph.D.)

Most Computer Science graduate students are admitted in the MS/PhD track. That means they are intending to work toward a PhD, but will acquire a masters degree along the way. During the first stage of a student's graduate career, he or she will be simultaneously working toward the MS degree and compiling a portfolio, both of which are requirements of the PhD.

M.S./Ph.D students are required to pass 6 core requirements, complete 36 credit hours (credits include core courses taken to pass requirements), 18 Dissertation Credits, and a 6-credit MS Project (which can be applied to the 36 credit hours).

The College expects that students starting work in the MS/PhD track have a solid undergraduate background in Computer Science.

Most MS/PhD students are supported by research or teaching assistantships.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Students admitted into the PhD-only program usually arrive at UMass having already earned an MS degree at an accredited University.

Ph.D. students are required to pass 6 core requirements, complete 18 credits (credits include core courses taken to pass core requirements), and 18 Dissertation Credits.

Most PhD students are supported by research or teaching assistantships.