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Full time Part time BS to MS Duration: 3-4 Semesters
UMass Lowell’s program offers theoretical grounding combined with an industry-influenced curriculum that sets our graduates apart. Alumni of the program work in companies like Amazon, Bloomberg, EMC, Facebook, Fidelity, Google, IBM, Microsoft, MITRE and Raytheon.
Graduates of the program work across industries, in large and small organizations – and start their own companies, with expertise gained through an entrepreneurship option. Bioinformatics option graduates work primarily in the life sciences sector, improving people’s lives by making sense of the voluminous biological and health-care related data available today.
Opportunities abound for students to work on industry-sponsored research projects and in well-funded research centers and labs, like the Robotics Lab. Students collaborate with their peers on projects and field competitive teams, like the one that developed the "Rover Hawk" robot that took first place at a NASA competition. And students work with and learn from faculty who are experts in AI and Machine Learning, Information/Systems Security and Big Data.
A relationship with the Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center provides the capacity for big data analysis, and collaborations with the Francis College of Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Department adds value to the UMass Lowell experience. Our program is ranked in the top 100 programs in the U.S. and is fully accredited.
UMass Lowell’s Computer Science department is top ranked highly among computer science departments in the United States by CSRankings.org, in areas such as Machine Learning and Data Mining, Computer Security, Robotics, Programming Languages, Mobile Computing, Embedded and Realtime Systems, Design Automation, Computer Vision and Databases.
The CS Master’s in Science curriculum requires that students take between 30 and 34 credits. In addition to 12 credits in core courses, students may take electives grouped into one of the following areas: 1) Human-Computer Interaction, Visualization, Robotics and AI; 2) Foundations; 3) Systems and Networks; or 4) Information Management and Analysis. An optional master’s thesis may count toward up to 6 credit hours.
The Master of Science, General Option
Students may choose to gain a concentration in Bioinformatics or Entrepreneurship:
The Master of Science, Professional Science Master's Entrepreneurship Option
For more information on the curriculum including course listings and degree pathways, visit the Graduate Catalog.
See the Graduate Catalog for additional requirements of the program.
Visit Graduate Admissions for more information or apply to the Master of Science in Computer Science.
Total credits to complete the master’s=30 for MS in Computer Science; 30 for the bioinformatics option, and 34 for the PSM in Entrepreneurship option.
An optional master's thesis can be substituted for at most six credits.
In-State Residents’ full-time student Total Cost per Credit, 2018-2019: $836.65
Out of State/Out of Country total costs per credit, 2018-2019: $1,489.99
For more information, visit Costs & Aid for Graduate Programs.
Financial assistance options include:
U.S. residents are eligible to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify for loans and other grant programs.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for software developers is expected to grow 24 percent through 2026 – an occupation that is experiencing a critical labor shortage already.
Companies that have hired our graduates include Amazon, BAE, Cisco, EMC, Facebook, Fidelity, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, iRobot, MITRE, Microsoft, Oracle and Raytheon.
John Kilgo VI, a software systems engineer at MITRE Corporation in Bedford, Mass., works full-time while enrolled in UMass Lowell’s master’s in computer science program part-time. It’s helping him improve on the job. Read more
Robots may soon be able to tell us how they’re doing, thanks to defense department grant that will advance machine learning and Artificial Intelligence by bringing together UMass Lowell’s robotics experts with those at Carnegie Mellon University, Tufts University and Brigham Young University. Read more