Advance to the forefront of computer science

The field of computer science fuels innovation and drives change around the world. It’s no wonder demand is intense for experts with deep, fundamental understanding of computer and information systems. With a Master of Science in Computer Science from Boston University, you can take your place at the forefront of computing research, education, or industry.

By completing just eight graduate-level courses in our rigorous MS program, you’ll acquire an in-depth knowledge of theory, software, systems, and applications. You’ll also gain expertise through hands-on experience, working with world-class faculty members. And you’ll do it all in Boston – a thriving, global hub of computer research.

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MS admissions decisions are reviewed on a rolling basis. All applications and materials should be submitted electronically through the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Please note that the application fee must be paid for an application to be processed.

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MS Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester admission: May 1
  • Spring semester admission: November 1 (of the previous year)


The Department of Computer Science offers a small amount of merit-based scholarships to MS applicants. All admitted students will be considered for these awards – no separate application is required. In the interest of growing a more diverse student body, the Department of Computer Science focuses on three main categories when awarding MS scholarships:

  1. Under-represented minorities
  2. Women
  3. High-achieving students

These awards, which are generally around $5,000 per semester of full-time study, require that the recipient maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Financial Aid

You may request Financial Aid on the graduate application.