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.

While not required, MS candidates may complete a master’s project or thesis. Projects are carried out with the approval of, and under the supervision of, a faculty member. A master’s project can be expanded into a master’s thesis, which requires two faculty readers.

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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: April 1
  • We no longer offer spring admissions


The Department of Computer Science is committed to making our professional MS degree accessible to a wide variety of students. To help with tuition costs, we offer scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 for full-time study.

All admitted students will be considered for these awards – no separate application is required. If you are selected for an award, you will be notified at the time of your admission.

In the interest of growing a more diverse student body, the we focus on three main categories when awarding MS scholarships:

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

These awards require that the recipient maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout their studies.

Commitment to Diversity

Beyond our scholarships, the BU Department of Computer Science is continually evolving to make our programs more accessible to diverse communities. To aid in this commitment, we are honored to have been selected as a 2019 BRAID Affiliate School.

Financial Aid

You may request Financial Aid on the graduate application.