Computer Science, MCS (on campus or online)

This degree is offered as an on-campus program or online via the Internet.

The online option allows individuals to earn a Master of Computer Science degree from a leader in information technology entirely online with no required campus visits. Online students have the option to complete the comprehensive MCS track or the MCS program with a data science track. All online classes are taught by our world-recognized faculty. Online students also receive additional instructional support from Computer Science Graduate Teaching Assistants and program staff. Off-campus students have 5 years in which to complete the program. The degree awarded is the same as the on-campus M.C.S. degree. Admissions procedures and forms can be found at Graduate Admissions.

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Graduate Degree Requirements and the Graduate College Handbook.

This degree is offered as an on-campus program or online via the Internet.

Breadth Requirement12-16
Advanced courses – chosen from CS 500 - CS 590 and CS 598; CS 597, or an approved non-CS 500-level course may satisfy 4 credit hours of this requirement.12
Elective courses (subject to Other Requirements and Conditions below)4-8
Total Hours32

Other Requirements and Conditions1

Other Requirements and Conditions may overlap
A minimum of 24 CS credit hours must be taken from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.
A minimum of 12 500-level credit hours overall.
A maximum of 4 hours of CS 591 and CS 491 may be applied toward the degree.
A grade of B- or higher is required for Breadth course work.
At most, 12 semester credit hours of previous graduate course work may be transferred and applied to the M.C.S. degree requirements and 12 credit hours of non-degree graduate courses completed in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus may be transferred and applied to the M.C.S. degree requirements.
All degree requirements must be completed within three consecutive semesters (only fall and spring semesters are counted).
Off-campus students have 5 years in which to complete this degree.
The minimum program GPA is 3.0.