Master of Science in Computer Science


The UMass Dartmouth Online MS in Computer Science program is a fully online program designed to allow students to graduate in four semesters. The program provides the students with knowledge of core computer science topics in software, systems, and theory and on this foundation builds each student’s expertise in selected areas of specialization. The program through its set of offered electives has a focus on software rather than on computer systems. This focus is rooted in the research and professional expertise of our faculty.

Master of Science in Computer Science | 100% Online | UMass Dartmouth

The program offers the same education as our well established MS program offers in our classrooms on the UMass Dartmouth campus. We make every possible effort to ensure that the on-line course is offered by a full-time experienced faculty member who instructs the same course on our campus. The only difference is in the method of course delivery. We make the same commitment to our on-line students as we have made to our on campus students for the past twenty-five years of computer science graduate education in the Department of Computer and Information Science.

Our students graduate with the knowledge and skills required to develop high quality computer systems and application software. They are trained to be self-learners and follow the rapid changes in the field of computing throughout their careers. As highly qualified professionals, our graduates are ready to build a successful career in the computer industry, research institutions, and government.

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ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, NEW MEXICO, MARYLAND, and MINNESOTA RESIDENTS: UMass Dartmouth does not presently consider applications for online degree or certificate programs from applicants whose permanent residence is in Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Maryland or Minnesota because of the regulations resulting from legislation in these states. For details about regulations in your state that may affect your enrollment in an online program offered by another state, you may wish to consult your state's Department of Education and/or learn about efforts of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements at If you are a resident of Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Maryland, or Minnesota, UMass Dartmouth welcomes your application to a face-to-face program only.



Registration is administered through University Extension at UMass Dartmouth. Students will be invoiced. Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Tuition $1659
Technology Fee $150
College Fee $150
Library Access Fee $18
Registration Fee (One time per semester) $30
Total Per Course* $2007

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* Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course


The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Did you know?

University of Massachusetts has earned several awards for its distance learning programs, faculty and technology including:

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell’s B.S. in Information Technology Ranked Among Top Affordable Online IT Degrees by Get Educated in 2011
  • UMass Ranked Among Top 10 Best Colleges in Online Education in Communication & Public Relations Degrees, 2011 by The Best Colleges
  • UMass ranks 19th highest-rated university in the world by the Times of London.
  • UMass ranked 56th in the Times of London’s Top 200
  • UMassOnline, UMass Boston President’s Special Achievement Award, Valerie C. Haven, Sloan-C 2010 Awards
  • University of Massachusetts Ranked Among Top 28 Best Value in Online Education for Human Services & Psychology Professionals, 2009 by Get Educated
  • Ranked Top 10 Online Degrees Colleges- September 2009 (Online Degree
  • UMassOnline Awarded Public Sector of the Year by Mass Technology Leadership Council , 2008
  • Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program, UMass Lowell's Online Graduate Behavioral Intervention in Autism Program, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards, 2008
  • 'Excellence in Online Teaching' Award, Dr. Jeannette E. Riley, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards, 2008
  • 21st Century Best Practices Award, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • Program of Excellence, University Continuing Education Association (UCEA)-Journalism Certificate
  • Excellence in Faculty Development, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Programming, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Teaching, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • UMass Amherst Isenberg MBA, Top 10 national rankings, #4 Best Professors (2005, 2006, 2007 Princeton Review: Best Business Schools rankings)
  • 4th in Primary Care Education, U.S. World Reports
  • Excellence in Distance Teaching Education - United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 

Candidates for the MS degree in CIS must complete a minimum of 30 credits of coursework, including three of four designated core courses (9 credits), master’s project (3 credits) and six CIS graduate elective courses (18 credits). Graduate coursework comprises 500 and 600-level courses, although up to six credits of the total may be taken in advanced CIS undergraduate (400-level) courses. Only courses completed with the grade of "C" or higher can count towards graduate credits. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 (B average) in order to remain in good academic standing. An overall GPA of 3.0 is required to obtain the MS degree.

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university to apply for the MS in Computer Science. Applicants must include the following materials:

•    Graduate application form
•    $60 Application fee (credit card if using the web application; otherwise, check or money order)
•    GRE test score (sent directly from ETS , copies/scans not accepted)
•    Resume
•    Statement of purpose: a 1-2 page essay describing motivation and goals in studying for the MS in CS
•    Official college transcripts (listing courses taken, grades and degree(s) received)*
•    Three  letters of recommendation, preferably,  including one from a faculty member and one from an employer
•    International students: TOEFL score report (official copy from ETS or IELTS)
* Students must provide original transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended.

You may send all items together (preferred) or separately, via email or mail. We must have all items to evaluate your application. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Send materials to

Graduate Studies Office
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300

Financial Aid: 

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has several financial programs to assist graduate students with the cost of advanced studies. These programs apply to degree-seeking, matriculated students only. Non-degree students who have not received formal admission to the university, often called "Special Students" at UMass Dartmouth, are generally not eligible to receive financial aid.

In order to apply for any financial aid you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Graduate students are not eligible for federal or state grant programs.

For the most up-to-date information on the financial aid process and scholarship opportunities, please visit the UMass Dartmouth Financial Aid website.

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