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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Registration is administered through Online & Continuing Education 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 Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

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University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has earned several awards for its online programs including:

  • First UMass approved as a SARA Institution in Massachusetts
  • UMass Dartmouth is ranked as a Tier 1 National Research University - U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked 3rd for best online colleges in Massachusetts - College Choice, Affordable Colleges Online
  • The College of Nursing is listed among the "Best Graduate Schools" in the U.S., 98th of 1,000 - U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked 10th in the nation for best online bachelor's degree in accounting - College Choice
  • Ranked 11th for online MBA in healthcare management programs - The Best Schools
  • Ranked 6th of 33 Massachusetts schools for affordability of online programs - College Choice
  • Ranked 26th nationally for the MS in Healthcare Management offered by Charlton College of Business - Master's Program Guide
  • Excellence in Online Teaching - Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Ranked 7th nationally for most affordable online colleges for bachelor's degrees - College Choice
  • Ranked 10th for best online master's programs in public policy nationwide - Best Colleges
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  • In the top 10 for undergraduate accounting programs in Massachusetts - Accounting Degree Review
  • Online MBA program ranked in the top 33% nationwide - U.S. News & World Report
  • Designated a Military Friendly School ® with leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience - Military Friendly

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: 

Your UMass Dartmouth education is an investment in your future. There are a number of ways to finance your education including grants, scholarships, and loans. Your workplace may offer reimbursement for education if you check with the Human Resources Department where you work.

To be eligible for grants and loans, students must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program, and be taking at least 6 credits per semester.

FAFSA application

You must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to receive UMassD need-based education loans and grants. You must be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program, and taking at least 6 credits per semester. 

By submitting your completed FAFSA, you may be eligible for a number of need-based grants or loans. Learn more about need-based aid