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Master of Science in Computer & Information Science

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Program overview
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Master of Science in Computer & Information Science

The Master of Science degree in Computer and Information Science is a Purdue University degree offered in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

Computer Science is one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. A degree in Computer and Information Science will prepare you for these jobs and for a lifetime of interesting and important work. From medicine and industry to the arts, you'll know how to collaborate with the best minds and how to turn theory into reality.

You'll graduate with a deep understanding of the fundamentals that underlie all computer technology, so you will be ready to adapt to changes in the marketplace.

Committed to having a real impact in their work and community, our graduates emerge armed with the technical proficiency, project management skills, communication expertise and analytical skills needed to develop working solutions for computing challenges.

Admission requirements

The applicant to the graduate program must have a four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Students with three-year degrees may be required to complete additional course work in order to be eligible for admission.

The applicant’s record should demonstrate strong individual accomplishments, include recommendations from independent references and exhibit outstanding achievement as indicated by the grade point average for each degree over his or her entire academic record. An applicant is expected to have a GPA of at least a 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test is required for all applicants, however there is no specific minimum score requirement that must be met.

All applicants should have a background in the following core areas of computer science:

  • software development experience in a high-level language
  • data structures and algorithms
  • systems (operating systems, compilers, and programming languages)
  • theory (discrete math and theory of computation)
  • hardware (computer architecture)

In addition, applicants should have a strong background in mathematics, including calculus, linear algebra, and numerical computations.

All applicants whose native language is not English must submit sufficient proof of English proficiency via either TOEFL or IELTS test. For TOEFL, applicants must have an overall score of at least 80 on the Internet Based Test (iBT) with section minimums of 19 Reading, 14 Listening, and 18 Speaking & Writing. For IELTS (Academic test only), applicants must have an overall band score of 6.5, with section minimums of 6.5 Reading, 6.0 Listening & Speaking and 5.5 Writing.

International applicants who have received a degree in the U.S. are exempted from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement only if the degree was awarded within the last 2 years.

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Program content

Theory core courses

  • Algorithms
  • Programming

Systems core courses

  • Operating Systems
  • Computer Architecture

Area Specialization courses

  • Visualization, Image Processing and Machine Vision:
  • Data Communication and Networking:(Wireless Sensor Networks)
  • Distributed Computing:(Distr. Systems),(Cloud Computing)
  • AI, Machine Learning, and Data Analysis:
  • Databases:
  • Software Engineering:
  • Security:(Trustworthy Computing)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the website for more information.

Tuition fees

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Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Indiana, USA, is considered the state’s premier urban research university. Combining the resources of two prestigious universities with a downtown location, IUPUI offers students the opportunity to earn a respected degree from Indiana University...

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Why study at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

There are students from over 140 countries represented on campus, making us one of the most diverse in the nation. Additionally, IUPUI is the only university in the United States with two universities on one campus, meaning you get the benefits of being both an Indiana University (IU) and a Purdue University student. Depending on your major, you receive either an IU or a Purdue degree.

You can receive a world-class education, large merit-based scholarships, and study close to major business hubs that frequently recruit students for internships and jobs. Lastly, this is a great location for anyone that would prefer living in a city instead of a college town.

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Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

902 West New York Street
46202 Indianapolis Indiana
United States of America

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