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11,600 Yearly Graduations
$91,100 Median Salary
$31,933 Median Debt
There are 259 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in compsci. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were men, and 13% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 70.0% of compsci graduates were international students.

Education Levels of CompSci Majors

In 2018-2019, 11,600 earned their master's degree in compsci. This earns it the #2 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in compsci at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 31,737
Master’s Degree 11,600
Associate’s Degree 2,944
Doctor’s Degree 1,182
Basic Certificate 299
Graduate Certificate 102
Undergraduate Certificate 42

Earnings of CompSci Majors With Master’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in compsci is $91,100. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $81,400 and the high is $118,400.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in compsci is $31,933. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $38,466 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $28,741.

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The median monthly payment of a compsci graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $372.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue master's degree in compsci. About 71.9% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 8,340
Women 3,260
Gender Diversity of Master's Degree in CompSci

The racial-ethnic distribution of compsci master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 999
Black or African American 190
Hispanic or Latino 208
White 1,665
International Students 8,123
Other Races/Ethnicities 415
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of CompSci Master's Degree Students

There are 259 colleges that offer a master’s degree in compsci. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
853 Yearly Graduations
32% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for compsci majors who are seeking their master's degree. Each year, around 45,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 853 people received their master's degree in compsci from USC. Around 9% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 32% were women.

390 Yearly Graduations
11% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for compsci majors who are seeking their master's degree is Maharishi University of Management. Each year, around 1,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $28,000 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 390 master's degree were handed out to compsci majors at MUM. About 11% of this group were women, and 7% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

379 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia University in the City of New York comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in compsci. Each year, around 30,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,763 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,600 per year.

The compsci program at Columbia University in the City of New York awarded 379 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 33% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

286 Yearly Graduations
17% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in compsci. Roughly 48,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,188 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,997 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 286 master's degree were handed out to compsci majors at UIUC. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 17% were women.

#5

Stanford University

Stanford, California
279 Yearly Graduations
30% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Stanford University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in compsci. Each year, around 17,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,857 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $52,479 per year.

The compsci program at Stanford University awarded 279 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 30% of this group were women, and 48% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

268 Yearly Graduations
24% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for compsci majors who are seeking their master's degree is Arizona State University - Tempe. Each year, around 51,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,720 per year.

The compsci program at Arizona State University - Tempe awarded 268 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 24% of this group were women, and 7% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
267 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for compsci majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of California - San Diego. Roughly 35,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 267 master's degree were handed out to compsci majors at UCSD. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 25% were women.

#8

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois
247 Yearly Graduations
32% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for compsci majors who are seeking their master's degree is Illinois Institute of Technology. Roughly 7,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,299 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $29,487 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 247 master's degree were handed out to compsci majors at Illinois Tech. Around 4% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 32% were women.

#9

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts
242 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Massachusetts Institute of Technology comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in compsci. Roughly 11,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $53,450 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $53,450 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 242 people received their master's degree in compsci from MIT. Around 45% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 33% were women.

#10

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey
235 Yearly Graduations
19% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Stevens Institute of Technology comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in compsci. Each year, around 6,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,134 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $36,680 per year.

The compsci program at Stevens Institute of Technology awarded 235 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 5% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 19% were women.

#11

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
229 Yearly Graduations
22% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

North Carolina State University comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in compsci. Roughly 34,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,535 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,095 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 229 master's degree were handed out to compsci majors at NC State. About 22% of this group were women, and 4% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York
225 Yearly Graduations
26% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for compsci majors who are seeking their master's degree is Cornell University. Roughly 23,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,550 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $29,500 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 225 master's degree were handed out to compsci majors at Cornell. Of these students, 26% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
211 Yearly Graduations
26% Women
2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for compsci majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Illinois at Chicago. Roughly 30,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,924 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,276 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 211 people received their master's degree in compsci from UIC. Around 2% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 26% were women.

#14

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts
206 Yearly Graduations
24% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Massachusetts Amherst is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in compsci. Roughly 30,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,791 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,014 per year.

The compsci program at University of Massachusetts Amherst awarded 206 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 24% of this group were women, and 7% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

University of Illinois at Springfield

Springfield, Illinois
189 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Illinois at Springfield is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in compsci. Each year, around 4,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,520 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,270 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 189 people received their master's degree in compsci from UIS. About 25% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
173 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for compsci majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Each year, around 29,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $3,812 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,337 per year.

The compsci program at University of North Carolina at Charlotte awarded 173 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 4% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 36% were women.

#17

Binghamton University

Vestal, New York
166 Yearly Graduations
29% Women
1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Binghamton University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in compsci. Roughly 17,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

The compsci program at Binghamton University awarded 166 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 29% of this group were women, and 1% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
157 Yearly Graduations
31% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Los Angeles comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in compsci. Each year, around 44,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 157 people received their master's degree in compsci from UCLA. About 31% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
156 Yearly Graduations
21% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Chicago comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in compsci. Each year, around 16,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,642 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $60,300 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 156 master's degree were handed out to compsci majors at UChicago. About 21% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri
156 Yearly Graduations
33% Women

University of Central Missouri is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in compsci. Roughly 12,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,128 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,524 per year.

The compsci program at University of Central Missouri awarded 156 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year.

CompSci Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Computer Science 11,600

Below are some popular majors that are similar to compsci that offer master’s degree.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Computer Information Systems 15,812
Information Technology 7,824
Information Science 6,516
Computer Software Applications 2,495
Computer Systems Networking 645

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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