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2021 Best Computer Science Master's Degree Schools

240 Colleges
$101,447 Avg Salary
$34,299 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Computer Science Master's Degree School for You

With 47,906 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, computer science is the #2 most popular major in the United States.

There are so many computer science programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Computer Science Degree Search has developed this Best Computer Science Master's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 240 schools in the United States to see which master's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for computer science students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the compsci master's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Master's in CompSci

Our analysis found California Institute of Technology to be the best school for computer science students who want to pursue a master’s degree in the United States. Located in the city of Pasadena, Caltech is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#2

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Stanford University is a great place for computer science students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

CompSci majors at Stanford take out an average of $28,537 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $319, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Brown University

Providence, RI

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Brown University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a great place for computer science students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#5

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

The excellent master’s degree programs at Harvard University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best computer science schools in the United States. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.

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Duke University

Durham, NC

With a ranking of #6, Duke University did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their master’s degree. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Durham.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

With a ranking of #7, University of Pennsylvania did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their master’s degree. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

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#8

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#9

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Dartmouth College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Hanover.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer science students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Cornell take out while working on their Master's Degree is $33,364. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $346.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

With a ranking of #12, Vanderbilt University did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their master’s degree. Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville.

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Washington University in St Louis did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer science students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

CompSci majors at WUSTL take out an average of $32,162 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

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University of California - Berkeley came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Berkeley.

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#15

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer science students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

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With a ranking of #16, University of California - San Diego did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large city of La Jolla, UCSD is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, compsci graduates from UCSD take out $29,967 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $263, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree computer science programs. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Champaign.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of University Park, Penn State University Park is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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North Carolina State University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. NC State is a very large public school located in the city of Raleigh.

After completing their Master's Degree, compsci graduates from NC State carry an average student debtload of $32,243.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer science students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #20 on the list. Located in the city of Worcester, WPI is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Columbia University in the City of New York landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree computer science programs. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

On average, compsci graduates from Columbia take out $51,788 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $519.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus ranked #22 on this year’s Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools list. USF Tampa is a very large public school located in the city of Tampa.

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With a ranking of #23, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their master’s degree. Located in the small city of Troy, RPI is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#24

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Tufts University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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With a ranking of #25, University of Maryland - College Park did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public college with a very large student population.

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Rest of the Top Best Computer Science Master's Degree Schools

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Computer Science Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
27 George Washington University Washington, DC
28 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
29 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
30 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
31 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
32 Boston University Boston, MA
33 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
34 Emory University Atlanta, GA
35 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA

Computer Science by Region

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Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Computer Science is one of 10 different types of computer science programs to choose from.

CompSci Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Computer Science 47,906

Majors Similar to CompSci

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
Information Technology 33,399
Information Science 17,779
Computer Systems Networking 14,055
Computer Software & Applications 12,793

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Negative Space.

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