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2021 Most Popular Computer Science Master's Degree Schools

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$101,447 Avg Salary
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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 assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Computer Science Degree Search has created its Most Popular Computer Science Master's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 260 schools in the United States to see which master's degree programs were the most popular for computer science students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Computer Science program at each school on the list.

Check out the compsci master's degree programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

Our analysis found University of Southern California to be the most popular school for computer science students who want to pursue a master’s degree in the United States. Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

About 32% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 68% are male.

While working on their Master's Degree, compsci majors at USC accumulate an average of around $54,401 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $406, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Maharishi International University is a great place for computer science students working on their master’s degree. Located in the remote town of Fairfield, MIU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Of the 390 students majoring in compsci at MIU, 89% are male and 11% are female.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at MIU take out while working on their Master's Degree is $33,107.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Columbia University in the City of New York is a great place for computer science students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

About 33% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 67% are male.

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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Out of the 260 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign landed the # 4 spot on the list. UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign.

About 17% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 83% are male.

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#5

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Out of the 260 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Stanford University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the large suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

Of the 279 students majoring in compsci at Stanford, 70% are male and 30% are female.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Stanford take out while working on their Master's Degree is $28,537. 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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Arizona State University - Tempe landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree computer science programs. ASU - Tempe is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Tempe.

Of the 268 students majoring in compsci at ASU - Tempe, 76% are male and 24% are female.

CompSci majors at ASU - Tempe take out an average of $29,107 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

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With a ranking of #7, University of California - San Diego did quite well on this year’s most popular 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.

About 25% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 75% are male.

While working on their Master's Degree, compsci majors at UCSD accumulate an average of around $29,967 in student debt. 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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Illinois Institute of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Illinois Tech is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

Of the 247 students majoring in compsci at Illinois Tech, 68% are male and 32% are female.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 33% of the compsci majors at the school.

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Stevens Institute of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the suburb of Hoboken, Stevens is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

Of the 235 students majoring in compsci at Stevens, 81% are male and 19% are female.

CompSci majors at Stevens take out an average of $20,729 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 $231.

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With a ranking of #11, North Carolina State University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their master’s degree. NC State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Raleigh.

About 22% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 78% are male.

While working on their Master's Degree, compsci majors at NC State accumulate an average of around $32,243 in student debt.

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#12

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools list. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca.

About 26% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 74% are male.

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

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University of Illinois at Chicago did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the city of Chicago, UIC is a public school with a very large student population.

About 26% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 74% are male.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. UMass Amherst is a very large public school located in the suburb of Amherst.

About 24% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 76% are male.

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University of Illinois at Springfield landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree computer science programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Springfield, UIS is a public school with a small student population.

Women make up 25% of the compsci majors at the school.

After completing their Master's Degree, compsci graduates from UIS carry an average student debt load of $28,256. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $338.

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte ranked #16 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools list. UNC Charlotte is a very large public school located in the city of Charlotte.

Women make up 36% of the compsci majors at the school.

On average, compsci graduates from UNC Charlotte take out $22,783 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

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#17

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

Binghamton University ranked #17 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Vestal, Binghamton University is a public school with a large student population.

Women make up 29% of the compsci majors at the school.

After completing their Master's Degree, compsci graduates from Binghamton University carry an average student debt load of $20,138.

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University of California - Los Angeles did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #18 on the list. UCLA is a very large public school located in the city of Los Angeles.

Women make up 31% of the compsci majors at the school.

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#19

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

With a ranking of #19, University of Chicago did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

About 21% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 79% are male.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at UChicago take out while working on their Master's Degree is $59,427. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $664.

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#19

George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree computer science programs. Located in the city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

About 16% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 84% are male.

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#19

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, MO

University of Central Missouri ranked #19 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the town of Warrensburg, UCM is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 33% of the compsci majors at the school.

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With a ranking of #22, Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 40% of the compsci majors at the school.

On average, compsci graduates from Georgia Tech take out $36,358 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $448.

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Rochester Institute of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. RIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Rochester.

Of the 142 students majoring in compsci at RIT, 78% are male and 22% are female.

On average, compsci graduates from RIT take out $30,902 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $372, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#24

Pace University - New York

New York, NY

Pace University - New York did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #24 on the list. Located in the large city of New York, Pace University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

Of the 141 students majoring in compsci at Pace University, 65% are male and 35% are female.

While working on their Master's Degree, compsci majors at Pace University accumulate an average of around $51,721 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $534, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#25

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Boston U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

Women make up 17% of the compsci majors at the school.

While working on their Master's Degree, compsci majors at Boston U accumulate an average of around $31,039 in student debt.

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#26

DePaul University

Chicago, IL
#31

Brown University

Providence, RI
#32

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA
#34

Portland State University

Portland, OR
#37

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
40 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
41 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
42 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
42 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
44 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
45 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
45 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
45 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
48 University of Georgia Athens, GA
49 University of Bridgeport Bridgeport, CT
50 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
51 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
52 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
52 University of California - Davis Davis, CA

Computer Science by Region

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Region
Southeast
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.

  • 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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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