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Master’s Degrees in Computer Software & Applications

2,495 Yearly Graduations
$72,800 Median Salary
$47,834 Median Debt
There are 70 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in computer software. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were male, and 17 were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 48.7% of computer software graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Computer Software Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 2,495 students earned their master's degree in computer software. This earns it the #5 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 computer software at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 3,499
Basic Certificate 2,840
Master’s Degree 2,495
Associate’s Degree 2,241
Undergraduate Certificate 1,383
Graduate Certificate 331
Doctor’s Degree 4

Earnings of Computer Software Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in computer software is $72,800. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $61,550 to a high of $86,700.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in computer software is $47,834. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $90,138 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $38,896.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $558.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue master's degrees in computer software. About 56.8% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,416
Women 1,079
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Computer Software

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 196
Black or African American 93
Hispanic or Latino 94
White 761
International Students 1,214
Other Races/Ethnicities 137
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Computer Software Master's Degree Students

There are 70 colleges that offer a master’s degree in computer software. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, California
344 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for computer software students seekinga master's degree is Academy of Art University. Each year, around 9,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $23,112 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $25,992 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 344 people received their master's degree in computer software from Academy of Art University. About 69% of this group were women, and 11% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

191 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in computer software. Roughly 11,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,298 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,933 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 191 master's degrees were handed out to computer software majors at Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network. About 40% of this group were women, and 5% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
152 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Mason University is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in computer software. Roughly 37,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 152 master's degrees were handed out to computer software majors at GMU. Of these students, 40% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah
138 Yearly Graduations
27% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Western Governors University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in computer software. Each year, around 136,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,380 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,500 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 138 people received their master's degree in computer software from WGU. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 27% were women.

#5

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
111 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

North Carolina State University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in computer software. Roughly 36,300 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 111 people received their master's degree in computer software from NC State. About 39% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

The New School

New York, New York
106 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The New School comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in computer software. Roughly 10,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,770 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,710 per year.

The computer software program at The New School awarded 106 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

#7

New York University

New York, New York
104 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in computer software. Each year, around 52,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

The computer software program at New York University awarded 104 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 52% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
99 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

DePaul University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in computer software. Roughly 22,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,551 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,584 per year.

The computer software program at DePaul University awarded 99 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 39% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
92 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Washington University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in computer software. Roughly 27,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,453 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $31,770 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 92 master's degrees were handed out to computer software majors at GWU. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 45% were women.

#10

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
90 Yearly Graduations
23% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Boston University comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in computer software. Each year, around 33,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,720 per year.

The computer software program at Boston University awarded 90 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 23% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
78 Yearly Graduations
28% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in computer software. Roughly 48,300 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 78 master's degrees were handed out to computer software majors at USC. Of these students, 28% were women and 10% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
75 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Carnegie Mellon University comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in computer software. Roughly 14,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,816 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $45,037 per year.

The computer software program at Carnegie Mellon University awarded 75 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 47% were women.

#13

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
74 Yearly Graduations
34% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for computer software majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of St Thomas Minnesota. Each year, around 9,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,780 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,766 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 74 people received their master's degree in computer software from UST MN. About 34% of this group were women, and 30% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
57 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Virginia - Main Campus is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in computer software. Roughly 25,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,970 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,578 per year.

The computer software program at University of Virginia - Main Campus awarded 57 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 33% of this group were women, and 9% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
54 Yearly Graduations
26% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Utah is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in computer software. Roughly 32,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,412 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,211 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 54 master's degrees were handed out to computer software majors at U of U. Around 9% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 26% were women.

#16

Regis University

Denver, Colorado
50 Yearly Graduations
34% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for computer software majors who are seeking their master's degree is Regis University. Roughly 6,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $37,830 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,441 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 50 people received their master's degree in computer software from Regis U. About 34% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Robert Morris University

Moon Township, Pennsylvania
48 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Robert Morris University is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in computer software. Roughly 4,600 attend the school each year. The computer software program at Robert Morris University awarded 48 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 8% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 33% were women.

#18

School of Visual Arts

New York, New York
47 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

School of Visual Arts is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in computer software. Each year, around 4,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,900 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,940 per year.

The computer software program at School of Visual Arts awarded 47 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 68% were women.

#19

Wilmington University

New Castle, Delaware
46 Yearly Graduations
26% Women

The 19th most popular school in the country for computer software majors who are seeking their master's degree is Wilmington University. Each year, around 14,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,430 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,784 per year.

The computer software program at Wilmington University awarded 46 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#20

University of California - Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
39 Yearly Graduations
23% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Santa Cruz comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in computer software. Roughly 19,400 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 people received their master's degree in computer software from UC Santa Cruz. About 23% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Computer Software Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Database Modeling & Administration 1,253
Web & Multimedia Design 488
Computer Graphics 280
Other Computer Software 274
Virtual Modeling & Simulation 200

Below are some popular majors that are similar to computer software that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Computer Information Systems 15,812
Computer Science 11,600
Information Technology 7,824
Information Science 6,516
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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