Computer Science Master of Science

The CU Denver master of science in computer science provides ample opportunities in state-of-the-art research and professional development in various interdisciplinary areas.​  

Degree requirements

The master of science in computer science requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate-level computer science courses with at least a 3.0 grade point average. Students choose one of three plans to complete their degree. Students in the Data Science in Biomedicine track will complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate-level courses.

Plan I – Master’s Thesis

Students complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate coursework and 6 credit hours of graduate thesis work. In addition, students may take up to 3 credit hours of “Independent Study” course with approval of their faculty research advisor. Please refer to the most current Computer Science Master’s Degree Handbook for specific course requirements. 

Plan II – Master’s Project

Students complete 27 credit hours of graduate coursework and 3 credit hours of graduate master project work. In addition, students may take up to 3 credit hours of Independent Study course with approval of their faculty research advisor. Please refer to the most current Computer Science Master’s Degree Handbook for specific course requirements.

Plan III – Course Only

Students complete 30 hours of graduate course work. Please refer to the most current Computer Science Master’s Degree Handbook for specific course requirements.

NOTES:

For students with applications from majors that satisfy the admissions criteria but are lacking some CS foundational courses: A specific plan of study is devised in your admission plan specifying the number of CS foundational courses to be completed during the first year of your studies with a minimum grade of B. In addition to these courses, you will need to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours to satisfy the program requirements.

 

Department of Computer Science and Engineering site

Master's program application deadlines

Domestic applicants

Fall - May 1

  • March 15 for bioengineering

Spring - October 1

  • November 15 for computer science

Summer* - February 15

International applicants

Fall - April 15

  • March 15 for bioengineering

Spring - September 15

Summer* - February 1 

*Please check that your desired program has a summer term start available.