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.

The master of science in computer science program at the University of Colorado Denver is a member of Western Regional Graduate Program. Qualified students admitted to this program who are residents of one of the 15 WICHE states may be eligible for residential tuition.

 

Department of Computer Science and Engineering site

Master's program application deadlines

Domestic applicants

Fall - May 1

  • March 15 for bioengineering

Spring - October 1

  • December 1 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.