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Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


14 Aug 2015 8.5K Book icon 2 mins Share

The Complete Guide to Studying an MS in Computer Science in the USA

Are you planning to complete your masters in Computer Science in the USA? This article offers comprehensive information to help you find the right university.

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Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


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The Complete Guide to Studying an MS in Computer Science in the USA

Along with the MBA, the masters in Computer Science— be it an MS or an M.Tech is one of the most popular programmes preferred by Indian students who plan to study a postgraduate degree in the USA. There was a dip in the number of students opting for Computer Science when the ‘dotcom bubble’ burst, but now with things looking brighter, and start-ups mushrooming across the world, offering online services that range from booking cabs to buying books; the MS in Computer Science is as strong as ever.

As per the Best Grad Schools U.S. News & World Report Rankings; the top universities in the USA to study a masters programme in Computer Science are:

  • Carnegie Mellon University 
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  • Stanford University 
  • University of California—Berkeley 
  • University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign 
  • Cornell University 
  • University of Washington 
  • Princeton University 
  • Georgia Institute of Technology 
  • University of Texas—Austin 

The general eligibility requirements to study an MS in Computer Science in the USA are listed below:

  • A GRE score in the range of 300 to 330; the higher the score the greater the chance of getting into a premier university. 
  • IELTS score of 6.5 and above or an equivalent TOEFL score.
  • A good overall score in the undergraduate degree.

Institutions also require students to submit a statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation and statement of finances before admission is granted. The exact entry requirements with reference to the GRE and IELTS/TOEFL scores vary from institution to institution and applicants are advised to verify with the institution the exact cut-off scores before applying. There are some institutions in the USA which admit students to the MS in Computer Science programme without asking for GRE scores. Applicants are advised to submit their application forms well before the deadline date to avoid disappointments.

The MS programme is designed to offer students a clear pathway into a relevant job in the IT industry or a doctoral programme based on their interest. The course syllabus usually remains the same with modules covering a variety of topics like - Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Human Computing, Hardware and Software Engineering, Game Design, etc.


The cost of completing an MS in Computer Science in the USA varies, based on the institution selected. On an average costs range from Rs 35 lakhs to Rs 60 lakhs. With premier institutions like MIT, Carnegie Mellon and Stanford charging high fees, students may consider universities like the State University of New York, East Carolina University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, North Carolina A&T State University, etc.Students are advised to check for scholarships as most private universities have a dedicated scholarship programme for international students enrolled on postgraduate programmes. Scholarships range from $1000 to $5,000 a year and can be very useful to offset some of the high costs of studying. 

We hope you found this article useful. You can browse through the list of universities offering postgraduate programmes in Computer Science in the USA and apply to the institutions that match your requirements. 

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