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Top 10 Universities in USA to Study MS
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01 Mar 2019 76.2K Book icon 3 mins Share

Top 10 Universities in USA to Study MS in Computer Science

Are you fascinated by computers and looking to study in the USA? This article lists the top universities in the USA offering the MS in Computer Science degree.

01 Mar 2019 76.2K Book icon 3 mins Share
Top 10 Universities in USA to Study MS

Passionate about computers? 

That excitement when you dismantle a computer and put the parts all back together… that motivation you find to write the never-ending coding lines… that excitement when you manage to spot a bug and fix it…that feel of accomplishment when your code finally runs flawlessly - *sighs* - we totally get why you wanna study MS in Computer Science in the USA. 

One more reason to study in the USA  as an MS computer science aspirant in general is the bright career prospects. 

Are many questions popping up in your head? Where do I study? Am I eligible? Will this MS in the USA give me good employment options?

Chill… stay with us until the end and all your questions shall be answered.

So, let’s see if you’ve got everything that universities are looking for:

Undergraduate/bachelors degree is a must for most universities. However, a few universities accept 2-3 years of work experience, as an alternative. You’ll need transcripts/documents to support these.

If you wanna enrol for MS in the USA, you must score well in your GRE test. Most universities require competitive scores.

Since you’re applying to study in the USA, it goes without a say that you’ll need to prove your proficiency in English. A majority of the universities ask for either a minimum overall TOEFL score of 100 (IBT) or a minimum overall band of 7.5 in IELTS. 

Here’s how to write a 9-band IELTS essay!

A bright future

Next up, let’s briefly explore the career prospects after your MS in USA. With an average salary of USD 115,000, computer science jobs in the US are forecast to jump by 11% between 2018 and 2024. Few of the roles that await you post your study in the USA are: 

  • Application architect
  • Computer network architect
  • UX designer
  • Mobile application developer
  • Solution architect
  • Pre-sales engineer
  • Software developer

Moving on to options of study for MS in the USA:

Some currently trending universities that offer MS in Computer Science are:

Virginia Tech

Ranked number 3 in the US for student experience by Princeton Review 2019, Virginia Tech offers MS in computer science taught by its award-winning faculty. This programme focuses on software development, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence and algorithms. What’s more? About 93% of students graduating from Virginia Tech acquire career-related work experience during their college time through part-time jobs, research assistance, internships, summer jobs, etc. 

Texas State University

Ranked among the top universities in the world by Times Higher Education 2019 Rankings, Texas State University is proud of its diverse community which is home to over 38,000 students. Its 174,000 alumni include the 36th President of the United States Lyndon B. Johnson (class of 1930). With two campuses across Texas, the university has the 6th highest graduation rate amongst Texas’ public universities. 

The programme covers cyber security, machine learning, high performance computing, image processing, databases/data mining, bioinformatics and more. Besides the core and elective modules, the programme provides you an option of either a 30-credit-hour thesis or a 36-credit-hour non-thesis.

Arizona State University

The Arizona State University is in the top 1% of world’s most prestigious universities according to the Times Higher Education World rankings 2019. It is also recognised as the country’s most innovative school by the U.S. News & World Report and has a student/faculty community that includes Nobel laureates and NASA scientists.     

In addition to the MS Computer Science programme that focuses on computer graphics, artificial intelligence, cloud and distributed computing, database systems, etc; you can also choose from various other specialised MS Computer Science programmes such as MS Computer Science (Cyber Security), MS Computer Science (Biomedical Informatics) and MS Computer Science (Art, Media and Engineering) – to name a few.  

Here’s more - The Arizona State University has good graduate outcomes and is recognised as a ‘top-tier’ recruiting institution by more than 50 corporates.

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (UB)

UB prides itself on being one among the 62 members of the elite Association of American Universities and is the no.1 public university in New York. It is also placed among the top 200 universities in the world by THE 2019. 

The university’s MS in Computer Science and Engineering not just deepens your knowledge about the core subjects of computer science but also enhances your employment opportunities and salaries to a great extent. 

Purdue University

Purdue University is ranked 64th in the world by THE rankings and is number 1 in the STEM discipline for international students. It also features in the top 5 public universities in the US according to the Wall Street Journal. 

Purdue University’s MS Computer Science programme covers a wide range of specialized subject areas including algorithms, data mining, geometric modelling, visualisation and graphics, security, software engineering and simulation and modeling. 

You will also have the option of completing the masters programme either with or without a thesis.

Few other prestigious US universities where you can apply MS in Computer Science are:

  • Columbia University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • George Mason University
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Now that we have narrowed down your universities for you, here’s a tip before we sign off: Choose a university that offers an MS programme designed to fit your career aspirations - in terms of modules, electives, internship opportunities or projects/thesis.

If you need help- chat with our expert guides NOW and we’ll help you pursue your dream Computer Science MS in the USA! 

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