a master's degree in computer & information sciences is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #4 out of 37 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.
For its 2024 ranking, College Factual looked at 428 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for computer & information sciences students pursuing a master's degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 54,510 master's degrees in computer & information sciences during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Choosing a Great Computer & Information Sciences School for Your Master's Degree
The computer & information sciences master's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality computer & information sciences program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list, a school must excel in the following areas.
A Great Overall School
A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.
One measure we use to determine the quality of a school is to look at the average salary of master's graduates during the early years of their career. That is, everyone wants their master's degree to be worth something, and salaries are one measure of determining that.
Other Factors We Consider
In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:
Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to computer & information sciences students as compared to other majors.
Major Demand - The number of computer & information sciences students who choose to seek a master's degree at the school.
Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
Student Debt - How easy is it for computer & information sciences to pay back their student loans after receiving their master's degree.
Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized computer & information sciences related body.
Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for computer & information sciences students working on their master's degree.
The computer & information sciences school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Computer & Information Sciences Master's Degree Schools.
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Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study Computer & Information Sciences in the United States
Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for computer & information sciences students seeking a a master's degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.
25 Top Schools for a Master's in Computer & Information Sciences
This list represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Computer & Information Sciences Master's Degree Schools badge.
Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 428 different United States computer & information sciences schools we analyzed.
The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).