Master of Science Computer Science

earn this degree online DePaul's graduate Computer Science program is the premier training ground for computing professionals in the Chicago area. Unlike a certificate program, our master's courses focus on fundamental concepts that remain constant, even as technology changes rapidly. Unlike more research focused institutions, however, our courses emphasize the programmatic application of these fundamental concepts. Students interested in research will find an abundance of advanced topics—medical imaging, data mining, algorithmic analysis, and scientific computing, to name a few. Companies hiring our recent grads include Argonne National Laboratory, Allstate, CNA, Disney Interactive, Facebook, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Lockheed Martin, and Microsoft.


Computer Science students from DePaul go on to work in a wide variety of industries. Almost every business can make use of new information technology ideas and applications for their systems.






93% of reporting School of Computing master’s graduates were employed, continuing education, or not seeking employment within six months of graduation

$78,000 median salary reported by School of Computing master’s graduates six months after degree completion

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Faculty Research

CS faculty perform research in a wide variety of areas. Many projects are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other agencies. Faculty research areas include artificial intelligence, computational finance, data mining, database systems, high performance and scientific computing, human-computer interaction, programming languages and systems, security, software engineering, technology education, theory, and visual computing.


Student Organizations

CDM is home to a number of student organizations to fit your interests and career goals. The Computer Science Society (CSS) provides students the opportunity to collaborate on computer science-related projects, expand their computer science education, and hosts events like DemonHacks, our annual weekend-long hackathon. CSS’s goal is to build a community that computer science students can look to as a resource for academics, networking, career improvement, and enjoyment.

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Great for Career Changers

We value students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds so we don’t require a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field. We offer introductory courses specifically designed to provide all the preparation you need to be successfulin the degree and in your career.


Online Learning

This degree can be completed entirely online. One hundred percent of the program’s lectures—from audio and video to whiteboard writing and supplemental materials—are captured and available online.

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Studio χ

Studio χ is a Center for faculty development that fosters and supports research at the interface between computing and humanities. The Studio’s talks and events are free and open to the public.


Research Colloquium

The School of Computing hosts weekly talks on creative and breakthrough research by faculty, students, and industry professionals. The Colloquium exposes students to creative and scholarly research at DePaul and elsewhere, and engages them in the thought process of identifying and solving challenging research problems.

Application Deadlines

Enrollment QuarterDomestic Student DeadlineInternational Student Deadline
FallAugust 1June 15
WinterDecember 1October 15
SpringMarch 1January 15
SummerMay 1April 15

Admission Process

The graduate application process involves completing an online application, sending in your transcripts and submitting any supplemental material (e.g., letters of recommendation, certifications, etc.). To learn more about your program specific requirements, visit our Graduate Admission page.

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