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Master of Science in Computer Science

Earn your master’s degree in computer science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Center for Advanced Computer Studies.

Online or On Campus

Our master’s in computer science degree is available for students to complete on campus or online. It’s the same degree program, taught by the same professors, and prepares you for the same leadership opportunities after graduation.

The computer science master's program is best for students and professionals who want to broaden and deepen their understanding of computer science and software development.

Continue to work full time while earning your degree online, or immerse yourself in research opportunities through our traditional on-campus option. You can reach your goals wherever you live.

Flexible Online Option

  • Earn your master’s in computer science online while still working full time
  • Earn the same degree as on-campus students
  • All online students qualify for in-state tuition

Because courses in this program will only be available online, the program may not be available to all applicants. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and its online programs must be in compliance in every state where a student is located. (Visit the Online Programs website to learn more.) International students also may not be eligible. According to U.S. immigration regulations, F-1 students cannot pursue online degrees; international students in other visa categories (i.e., H-4, L2) are exempt from this restriction.

If you are an out-of-state student enrolling in an online program at UL Lafayette, you automatically receive the in-state tuition incentive. That means you pay the in-state tuition amount instead of the out-of-state costs.

Immersive On-Campus Option

  • Live and learn in a city with an established and expanding technology industry
  • Complete your own research with thesis or special project
  • Gain real-world work experience through internships and training
  • Out-of-state and international students can be eligible for in-state tuition through the Robert Elliot May Graduate Resident Tuition Fellowship program. Contact your graduate coordinator for more details.

Unique Professional & Research Opportunities

We were the first in the country to offer a Master of Science in Computer Science program, and we’ve been a leader in the field ever since. 

We’re ranked in the NSF’s top 60 for research and development expenditures. Lafayette is home to multiple high-tech companies that have partnered with the University, offering excellent internship opportunities for our master’s in computer science students. 

In our master’s in computer science program, you’ll work with our top-notch faculty and conduct cutting-edge research in:

  • artificial intelligence,
  • cloud computing,
  • computer and network security,
  • data analytics and visualization,
  • embedded systems,
  • graphics and human-computer interaction,
  • knowledge and information systems,
  • operating systems,
  • programming languages and analysis, and
  • wireless communications.

Apply to the Master’s in Computer Science Program

To apply to the master’s degree in computer science program, fill out the online application and submit your additional application materials to the Graduate School via your application portal. Once the Graduate School reviews your application, it is forwarded to the School of Computer & Informatics’ Center for Advanced Computer Studies for a recommendation on admission.

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Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the master’s in computer science program, you’ll need to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer science and a satisfactory GRE score. Additionally, you’ll be required to submit three letters of recommendation and complete the online application.

If you’re an international student, you’ll also have to demonstrate English language proficiency. Visit the Graduate School’s international student section for more details about admission, receiving an I-20, and online graduate study from your home country.

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