Brandeis University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Computer Science


415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Computer Science program at Brandeis provides students with strong foundations in three fundamental areas: designing and building software, developing effective ways to solve computing problems, and devising new and better ways of using computers to address challenges. Graduates are employed in a wide variety of settings.

This program offers the following degrees:

  • The MS program for students who have completed a Bachelor's in computer science or a closely related field consists of 9 courses/3 semesters of graduate level coursework. 
  • The MS program for non-majors consists of four semesters (12 courses) of introductory computer science courses plus graduate level coursework. This program is ideal for students who seek a master's degree, but have little or no background in computer science. 
  • Master's applicants' backgrounds will be evaluated by faculty committee for the appropriate track.
  • PhD in Computer Science

Technology advances so quickly that only the most prepared employees will stay ahead of the curve. You can gain that professional edge by fine-tuning your expertise and deepening your skill set through a Brandeis master's degree program. Students obtain specialized training and exposure to cutting-edge research, just minutes from Boston's 'technology corridor' and the thriving high-tech sector in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A master's degree can pave the way to higher earnings and can advance your career.

Our accomplished alumni work in software engineering, bioinformatics, robotics, finance, and other fields, or have pursued their doctoral degrees in computer science.

If you pursue a doctoral degree in computer science at Brandeis, you will work closely with world-renowned scholars who are innovative thinkers. You will be part of a close-knit community with a lively roster of visiting experts. You will enjoy access to diverse, cutting-edge computer science research labs, all while being a few miles away from a high-tech hub that is home to Google and Microsoft. And you will learn to teach even as you learn the science, participating in the design and delivery of course lectures and eventually presenting lectures yourself—valuable skills whether you’re planning on a career in academics, research or industry.


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Eligibility Requirements:

All applicants must have obtained a Bachelor's degree or the international equivalent prior to matriculation. Applicants are considered holistically on the basis of a number of factors. In most cases, previous work as an undergraduate major or as a formal minor (18 credits or more) is desirable. However, an applicant should always check with the computer science department concerning the suitability of previous academic work as it pertains to the degree program in question.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: A variety of loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the TERI Continuing Education Loan, may be available to Graduate Professional Studies students who meet this criteria.

Locale: Midsize Suburb

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