Degree & Program Options

CS @ ILLINOIS offers a variety of graduate study options to fit any educational goal.  Read through each program carefully to determine which option is right for you.  Applicants can only have one pending application for our graduate programs at a time.

Comparison of CS Graduate Programs

Program Admission Cycle Average
Duration
Thesis
Required
Research
Required
Undergraduate GPA
(Recommended, 4.0 scale)
Ph.D. in Computer Science Fall only 5-7 years Yes Yes 3.4
M.S. in Computer Science Fall only 2 years Yes Yes 3.2
M.S. in Bioinformatics Spring & Fall 2 years No No 3.2
Professional Master of Computer Science (MCS) Spring & Fall 3 semesters (on campus)
Up to 5 years (online)
No No 3.2
Professional MCS in Data Science To be announced. Up to 5 years. No No 3.2
5 year BS-MS Program* Fall only 1 year Yes Yes 3.5
5 year BS-MCS Program* Fall only 1 year No No 3.2^

*Applicants to the Fifth Year Master's Programs are only open to current CS undergraduates enrolled in the College of Engineering who have a junior standing (must have at least one year left of their undergraduate studies after admission into the program).

^Some applicants may qualify for automatic admission, based on their GPA. See the program page for details.