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.
- Ph.D. in Computer Science
- M.S. in Computer Science
- M.S. in Bioinformatics
- Professional Master of Computer Science (MCS)
- Professional Online MCS and Professional MCS in Data Science
- 5 year BS-MS Program
- 5 year BS-MCS Program
Comparison of CS Graduate Programs
(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)
|Professional Online MCS and 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.