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2022 Best Computer & Information Sciences Master's Degree Schools

473 Colleges in the United States
51,856 Master's Degrees
Computer & Information Sciences is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #6 most popular master's degree program in the country. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 473 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Computer & Information Sciences Master's Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 51,856 master's degrees in computer and information sciences to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Computer & Information Sciences School for Your Master's Degree

Best Computer & Information Sciences Master's Degree Schools The computer and information sciences master's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality computer and information sciences program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list, a school must excel in the following areas.

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 3% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 4%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 32 to 5 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Early-Career Earnings

One measure we use to determine the quality of a school is to look at the average salary of master's graduates during the early years of their career. That is, everyone wants their master's degree to be worth something, and salaries are one measure of determining that.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on computer and information sciences students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other computer and information sciences students want to attend this school to pursue a master's degree.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How much debt computer and information sciences students go into to obtain their master's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized computer and information sciences related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for computer and information sciences students working on their master's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Computer & Information Sciences Master's Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study Computer & Information Sciences in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for computer and information sciences students seeking a a master's degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools for a Master's in Computer & Information Sciences

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In CA
306 Annual Graduates

Stanford University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a master's degree in computer and information sciences. Stanford is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Stanford. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #2 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

Stanford University is one of the most popular universities to study computer and information sciences in the United States with roughly 306 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In MA
246 Annual Graduates

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a great choice for individuals pursuing a master's degree in computer and information sciences. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #1 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

There were approximately 246 computer and information sciences students who graduated with this degree at MIT in the most recent year we have data available.

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#3

Yale University

New Haven, CT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CT
60 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a master's degree in computer and information sciences needs to look into Yale University. Located in the midsize city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #8 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Yale is a great university overall.

There were about 60 computer and information sciences students who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent data year.

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#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In MA
131 Annual Graduates

Harvard University is a good choice for students pursuing a master's degree in computer and information sciences. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Cambridge. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #12 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

A preferred major for computer and information sciences students, there were approximately 131 learners who completed this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year.

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#5

Rice University

Houston, TX
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
11th Most Popular In TX
99 Annual Graduates

Rice is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Houston. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #18 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Rice is a great university overall.

Rice University is a fairly popular university to study computer and information sciences in the United States with about 99 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In CA
341 Annual Graduates

UC Berkeley is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Berkeley. This university ranks 6th out of 96 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of California.

There were about 341 computer and information sciences students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent data year.

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#7

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In PA
349 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #11 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 349 computer and information sciences students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year.

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#8

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In NC
45 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #7 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

Duke University is a fairly popular university to study computer and information sciences in the United States with approximately 45 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In IL
742 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 44 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Illinois.

There were approximately 742 computer and information sciences individuals who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent data year.

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#10

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MD
469 Annual Graduates

Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Baltimore. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #17 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were about 469 computer and information sciences individuals who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent data year.

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#11

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In VA
193 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 2nd out of 35 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Virginia.

There were roughly 193 computer and information sciences students who graduated with this degree at Virginia Tech in the most recent year we have data available.

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#12

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In NY
493 Annual Graduates

Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #16 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

Cornell University is a fairly popular university to study computer and information sciences in the United States with approximately 493 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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#13

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In RI
107 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 1st out of 9 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There were about 107 computer and information sciences students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent year we have data available.

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#14

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In PA
1,064 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 75 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were roughly 1064 computer and information sciences individuals who graduated with this degree at Carnegie Mellon in the most recent year we have data available.

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#15

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In IL
167 Annual Graduates

Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Evanston. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #9 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

Northwestern University is one of the most popular universities to study computer and information sciences in the United States with approximately 167 graduates in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In GA
1,831 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 1st out of 35 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Georgia.

There were roughly 1831 computer and information sciences students who graduated with this degree at Georgia Tech in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NY
907 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 96 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of New York.

There were about 907 computer and information sciences individuals who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In TX
224 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 65 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Texas.

With 224 individuals who completed this degree in the most recent data year, The University of Texas at Austin is one of the most popular universities to study computer and information sciences in the United States.

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#19

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In NH
9 Annual Graduates

Dartmouth is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit college located in the town of Hanover. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #5 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Dartmouth is a great college overall.

A popular choice for computer and information sciences students, there were roughly 9 learners who graduated from this program at Dartmouth in the most recent year we have data available.

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#20

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In VA
185 Annual Graduates

University of Virginia is a fairly large public university located in the suburb of Charlottesville. This university ranks 1st out of 35 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Virginia.

There were approximately 185 computer and information sciences students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent year we have data available.

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#21

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In TN
27 Annual Graduates

Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Nashville. This university ranks 1st out of 29 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Tennessee.

A preferred choice for computer and information sciences students, there were about 27 students who graduated from this program at Vanderbilt in the most recent data year.

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#22

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In DC
118 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 9 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were approximately 118 computer and information sciences students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent data year.

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#23

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In IL
236 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #6 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

University of Chicago is a fairly popular university to study computer and information sciences in the United States with approximately 236 graduates in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CA
1,240 Annual Graduates

USC is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. This university ranks 8th out of 96 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 1240 computer and information sciences individuals who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In MO
174 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 34 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Missouri.

There were about 174 computer and information sciences individuals who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent year we have data available.

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Rest of the Top Best Computer & Information Sciences Master's Degree Schools

#26

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#27

Boston University

Boston, MA
#29

New York University

New York, NY
#30

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

#36

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#38

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#40

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

#42

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY
#43

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
#44

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#45

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT
#47

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#48

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#49

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Computer & Information Sciences Master's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 473 different United States computer and information sciences schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
51 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
52 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
53 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
54 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
55 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
56 University of Delaware Newark, DE
57 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
58 Clemson University Clemson, SC
59 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
60 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
61 William & Mary Williamsburg, VA
62 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
63 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
64 Bentley University Waltham, MA
65 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
66 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
67 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
68 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
69 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
70 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Computer & Information Sciences students that almost earned our Best Computer & Information Sciences Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
71 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
72 George Washington University Washington, DC
73 Seattle University Seattle, WA
74 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
75 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
76 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
77 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
78 University of Dallas Irving, TX
79 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
80 DePaul University Chicago, IL
81 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
82 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
83 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
84 University of Georgia Athens, GA
85 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
86 Norwich University Northfield, VT
87 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
88 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
89 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
90 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
91 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
92 Iowa State University Ames, IA
93 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
94 Fordham University Bronx, NY

Computer & Information Sciences by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Computer & Information Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 17,145
Computer Science 12,651
Information Technology 10,693
Information Science 6,609
Computer Software & Applications 2,984
Computer Systems Networking 604
Computer Systems Analysis 563
Computer Programming 275
Other Computer & Information Sciences 177
Data Processing 155

Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 48,197
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 19,015
Mathematics & Statistics 12,100
Physical Sciences 6,971
Architecture & Related Services 6,837
Engineering Technologies 6,349
Natural Resources & Conservation 4,378
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 3,136
Communications Technologies & Support 551
Science Technologies / Technicians 65

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Almonroth. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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