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MSCS Online Frequently Asked Questions

Our online MS program has the same requirements as our traditional MS program, while the difference is that the courses are offered online instead of on-site. You may find more information about our MS program admission requirements at CIS Graduate Admissions Requirements.

MS degree requires 10 courses (30 credits) and you may finish this program within 4 semesters or longer, up to six years. You may choose a course load that best fits your schedule. 

The credit longevity of the MS degree is six years. You may take as long as six years to complete this program.

Online courses do not have fixed meeting times, you may choose the time to study based on your personal schedule. You are not required to be on campus to take an exam.

Depending on the instructor, the course is delivered using a combination of some of the following methods: assigned reading materials, pre-recorded video lectures, interactive textbook, discussion board, assignments, projects, etc. 

Students from other disciplines may apply to this program. Some prerequisite CS undergraduate courses are needed to prepare for the program.   

For students with a BS degree in fields other than Computer Science or Computer Engineering, we offer an online preparatory program consisting of four courses in computer science fundamentals. This preparatory program is fully online and may be finished within one year.

Yes, there are two ways you may prepare yourself for this program before official admission.

You may take pre-requisite courses (see also preparatory program)  or graduate-level CIS online courses as a non-degree student.  The graduate-level CIS courses (maximum six-credits) taken as a non-degree student may be counted towards your CIS MS degree after you are accepted into this program. 

You are also encouraged to apply to the Computer Science Graduate Certificate Program, which does not require a GRE score. After completing five courses, you will earn a CS certificate. Those five courses may be counted toward your CS MS degree after you are accepted into the MS program.

There may be additional challenges for BA degree holders due to the lack of a Math & Science background. However, you are certainly welcome to try this preparatory program. The suggestion is to start slowly by taking only one course to begin with.

You do not need to apply for the preparatory program. After finishing the 4 courses in this preparatory program, you may apply to the MS program.

Yes, a student in the online MS program may take on-site UMassD courses, with regular on-site course tuitions and fees.   If the student is residing in the U.S. on a visa, his/her visa status must allow him/her to take such a course.  UMassD will not issue an I-20 for an international student in the online program to attend UMD merely to take an on-site course. Such a student should confirm with CIS department that the course he/she plans to take would indeed count toward MS degree requirements.  

Being proficient in either C++ or Java is required for the MS program. You can either take courses or conduct a self-study.

GRE is required for all online MS program applicants. Exceptions may be made in rare cases, but this needs to be decided by the committee. In the meantime, you may consider the Computer Science Graduate Certificate‌ Program that does not require GRE scores. The GRE requirement for online MS program application is waived for students successfully completing the UMass Dartmouth Computer Science Certificate. Alternatively, you may take up to two CS graduate-level courses. The GRE score requirement will be waived if you achieve grades B+ or better in two CS graduate-level courses. You may do so as non-degree student.

No, the online Computer Science MS program does not require students to be physically present in the United States.  

he deadline of application to the online MS program is Aug 1 for the fall semester, and Nov 15 for the spring semester.  

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