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Master’s Degrees in Computer Software & Applications

2,495 Yearly Graduations
$72,800 Median Salary
$47,834 Median Debt
A master's degree in computer software is offered at 70 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were men, and 17% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 48.7% of computer software graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Computer Software Majors

In 2018-2019, 2,495 earned their master's degree in computer software. This makes it the 61st most popular master's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in computer software at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 3,499
Basic Certificate 2,840
Master’s Degree 2,495
Associate’s Degree 2,241
Undergraduate Certificate 1,383
Graduate Certificate 331
Doctor’s Degree 4

Earnings of Computer Software Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in computer software is $72,800. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $61,550 and the high is $86,700.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in computer software is $47,834. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $90,138 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $38,896.

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The median monthly payment of a computer software graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $558.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue master's degrees in computer software. About 56.8% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,416
Women 1,079
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Computer Software

The racial-ethnic distribution of computer software master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 196
Black or African American 93
Hispanic or Latino 94
White 761
International Students 1,214
Other Races/Ethnicities 137
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Computer Software Master's Degree Students

There are 70 colleges that offer a master’s degree in computer software. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, California
344 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Academy of Art University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for computer software majors who are seeking their master's degree. Roughly 9,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $23,112 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $25,992 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 344 master's degrees were handed out to computer software majors at Academy of Art University. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

191 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in computer software. Each year, around 11,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,298 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,933 per year.

The computer software program at Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network awarded 191 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 5% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 40% were women.

#3

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
152 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Mason University comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in computer software. Each year, around 37,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

The computer software program at George Mason University awarded 152 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 40% of this group were women, and 19% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah
138 Yearly Graduations
27% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for computer software majors who are seeking their master's degree is Western Governors University. Roughly 136,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,380 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,500 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 138 master's degrees were handed out to computer software majors at WGU. Of these students, 27% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
111 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

North Carolina State University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in computer software. Each year, around 36,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,535 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,095 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 111 master's degrees were handed out to computer software majors at NC State. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 39% were women.

#6

The New School

New York, New York
106 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for computer software majors who are seeking their master's degree is The New School. Each year, around 10,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,770 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,710 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 106 people received their master's degree in computer software from New School University. Of these students, 73% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

New York University

New York, New York
104 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in computer software. Roughly 52,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 104 people received their master's degree in computer software from NYU. About 52% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
99 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

DePaul University comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in computer software. Each year, around 22,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,551 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,584 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 99 people received their master's degree in computer software from DePaul. About 39% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
92 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Washington University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in computer software. Each year, around 27,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,453 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $31,770 per year.

The computer software program at George Washington University awarded 92 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 45% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
90 Yearly Graduations
23% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for computer software majors who are seeking their master's degree is Boston University. Roughly 33,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,720 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 90 people received their master's degree in computer software from Boston U. About 23% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
78 Yearly Graduations
28% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for computer software majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Southern California. Each year, around 48,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

The computer software program at University of Southern California awarded 78 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 28% of this group were women, and 10% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
75 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for computer software majors who are seeking their master's degree is Carnegie Mellon University. Each year, around 14,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,816 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $45,037 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 75 people received their master's degree in computer software from Carnegie Mellon. Of these students, 47% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
74 Yearly Graduations
34% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of St Thomas Minnesota is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in computer software. Roughly 9,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,780 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,766 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 74 master's degrees were handed out to computer software majors at UST MN. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 34% were women.

#14

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
57 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Virginia - Main Campus comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in computer software. Each year, around 25,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,970 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,578 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 57 people received their master's degree in computer software from University of Virginia. Around 9% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 33% were women.

#15

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
54 Yearly Graduations
26% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Utah comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in computer software. Each year, around 32,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,412 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,211 per year.

The computer software program at University of Utah awarded 54 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 26% were women and 9% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Regis University

Denver, Colorado
50 Yearly Graduations
34% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Regis University is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in computer software. Each year, around 6,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $37,830 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,441 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 50 master's degrees were handed out to computer software majors at Regis U. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 34% were women.

#17

Robert Morris University

Moon Township, Pennsylvania
48 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Robert Morris University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in computer software. Each year, around 4,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 48 people received their master's degree in computer software from RMU. Of these students, 33% were women and 8% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

School of Visual Arts

New York, New York
47 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

School of Visual Arts comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in computer software. Roughly 4,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,900 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,940 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 47 people received their master's degree in computer software from SVA. Of these students, 68% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Wilmington University

New Castle, Delaware
46 Yearly Graduations
26% Women

Wilmington University is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in computer software. Roughly 14,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,430 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,784 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 46 people received their master's degree in computer software from Wilmington University.

#20

University of California - Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
39 Yearly Graduations
23% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for computer software majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of California - Santa Cruz. Each year, around 19,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 master's degrees were handed out to computer software majors at UC Santa Cruz. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 23% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to computer software that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Computer Information Systems 15,812
Computer Science 11,600
Information Technology 7,824
Information Science 6,516
Computer Systems Networking 645

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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