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Master’s Degree in Computer Software & Applications

1,961 Yearly Graduations
$72,800 Median Salary
$47,834 Median Debt
There are 66 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in computer software. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were men, and 16% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 52.8% of computer software graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Computer Software Majors

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 1,961 students earned their master's degree in computer software. This makes it the 73rd 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 3,277
Basic Certificate 2,720
Associate’s Degree 2,374
Master’s Degree 1,961
Undergraduate Certificate 1,218
Graduate Certificate 349
Doctor’s Degree 1

Earnings of Computer Software Majors With Master’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in computer software is $72,800. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $61,550 to a high of $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 school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

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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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $558.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue master's degree in computer software. About 54.1% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,060
Women 901
Gender Diversity of Master's Degree in Computer Software

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 148
Black or African American 61
Hispanic or Latino 70
White 531
International Students 1,035
Other Races/Ethnicities 116
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Computer Software Master's Degree Students

There are 66 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
354 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for computer software students seekinga master's degree is Academy of Art University. Each year, around 11,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $22,008 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,744 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 354 master's degree were handed out to computer software majors at Academy of Art University. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

#2

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
119 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Mason University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in computer software. Each year, around 35,900 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 $11,736 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 119 people received their master's degree in computer software from GMU. Of these students, 36% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
113 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Washington University is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in computer software. Each year, around 27,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,889 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $30,780 per year.

The computer software program at George Washington University awarded 113 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 49% were women and 6% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

New York University

New York, New York
112 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in computer software. Roughly 51,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $42,888 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 112 master's degree were handed out to computer software majors at NYU. Of these students, 58% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
111 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

North Carolina State University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in computer software. Each year, around 34,400 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 $8,917 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 111 people received their master's degree in computer software from NC State. About 46% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Wilmington University

New Castle, Delaware
93 Yearly Graduations
27% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for computer software majors who are seeking their master's degree is Wilmington University. Roughly 14,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,160 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,586 per year.

The computer software program at Wilmington University awarded 93 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 27% were women and 4% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

The New School

New York, New York
93 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The New School comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in computer software. Each year, around 10,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,997 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $45,669 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 93 people received their master's degree in computer software from New School University. Of these students, 74% were women and 22% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
91 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

DePaul University comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in computer software. Roughly 22,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,369 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,032 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 91 master's degree were handed out to computer software majors at DePaul. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 45% were women.

#9

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
79 Yearly Graduations
28% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in computer software. Roughly 45,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,320 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $44,712 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 79 master's degree were handed out to computer software majors at USC. About 28% of this group were women, and 8% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
75 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Carnegie Mellon University is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in computer software. Each year, around 13,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,244 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $43,815 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 75 people received their master's degree in computer software from Carnegie Mellon. Around 7% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 39% were women.

#11

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
67 Yearly Graduations
21% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Utah comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in computer software. Roughly 32,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,997 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,988 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 67 people received their master's degree in computer software from U of U. Of these students, 21% were women and 13% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
66 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of St Thomas Minnesota comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in computer software. Each year, around 9,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,792 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $25,954 per year.

The computer software program at University of St Thomas Minnesota awarded 66 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 38% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah
44 Yearly Graduations
32% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Western Governors University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in computer software. Roughly 98,600 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 2017-2018 academic year, 44 master's degree were handed out to computer software majors at WGU. Around 45% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 32% were women.

#14

School of Visual Arts

New York, New York
38 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

School of Visual Arts comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in computer software. Each year, around 4,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,900 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $44,700 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 38 master's degree were handed out to computer software majors at SVA. Around 8% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#15

Robert Morris University

Moon Township, Pennsylvania
34 Yearly Graduations
32% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for computer software majors who are seeking their master's degree is Robert Morris University. Roughly 5,000 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 34 master's degree were handed out to computer software majors at RMU. Of these students, 32% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
32 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for computer software majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Virginia - Main Campus. Each year, around 24,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,509 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,018 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 32 master's degree were handed out to computer software majors at University of Virginia. Around 16% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 41% were women.

#17

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, Connecticut
29 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sacred Heart University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in computer software. Roughly 8,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,150 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $26,524 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 29 master's degree were handed out to computer software majors at Sacred Heart. Of these students, 76% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois
26 Yearly Graduations
35% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for computer software majors who are seeking their master's degree is Lewis University. Each year, around 6,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $32,300 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,400 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 26 master's degree were handed out to computer software majors at Lewis. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 35% were women.

#19

New York Institute of Technology

Old Westbury, New York
25 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York Institute of Technology is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in computer software. Each year, around 7,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $35,585 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,130 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 25 master's degree were handed out to computer software majors at NYIT. About 68% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

University of California - Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
24 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Santa Cruz is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in computer software. Roughly 19,400 attend the school each year. 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.

The computer software program at University of California - Santa Cruz awarded 24 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 42% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Computer Information Systems 17,279
Computer Science 12,602
Information Science 6,913
Information Technology 6,393
Computer Systems Networking 747

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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