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2021 Best Computer & Information Sciences Master's Degree Schools

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$77,517 Avg Salary
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Finding the Best Computer & Information Sciences Master's Degree School for You

Computer & Information Sciences is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 5th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 220,337 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Computer & Information Sciences Master's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 205 schools in the United States to see which master's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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2021 Best Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Computer & Information Sciences Master's Degree Colleges.

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

#1

Brown University

Providence, RI

Our analysis found Brown University to be the best school for computer and information sciences students who want to pursue a master’s degree in the United States. Brown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Providence.

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Out of the 205 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Massachusetts Institute of Technology landed the # 2 spot on the list. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge.

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#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

The excellent master’s degree programs at Harvard University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best computer and information sciences schools in the United States. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#4

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Virginia Tech is a great place for computer and information sciences students working on their master’s degree. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg.

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#5

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Johns Hopkins University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools list. Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Baltimore.

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#6

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree computer and information sciences programs. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#7

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

With a ranking of #7, University of Pennsylvania did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer and information sciences students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus ranked #8 on this year’s Best Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools list. Georgia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Atlanta.

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University of California - Berkeley did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer and information sciences students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a very large student population.

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#10

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools list. Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Pittsburgh.

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#11

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer and information sciences students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

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Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer and information sciences students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

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#13

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree computer and information sciences programs. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

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#14

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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North Carolina State University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree computer and information sciences programs. Located in the large city of Raleigh, NC State is a public school with a very large student population.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer and information sciences students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. Located in the large city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a very large student population.

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#17

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern University landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree computer and information sciences programs. Northeastern is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

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Washington University in St Louis came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools ranking. WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Louis.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Washington - Tacoma Campus landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree computer and information sciences programs. Located in the midsize city of Tacoma, University of Washington - Tacoma Campus is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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University of California - San Diego landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree computer and information sciences programs. UCSD is a very large public school located in the city of La Jolla.

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#22

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park ranked #23 on this year’s Best Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools list. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the small city of University Park.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree computer and information sciences programs. WPI is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Worcester.

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Columbia University in the City of New York landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree computer and information sciences programs. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

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

#28

New York University

New York, NY
#30

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

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
31 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
32 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
33 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
34 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
35 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Middletown, PA
36 George Washington University Washington, DC
37 University of Delaware Newark, DE
38 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
39 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
40 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
41 Emory University Atlanta, GA

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

Computer & Information Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
Computer Science 47,906
Information Technology 33,399
Information Science 17,779
Computer Systems Networking 14,055
Computer Software & Applications 12,793
Computer Programming 10,688
Computer Systems Analysis 2,472
Data Processing 2,138
Data Entry 1,382
Other Computer & Information Sciences 1,243

Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 200,684
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 162,961
Engineering Technologies 92,549
Physical Sciences 53,556
Mathematics & Statistics 49,748

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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.

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