Masters Program in Computer Science (MPCS) at the University of Chicago

November 6, 2019

The University of Chicago Center in Beijing would like to introduce the Masters Program in Computer Science (MPCS) at the University of Chicago, for those students interested in pursuing studies in computer science.

In a new, state-of-the-art research and teaching facility in the historic John Crerar Library Building, the heart of the science campus, the MPCS is located in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park Campus. As a graduate student at one of the world’s premier universities, you will be a member of a unique and distinguished intellectual community and enjoy the many benefits of academic life that the University of Chicago offers.

The MPCS offers a comprehensive computer science education that combines the foundations of computer science with the applied skills necessary for careers in technology. The program offers a rigorous curriculum in theory, programming, and applications with the ability to tailor coursework to the career goals and backgrounds of our students.

Our coursework represents a realistic balance between the foundation courses (e.g. programming languages, algorithms, databases, computer systems, etc.) and the applied courses (e.g. application development, machine learning, data analytics, etc.). We challenge our students to think creatively by enhancing the learning experience with technical projects. You can find additional information about our courses by looking through our Information Kit.

The MPCS is unique among top CS programs in that we do not require an undergraduate background in computer science. Students join our program with a wide variety of backgrounds, including Computer Science and Engineering. Placement exams at the start of studies allow more advanced students to place in to more challenging classes. Alternatively, we offer an optional preparatory sequence in mathematics and programming that allows admitted non-Computer Science undergraduates to successfully complete a masters in CS program.

The MPCS currently offers the following programs:

  • MS in Computer Science Full-Time program offers two curriculum options, a 9-Course Program that can be completed in one academic year or a 12-Course Specialization Program that offers advanced coursework and the opportunity for an internship to provide a hands-on, industry-driven experience.
  • MS in Computer Science Part-Time program is perfect for working professionals, allowing students to finish the 9-Course or 12-Course program at their own pace. This program provides a balance between foundations in CS and skills necessary for technology careers.
  • Joint MBA/MPCS Program merges business and technology.
  • Pre-Doctoral MS in Computer Science is for students wanting to pursue computer science research.

Our program produces highly qualified graduates for careers in industry. 60% of our graduates are employed in software development/engineering; other areas with significant alumni are technology product management, FinTech, data analysis and research. Over 60% of our alumni work in technology companies, 25% are in finance/trading companies, and others mainly working in research organizations/universities, healthcare, and technology consulting. While 60% of our graduates are employed in Chicago, a significant portion of the rest head to the East and West Coasts. We invite you to explore our MPCS Career Outcomes here.

We invite interested students to start an application to the MPCS! The application process is completed entirely online. Admission is based on careful review of the entire online application including essay questions, three letters of recommendation, resume/CV, transcripts from all previous education, and official score reports for the GRE/GMAT and TOEFL/IELTS (if necessary) exams.

The MPCS does not have a minimum GPA requirement. We look for a strong overall academic record, specifically in any quantitative courses. Similarly, while we do not have a minimum GRE/GMAT test score requirement, successful applicants to the MPCS have demonstrated strong quantitative ability with scores on the quantitative section of the exam above the 80th percentile.

Application deadlines for the 2020-2021 academic year have been posted here.

We encourage you to reach out if you are interested in learning more about our programs. We offer in-person information sessions in Chicago, and webinars for students who are located elsewhere. You are also welcome to schedule a phone call with one of our MPCS advisors by following this link.

We hope to hear from you!