With incredible demand for advanced computing skills across virtually every industry, now is an exciting time to earn a computer science master’s degree, whether you intend to pursue research or are seeking advancement, higher pay or new opportunities. UWM is one of Wisconsin’s two R1 research universities—an ideal place to bolster your computer science knowledge and skills.
The program welcomes those whose undergraduate degrees were not in non-computer science.
This track is designed for people planning to pursue research or a future PhD. With a faculty mentor, you will prepare and defend a thesis, which demonstrates that you can identify a problem and design, implement, evaluate, and explain a solution, including how it relates to prior work.
Qualified UWM undergraduate students can apply to begin this program during their senior year.
Boost Your Career
A computer science master’s degree will broaden your knowledge and open the doors to senior positions and career changes. Those holding master’s degree are in high demand and the pay is excellent.
Sample positions, median salaries and projected growth from 2019-2029:*
- Information security analyst. Salary: $103,590. Growth: 31%
- Software developers, quality assurance analysts, testers. Salary: $110,140. Growth: 22%
- Computer and information research scientist. Salary: $126,830. Growth: 15%
- Computer and information systems manager. Salary: $151,150. Growth: 10%
- Computer systems analyst. $93,730. Growth: 7%
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
What to Expect
This program provides a broad background in critical and emerging aspects of computer science. You can select to concentrate in one of these six areas:
- Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing
- Database and information systems
- Image Processing and computer graphics
- Medical and bio informatics
- Programming language and compilers
- Theory and algorithms
Full-time or part-time
Most students choose to attend full time, in-person, but the program also welcomes part-time students. You can complete your 30-credit degree in as few as 24 months.
An original thesis research project, supervised by a faculty member, is required.
UWM is a top tier R1 research university, and you’ll have the opportunity work with faculty engaged in leading-edge research in areas such as:
- Artificial intelligence
- Computational robotics
- Extensible languages
- Intelligent dialog systems
- Object-oriented programming
Research Labs & Institutes
Answers to commonly asked questions can be found here.