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At-a-Glance

  • M.A. in Computer Science
    -Full- or part-time
    -Two tracks: Three- or four-semester program, depending on academic background
    -Fall admission application deadline: rolling through May 1, beginning Jan. 15
    -Spring admission application deadline: Nov. 1
  • B.A./M.A. in Computer Science
    -For Brandeis undergraduates only
    -Fall and spring admission
    -Undergraduates apply after completion of their sixth semester at Brandeis and begin taking graduate courses in their seventh semester.
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science
    -Fall admission application deadline: Jan. 15

Graduate Programs in Computer Science

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*Please note that the Post Baccalaureate program has evolved into the four (4)-semester Master's program, beginning Fall 2015. Applicants can apply beginning in Fall 2014.*

About the Program

Conduct state-of-the-art research in emerging fields at a world-renowned university. Explore innovation and cutting-edge industry with dedicated faculty, a few miles from both Cambridge's technology hub and Route 128, Boston’s "technology corridor." Brandeis University's graduate program in Computer Science offers courses and research opportunities in many of the core areas of Computer Science: databases, programming languages, artificial intelligence, networks and distributed and parallel computing, data compression, human computer interaction and collaborative technology. You will also have the opportunity to take courses and conduct research in many interdisciplinary fields associated with Computer Science, such as neural nets and dynamical systems, computational linguistics, computational biology, and educational technology.

In addition to the PhD, the Department of Computer Science offers a number of Master's degrees:

  • The three (3)-semester M.A. program consists of graduate level coursework for students who have completed a B.A. or B.S. in computer science or a closely related field. 
  • The NEW four (4)-semester M.A. program (the former combined post-baccalaureate/M.A. program) consists of four semesters of introductory computer science coursework and graduate level coursework. This program is ideal for students that seek a master's degree, but have little or no background in computer science. 
  • Student backgrounds will be evaluated by faculty committee for the appropriate track.
  • M.A. in Computational Linguistics

Students in the Ph.D. program are eligible to participate in the interdepartmental graduate program in Quantitative Biology, which provides training in new research fields that cross the traditional boundaries between the life sciences and the physical sciences.

Faculty

We encourage you to explore one of the department’s greatest assets through our faculty pages.

Courses and Degree Requirements

For the most updated course listing, course descriptions, and degree requirements, please visit the Registrar's website.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines:

Ph.D.: January 15
Master’s: For fall semester (starts in late August): rolling through May 1; application review begins January 15. For spring semester (starts in January): November 1
B.A./M.A.: Current undergraduates should apply for the B.A./M.A. program after completion of their sixth semester at Brandeis using our online application

Admission Requirements:

Ph.D.: All students who have completed a Bachelor's degree in computer science or a closely related field are eligible to apply to the Ph.D. in computer science.

Master's: The M.A. in Computer Science is a newly revamped, two-track program (beginning in fall 2015) designed for students with undergraduate degrees in any field. The three-semester M.A. track is for students with undergraduate majors in computer science; the four-semester M.A. track is for students who have a bachelor's degree in another field who wish to prepare for a Ph.D. or a career in computer science. Student backgrounds will be evaluated by faculty committee for the appropriate track.

To apply, you need to submit:

  • An online application;
  • An application fee (please click here for more information);
  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions;
  • Letters of recommendation, submitted electronically. The Ph.D. program requires three letters of recommendation; the M.A. requires two letters of recommendation; the B.A./M.A. program requires one letter of recommendation.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé;
  • A statement of purpose indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the academic program and your objectives in undertaking this program.
  • Standardized tests: Our ETS institution code is 3092.
    Ph.D.: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required; GRE subject test not required, but the advanced test in computer science is encouraged.
    Master’s: GRE required.
    B.A./M.A: GRE not required.

International students:  For additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas, please click here.

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Generous scholarships and financial aid are available; for more information please visit our Financial Aid pages.

Careers and Alumni

Alumni of our Computer Science department have secured positions at well-known companies such as Google, Microsoft, EMC, and BBN Technologies. Software developer, professor, design engineer, and robotics programmer are among the many professions that Computer Science students may pursue with a graduate degree. Brandeis’ close proximity to Cambridge and Route 128 allows students to pursue internships that are distinct to their interests, and a strong alumni network enables students to connect with professionals at leading technology corporations. Students can work closely with our Career Services office for an array of resources, including CV/resume help, job search, and networking. Read the Computer Science Career Guide (PDF).