University Of Central Missouri Computer Science

Last Updated on August 28, 2023

Computer Science MS

CS@UCM – Prepare for Career Success

Welcome to the M.S. in Computer Science program at the University of Central Missouri. You will have access to high quality instruction in the most affordable computer science master’s program in the state of Missouri. As a matter of fact, we are the largest Computer Science master program in Missouri. The program is designed to assist you in becoming a  senior computer professionals in the computer industry, and its focus is on the application of technology to solve a variety of practical problems. The M. S. in Computer Science program is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) through the University of Central Missouri.

Recent graduates of the program are working in organizations such as Amazon, Boeing, Cerner, DST Systems, Garmin, IBM, J.P. Morgan,  MasterCard, Microsoft, Sprint, Wal-Mart and many other Fortune 500 companies.

Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) is a 30-hour program. Currently, three 18-hours tracks are available. These are:

  • Software Development
  • Data Science and Applied Artificial Intelligence
  • General Computer Science

Experienced Faculty

All permanent computer science and software engineering faculty have a Ph. D. degree in computer science, software engineering or closely related areas. They conduct both theoretical and applied research in their own areas and publish their research results on major research journals. In addition, they also travel to give technical talks at various national/international conferences. They are committed to deliver today’s technology to students.


Admission is granted on the basis of applicant’s academic aptitude and potential which will be evaluated through academic record, test scores and/or work experience. To be admitted to the program, a student must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.8. Applicants must complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimum combined score of 291 in Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning. Applicants must submit official GRE test scores by Educational Testing Services (ETS) directly to the University of Central Missouri. The ETS institution code for sending GRE scores to UCM is 6090, program code is 0402. Applicants with exceptional undergraduate performance may be considered with a lower GRE score.

The GRE test requirement can be waived if any one of the following conditions is satisfied.

  • the student is a graduate of an accredited college or university with a degree in Computer Science/Information Technology/Information Systems and a GPA of 3.5 or more, OR
  • the student has earned an M.S. or more advanced degree in a closely related discipline

International students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (Internet based) is required. IELTS score is also accepted at UCM. Regular graduate students should have a band score of 6.0 in IELTS. The English requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a minimum of 60 semester credit hours or have earned a bachelor or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in the USA. Submission of a Statement of Purpose and three letters of recommendation is OPTIONAL for admission. They may however be required if the student applies for Graduate Assistantship or Student Worker positions.

Applicants who have degrees in some non-computing fields will also be considered for admission. Students may make up their deficiencies in computer science by completing the required undergraduate background courses. Applicants who do not meet one of the above minimum admission requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis. 

Software Development

This option emphasizes development of real world applications, from the ground up. You will be equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to develop large software products in a variety of industries. For example, you are able to study Software testing, application development, and software engineering.

Data Science and Applied Artificial Intelligence

Be part of an exciting rapidly growing field with many career paths and opportunities. You will gain the skills knowledge to made sense of data coming from a variety of sources. Data Science and Artificial Intelligence are making new discoveries in medicine, science, and business possible.

General Computer Science

This area will provide you with a broad range of knowledge and tools you can use to develop software products or apply to theoretical computing. You are able to study mobile computing, web development, big data, data mining, even artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Numerous scholarships are available specifically for Computer Science majors. In addition, there are paid opportunities to work as graduate assistant. For a full list of scholarships visit

Get involved!

Explore Computer Science outside the classroom by joining a Computer Science student organization. These include:

  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon, an honor society for Computing and Information disciplines, and
  • a student chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery 

By participating in these organizations, you will learn from guest speakers, attend regional and national conferences, and participate in state and/or national programming competitions.

ucm requirements for international students

International Admissions

The World is at UCM

The University of Central Missouri is a highly accredited university that is recognized across the world for academic excellence. We are one of the most affordable universities in the USA. UCM is home to more than 1,000 international students from 50 countries. We have the academic support services and student support resources in place to help you every step of the way—from applying to enrolling to settling into your new life at UCM.

  • International Student Viewbook (available in multiple langauges)
  • STEM Program Guide (available in multiple languages)

Applying to UCM

Fall Application Deadlines

  • Students coming from home country (F1/J1 visa types) June 1st
  • Transfer students, online from home country, all other visa types July 1st
  • Fall 2021 only, application and document deadline is June 15.

 Spring Application Deadlines

  • Students coming from home country (F1/J1 visa types) October 1st
  • Transfer students, online from home country, all other visa types November 1st

 Summer Application Deadlines

  • Students coming from home country (F1/J1 visa types) March 1st
  • Transfer students, online from home country, all other visa types April 1st

*Unless you are pursuing an online degree, summer admission is only open for the following programs: Intensive English Program, Computer Science BS and MS, Cybersecurity MS, Computer Information Systems & IT BS and MS, and Big Data and Analytics BS and MS.

 You are considered an international student applicant if you are not a United States citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Here is the information you need about:

  • International Admissions Requirements
  • International Admissions Process

International Admission Requirements

If you are not a United States citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., you are considered an international student at UCM.

International admissions requirements vary depending upon your student type and whether you are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. However, all international students will be required to:

  • Complete the International Student Application
  • Pay the non-refundable $75 application fee*
  • Prove English proficiency*
  • Provide financial support letter
  • Provide a bank statement with adequate funds
  • Official Transcripts *
  • Photocopy of passport

* may not apply to all student types

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