2018 Best Schools for a Master's in Computer Science

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The following ten schools comprise our list of the best master's programs in computer science for 2018. The list was generated based on past and current student ratings. With a 90.15 score and a 100% student recommendation rate, Boston University tops our list this year. One student commented on how much they enjoyed BU's online courses, saying, "The live online lectures really help expand the content in the textbook. The seven-week layout of the courses was a little daunting at first. But after my first class, I actually found myself preferring it over the standard 14-week semester." Other strong contenders on the list include prestigious schools like Brown, MIT, and Stanford, while state schools like UMass - Amherst and Indiana University made it into the top ten as well.

The University of Southern California, which costs $40,670 per year, is ranked eighth, with one student writing, "So far the quality of instruction has been excellent as the professors and TAs have been extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The courses I have taken so far have been challenging but not so much so that they are impossible to pass." A student from the University of Washington - Bothell, which costs $16,197 for in-state tuition, said, "Small classroom sizes and the high faculty-student ratio sets it apart from other crowded campuses where one may easily feel lost out." To find out more information about these top-ranked schools, click on the links below.

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Rank College Campus Location 2018 Student Score
#1 #1 Boston University Campus Location Boston (MA) 2018 Student Score 90.15
#2 #2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Campus Location Cambridge (MA) 2018 Student Score 89.80
#3 #3 University of Massachusetts - Amherst Campus Location Amherst (MA) 2018 Student Score 86.25
#4 #4 Brown University Campus Location Providence (RI) 2018 Student Score 85.00
#5 #5 Stanford University Campus Location Stanford (CA) 2018 Student Score 84.70
#6 #6 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Location Bothell (WA) 2018 Student Score 84.29
#7 #7 Indiana University - Bloomington Campus Location Bloomington (IN) 2018 Student Score 83.52
#8 #8 University of Southern California Campus Location Los Angeles (CA) 2018 Student Score 83.52
#9 #9 New York University Campus Location New York (NY) 2018 Student Score 81.54
#10 #10 George Mason University Campus Location Fairfax (VA) 2018 Student Score 81.29


Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2018 Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular degree program must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from their institution of choice for more details.

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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.