Graduate-level research in human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, programming, databases, and software engineering, among other areas, makes this one of the most prominent departments nationally. A key area of strength is the collaboration opportunities with other centers and departments. In one example of that collaboration, the department will share in a $250 million gift to the university from the Coleman Institute to develop technologies that will enhance the lives of people with cognitive disabilities. Over the next few years the department will also use four successive awards to improve its computing infrastructure.

Areas of study include:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computational Linguistics, Analytics, Search and Informatics
  • Databases
  • Data Science and Engineering
  • Hardware Systems
  • Human-centered Computing
  • Hypermedia
  • Machine Learning
  • Networks
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Parallel Computation
  • Program Analysis
  • Programming Languages
  • Scientific Computing
  • Security
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Systems
  • Speech and Natural Language Processing
  • Systems and Theory

Related areas of study:

  • Cognitive Science
  • Speech
  • Graphics/Virtual Reality

Degrees Offered

ME, MS, PhD 

Opportunities for dual degree include ME in Computer Science and ME in Engineering Management

Distance Education

The computer science ME, Non-Thesis MS, and Professional MS are available completely online. 

Learn more about the MS in Computer Science with emphasis in Data Science & Engineering offered completely online:

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Learn more about the Computational Linguistics, Analytics, Search and Informatics (CLASIC) master's degree available online:

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    GRE Scores

    PhD applicants are required to submit scores from the general GRE (scores are only valid for 5 years). GRE scores for MS and ME applicants are optional, in general; they are encouraged if the work is at an institution lacking a strong national reputation. General GRE scores of admitted applicants are 560 verbal and 775 quantitative using the old scoring system. GRE scores using the new scores are 157 verbal and 161 quantitative.

    TOEFL Scores: A TOEFL score of 560 in paper based; 220 CBT or 83 iBT or an IELTS score of 6.00 is required for international students unless you meet the graduate admissions English Proficiency Requirements. The "Institute Code" for the University of Colorado Boulder for the TOEFL test is "4841." Note: Regardless of the conditions mentioned at English Proficiency Requirements site, if you want to be considered for funding, TOEFL is mandatory.

    Application Deadline

    December 15, 2017

    Program Information

    Computer Science website


    Phone: 303-492-6361