Graduate-level research in Machine Learning, Robotics, Natural Language Processing, Cognitive Science, Complex Systems, Human Centered Computing, Programming Languages, Software Engineering, Data Science, 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. The computer science course based MS are also available via distance section.

Areas of study include:

  • AI – Natural Language Processing
  • AI – Cognitive Science
  • AI – Machine Learning 
  • AI – Robotics
  • Complex Systems
  • Computational Biology
  • Computational Social Science
  • Distributed and Networked Systems
  • Human Centered Computing
  • Mobile and Wearable Systems
  • Numerical and Scientific Computing 
  • Programming Languages
  • Security
  • Software Engineering 
  • Theory of Computing
  • Verification

Degrees Offered

MS (Research Based), Professional MS (Course Based), PhD, Dual Professional MS/Engineering Management, Interdisciplinary Programs

Distance Education

Reference pages with details about distance education.

GRE Scores

CSEN-PhD and CSEN-MS (Research Based MS) applicants are required to submit scores from the general GRE. CSEN-MSCPS (Course Based MS) applicants are NOT required to submit GRE scores. Scores are only valid for 5 years. Typical GRE scores of admitted applicants are 157 verbal (or 560 verbal using old scoring) and 161 quantitative (or 775 quantitative using old scoring).

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.

Program Information

Computer Science Website


Phone: 303-492-6361