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Career Outcomes

Students love that they can apply their learning immediately at their current job.

MCS-DS Career Opportunities

A 2016 McKinsey & Company study predicts that there will be a shortfall of nearly 250,000 data scientists by 2024, even after estimating a 7% per year increase in data science graduates.

Business Insider cites being a data scientist as the highest paying job for college graduates at $95,000 per year. PayScale indicates that the average salary of an MCS degree-holder is about $18,000 more than those who only hold a bachelor’s degree in computer science. And the projected 5-year growth for salaries ranges from 14 to 28%.

Alumni Network

Illinois Computer Science is part of the largest alumni network in the country, with 450,000+ alumni worldwide. Wherever you are in the world, you’re never far from fellow Illini.

Career Services

Handshake: Connecting Students to Careers

Whether you’re looking for a part-time job or full-time employment after graduation, this resource is there to help you.

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    12 - 36 months

    Each course requires 10 - 12 hours per week, depending on the student’s background

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    32 credit hours (8 courses)
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    100% online courses

Application Deadline: May 30, 2020

The next cohort starts in Fall 2020.

Applications are open three times per year, for cohorts starting in the fall, spring, and summer.

Update: In response to the temporary closings of testing centers in countries impacted by COVID-19, the Graduate College will temporarily accept Duolingo English Test examination results for tests taken between February 1 and August 1, 2020. Please refer to the Graduate College COVID-19 page for further details.

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