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Master of Computer Science

University of Illinois

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Accredited master's degree

Offered by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

$21,440 USD

Competitively priced with pay-as-you-go tuition

Finish in 12-36 months

8 courses total, 10-12 hours per week

100% online learning

Hands-on learning from anywhere, no travel required

Student Experience

Earn your MCS degree while learning on Coursera’s feature-rich platform

You’ll feel the MCS program's commitment to the student experience and positive engagement during your time as a student. You will have many opportunities to connect with students, staff, and faculty around the world — 100% online. There is a team of dedicated academic advisors in the computer science department to assist students. Every semester, the advising team hosts webinars to address student questions.

Course staff host live office hours to answer student questions and help with coursework. Students also work together on group projects using Zoom and Slack. In addition, the Illinois Computer Science Speaker Series brings prominent leaders and experts to campus to share their ideas and promote conversations about important challenges and topics in the discipline.


Pre-recorded lecture videos

Enjoy taking a deep dive into every course with 2- to 15-minute high-quality video lectures from your instructors.


Slide decks with audio commentary

Highly engaging course materials include slide decks that offer explanations from instructors and visual aids.


Practical exercises in coding and analysis

Walk through hands-on exercises alongside instructors to add to your portfolio and showcase to employers.


Attend office hours

Ask questions and get answers in virtual office hours with instructors and teaching assistants.


Learn alongside an online community

Connect with fellow learners in staff-moderated discussion forums to share ideas, ask questions, and grow together.


Study on your own schedule

With no class times, get your coursework done during the week when it’s convenient for you.

Meet your instructors


Nancy M. Amato

Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering and Department Head


Matthew Caesar

Professor of Computer Science


Jiawei Han

Michael Aiken Chair


John Hart

Professor of Computer Science


Julia Hockenmaier

Professor and Willett Faculty Scholar


Marco Morales Aguirre

Teaching Associate Professor


Jimeng Sun

Health Innovation Professor


About Illinois Computer Science

The University of Illinois' Computer Science Department is a 2022 U.S. News & World Report top-five CS graduate program.

Building upon a proud legacy stretching back to the 1940s, Illinois Computer Science stands at the forefront of computing innovation. Collectively, our alumni and faculty have birthed new industries, generated billions of dollars in commerce, created tens of thousands of jobs, and revolutionized the way that people communicate, shop, and conduct business. Subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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