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Graduate Program

The University of Virginia's Computer Science graduate program aims to produce well-educated researchers, teachers, and future leaders in Computer Science. Graduate degrees are a certification by the faculty that the student has a broad education in Computer Science and has performed original research in the area.

Computer Science offers the degrees of Master of Science (MS), Master of Computer Science (MCS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The MS degree requires course work plus a formal thesis. The MCS degree is based on courses, but students have the option and indeed are encouraged to conduct a substantial project. In either case, course requirements differ slightly for students applying only for the MS/MCS, versus those accepted for PhD study. Please note that a prior masters degree is not a prerequisite for applying to the PhD program. The PhD degree culminates with the student writing and defending a dissertation based on the result of independent, original research that makes a significant scholarly contribution to the student's field of study.

Graduate Handbook

The official departmental requirements for the Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science are detailed in our graduate handbook. These requirements are in addition to the requirements of the School of Engineering and Applied Science that are outlined in the graduate catalog.


UVa CS Graduate Handbook (PDF)



Graduate Student Orientation

Information about our 2017 Orientation will be posted as soon as it becomes available.


Graduate Admissions

For graduate admissions information, please visit the graduate admissions page or contact:

Further Information

For all other additional information, please contact:

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at:

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