Computer Science

Take your programming to the next level at one of the best computer science schools in the nation. The master’s degree in computer science at UAF will open the door to some of today’s most in-demand careers.

Our faculty include one of the world’s leading experts on the mathematics of novel graph coloring problems; the builder of the parallel volume rendering infrastructure for the Orion Nebula Fly-Through at the Hayden Planetarium; and a NASA prize winner who built a novel 3D printer from recyclable plastic and dusty regolith.

Earn your computer science master’s degree online or on campus, part-time or full-time. Choose electives that match your interests and career goals. You can also earn your bachelor’s and master’s in computer science in just five years in our BS/MS Fast Track program.

Get more information

decorative divider



Why Earn Your Computer Science Master’s Degree at UAF?

Develop software to analyze the spread of infectious disease. Write an algorithm to allow a LIDAR-equipped robot to navigate unknown terrain. Build and test a new computer game. In the computer science master’s degree program at UAF, you’ll learn to create technologies that are changing the way we live.

Engage in cutting-edge research and experiential learning

  • Work with award-winning faculty on research involving computer security, computer graphics, artificial intelligence, robotics, simulation, databases, parallel computation and more. Several active research programs recruit our computer science master’s degree students. We also offer options for teaching and research assistantships that include full tuition and a stipend.

Work in state-of-the-art computer science labs

  • Use the latest equipment to design, implement and validate computer systems. Our shared department server has 256GB of RAM and a 64-core CPU. We also have an active student-run Discord server.

Participate in computer science competitions

  • Compete nationally in everything from robot building to interactive game development. Opportunities include our Computer Security Club, the Cyber-Defense Competition (NCCDC), and our Robotics Club, which has earned multiple awards at the national finals of the NASA Robotic Mining Competition.

Earn your bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years

  • Save time and money with our ABET-accredited, accelerated master’s degree in computer science program, which allows you to earn both your bachelor’s and master’s in computer science in five years. Learn more about the BS/MS Fast Track program.



What Can You Do With a Master’s Degree in Computer Science?

Earn your computer science master’s degree at UAF and graduate with a career waiting for you: our program has a 100% job placement for computer science graduates.

Computer science jobs are among the fastest growing careers in the nation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information research scientists is projected to grow 22 percent over the next decade — more than double the average rate for all occupations. 

With your master’s degree from UAF, you’ll have the niche skills, research acumen and hands-on training to stand out in the job market, and succeed long-term in a field that offers excellent job security and growth potential. 




Get Started on Your Master’s Degree in Computer Science

Take the next step toward earning your master’s degree. We have the resources to help you get started.