Develop knowledge for the fast-moving IT field, apply expertise on the job, and gain essential skills for career advancement.

Is this program right for you?

The UW-Madison Professional Master’s Program in Computer Sciences was created so that you can complete your degree within one to two years, while holding down a full-time job.


The UW-Madison Professional Master’s in Computer Sciences is a new program that fills a growing market demand. Hiring of computer scientists is expected to grow 15% in the next decade—far higher than the average for most other professions.


This degree is perfect if you are a working professional who wants to further your education, obtain the most current expertise in the fast-moving IT field, and immediately apply what you learn to your job.


Take as many courses as you can handle each semester. Many people will complete two courses each semester, which should be a challenging but manageable workload.


We encourage you to apply for an internship after your first year of study to deepen your knowledge and gain more work experience. This internship can be counted toward your independent study credit. Our students have interned at companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and a number of tech startups; many of them received job offers prior to completing their degree.


Our Professional Master’s in Computer Sciences is distinct from the UW-Madison Master of Science in Computer Sciences, which evaluates applicants based primarily on their potential to do research and complete a PhD. Our Professional Master’s in Computer Sciences is a terminal master’s program. However, the UW-Madison Department of Computer Sciences grants only a single kind of Master of Science degree, so you will receive the exact same degree and designation that students in the traditional Master of Science program receive. Your transcript will include the phrase “Option: Professional Program.”


What you Learn

  • Gain cutting-edge computer science knowledge in a variety of fields, including artificial intelligence, database management, and programming languages

Where & How you learn


  • Face-to-face


  • Complete as many courses as you would like per semester; a typical workload is 1-2 courses each semester

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All applicants must:

  • Have a four-year bachelor’s degree or the equivalent
  • Take the GRE General Test
  • Submit three letters of recommendation; scores from the GRE General Test; official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended; a personal statement; and any additional information deemed relevant, such as a résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Non-native English speakers must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score unless your official language of instruction was English, you completed a minimum of two full-time semesters of graded coursework in a U.S. college or university or institution where English is exclusively the language of instruction, or you earned a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university no more than five years prior to your anticipated semester of enrollment

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