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We offer a limited number of merit-based scholarships to incoming graduate students on a competitive basis:
Approximate Award: $40,000 over 2 years
Awarded to incoming MSCS applicants with exceptional applications. All aspects of the application are considered, including GPA, GRE test scores, TOEFL/ITS scores (if applicable), letters of recommendation, and the essay/statement of purpose. Up to 2 awards are made every year.
Approximate Award: $10,000 over 2 semesters
Awarded to incoming MSCS applicants with outstanding applications, who are either women and/or belong to a minority group underrepresented in the field of Computer Science. Up to 2 awards are made every year.
Approximate Award: $10,000 over 2 semesters
Awarded to incoming MSCS applicants with outstanding applications. Students from any background are considered, including both domestic and international students. Several awards are made every year.
Approximate Award: $5,000 over 1 semester
Awarded to current MSCS graduate students who demonstrate exceptional skills and leadership. Awards are deposited directly into students' accounts at the start of the semester. Awarded every Spring semester.
These scholarships require you maintain a 3.3 GPA or higher. If you meet the GPA requirements, the scholarship is deposited directly into your student account at the start of the semester. No application is required for these scholarships—we automatically consider all graduate students (domestic and international).
There are many other options for financial aid for graduate students, including international students. If admitted to the MSCS program, the OneStop Financial Aid office is here to help students explore their options in financing their graduate studies.
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There are numerous opportunities for domestic and international students to offset the cost of living in the area:
There are a limited number of teacher assistant or research assistant positions offered by our department every semester. These on-campus positions usually require approximately 10 hours per week and pay an hourly wage. (They do not provide tuition remission.)
Most professors prefer you take a course with them prior to hiring you for one of these positions. If you are interested in these positions, you can look for open positions posted to our student mailing list or contact professors directly.
There are various other on-campus positions available. These positions typically earn an hourly wage, and require between 10 to 20 hours per week.
Most international students are eligible to work on-campus (including assistantships). International students should always check with an ISSS advisor before applying for a position.
Our prime location in the San Francisco Bay Area and proximity to Silicon Valley means there are many off-campus internships and positions available for graduate students that pay a competitive wage.
MSCS students (including most international students) can get credit towards their degree for these positions via the practicum option. Some restrictions apply.
Most international students can continue working in the United States for 29 months after graduating through OPT and the STEM extension.
You can find some frequently asked questions and answers below:
The MSCS program is 36 units. You can find the latest per-unit tuition cost and fees at the Financial Aid and Tuition page. (Look under "Graduate Programs" and the "Arts and Sciences" heading.)
See the Financial Aid for Graduate Programs page for more information on financial aid, and One Stop Tuition and Billing for more information on payment options, payment plans, and payment policies.
Living expenses include rent, food, transportation, and utilities such as electricity and gas. Most students choose to live off-campus, but limited on-campus housing is available. See Housing for Graduate Students for more information. You can see an estimate for on-campus or off-campus living expenses at the Understanding the Cost of Attendance page.
We automatically consider all applicants, including domestic and international applicants. There is not a separate application for scholarships.
Being a full-time student is like a full-time job. However, some students are able to work part-time during the academic year or full-time during the summer to gain experience and offset the costs of tuition. There are no restrictions for domestic students, but international students must check their visa restrictions first. See the Practicum Option for more information.
Feel free to contact the graduate director if you have any questions not answered here.