I just completed my finals for my capstone class for this program and expect to get my degree confirmed sometime next month. I wanted to write a little about my experience at UIS, and hopefully provide some more information on the program if anyone is researching or interested in a computer science (CS) program. About the program: You can read about the details here: Department of Computer Science, but in summary, this program is "only" 8 courses long and costs about $1500/class (fees, tuition, etc). There is a nice long list of prereqs that are needed, but most (if not all) should have been completed if your undergrad studies were in comp sci (or related field). I think UIS is more focused on security, but there were many electives for AI, web development/design, and networking. You can focus on whatever subject(s) you want. I focused on web development/design and AI. I was able to complete this program in 4 semesters, starting from Fall 2012. I work a full time job and have 2 kids. The CS chair was really against taking 2 courses over the summer (since it was a 8 week course), but I was able to pass both classes with A's. I would highly recommend this program. The price is right (especially if there is employer tuition reimbursement) and can be completed in a relatively short amount of time. Comparisons with other degrees: I've completed two other masters programs: MBA and MS Computer Information Systems. I feel like this CS degree has been the most rewarding. While the other 2 degrees had a lot of theory (and a some practical applications), the CS program really forced me to create something practical for a majority of the classes. That's not to say that the other programs did not have value. I did get a lot out of the other programs, but after completing the CS program, I oddly feel some sort of closure. If anyone is debating whether to get either an MBA or CS (because I've had this question before)... in terms of competitive advantage, I think anyone could complete an MBA program, but not everyone could complete a CS program. I ended up with both. If I had to pick one, I would have just gone with a computer science program. Anyway, if anyone should have any questions about the MS CS program @ UIS, please let me know. I'll be more than happy to tell you more about my experiences.