Masters Program Requirements & Application

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Applicants to the graduate program must have a four-year bachelor's degree or equivalent. Interested students with 3-year degrees should contact the department for information.

Ideally, M.S. applicants should have a good background in the core areas of Computer Science such as programming, data structures and algorithms, systems, theory, and hardware.  In addition, they should have appropriate mathematical background such as calculus and statistics.

Applicants who have a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than Computer Science or a related field, and do not have the required Computer Science background, are encourage to apply if:

  1. The applicant can demonstrate knowledge of programming using a high level programming language through coursework or experience, and
  2. The applicant takes a preparation course, CSCI 49000 Computer Science Foundations, offered by the department, and receive a grade of B or better
Such applicants are also encouraged to speak with a graduate advisor.

GPA: The applicant's record should exhibit outstanding achievement as indicated by the grade point average for each degree over his or her entire academic record. Applicants are expected to have a GPA of at least a 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. The record should also demonstrate strong individual accomplishments and recommendations from independent references.

GRE: All applicants to the M.S. program must submit GRE scores; there is no specific minimum score requirement.

English Proficiency Requirements: All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit scores for TOEFL or IELTS. An overall TOEFL i BT score of 79 or an IELTS band score of 6.5 is required. Additionally, the following TOEFL section minimum score requirements apply: 19 Reading, 14 Listening, 18 Speaking, 18 Writing.  These requirements also apply to permanent resident students who obtained their education overseas, regardless of the number of years they have lived in the U.S.  International students who have received a bachelor's degree or higher in the U.S. are exempt from this requirement only if the degree was awarded within the last 2 years.  Please contact a departmental advisor if you are unsure as to whether English proficiency scores are required in your case.

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Application Deadlines

  • January 15th: Fall semester with consideration for University Fellowship only.
  • April 1st: Fall semester without financial consideration.
  • September 15th: Spring semester.