Ph.D. Admissions & Application

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Applicants must have a four-year bachelor's or equivalent degree. We place great weight on the quality of the institution. The applicant must have adequate computer science background, as determined by the admissions committee.

Applicants who begin a graduate program in computer science at another institution should complete at least a year in that program before applying to us. If the program is a master's program, we normally require completion of the program before registration here. If the program is a doctoral program, we ask for evidence of eligibility to continue that program.

Admission requirements:

  • A B.S. degree in Computer Science or a related field is desirable.
  • Background knowledge requirements--core CS topics, Data Structures, Math, etc. Applicants with deficiencies in these areas may be recommended to enroll in courses in Data Structures, Computer Architecture, Operating Systems, etc. as needed with guidance from faculty. Please contact the graduate program coordinator if you have questions about background knowledge requirements.
  • We strongly encourage outstanding candidates from other disciplines to apply.

GPA. We expect our entering students to have a grade point average (GPA) equivalent to at least 3.0 (A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, F = 0) in all their courses as well in computer science and mathematics courses.

GRE: All applicants to the Ph.D. program must submit GRE scores.

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.  Ph.D. applicants must also meet the following section requirements in addition to the minimum Total requirement: 18 Writing, 18 Speaking, 14 Listening, 19 Reading.  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

Application forms and all required material are strictly due on these dates. Application entries for summer (June) will not be considered. Applications are considered for fall and spring terms.

  • January 15th: Fall semester
  • September 15th: Spring semester