Graduate Admissions Requirements Masters of Science in Computer Science

  1. Grade Point Average

    A minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale is required. The applicant must submit sealed official copies of the undergraduate transcript. Increased consideration will be given to coursework in math and computer science. These department specific requirements supersede the general admissions requirements of the graduate school.

  2. Coursework

    Undergraduate preparation equivalent to the following courses in the computer science curriculum

    1. Calculus I
    2. Calculus II
    3. Linear Algebra
    4. Probability
    5. Discrete Math I
    6. Data Structures and Algorithms I & II
    7. Theory of Operating Systems
    8. Communication and Networking
    9. Principles of Programming Languages
    10. Microprocessor Based Systems
    11. Theory of Computing

    Students who are deficient in one or two areas may receive conditional acceptance. Students with conditional acceptance will be expected to address these deficiencies by enrolling in and completing an appropriate undergraduate course in the first year of their degree program with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Incoming graduate students are expected to have mathematical maturity (ability to read proofs) expected of a person beginning graduate studies as well as proficiency in high level programming languages (such as C, C++, or Java).

  3. Standardized Tests

    The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Although standardized tests are, by no means, the only criteria considered, acceptable scores must indicate mathematical and reasoning skill maturity expected of a graduate student. Typical minimum scores will be in the 65th percentile range on the Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Analytical Writing sections of the GRE. Non-English speaking international students applying for admission to graduate study must demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the English language by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants should attain a minimum score of 575 on the TOEFL (old paper-based test) or 90 (new Internet-base test) or a 6.5 minimum IELTS score. A telephone interview may also be required

  4. Letters of Reference

    Applicants must submit three letters of reference. These references must be submitted directly to the Department of Computer and Information Sciences by the referees. The applicant must specify the name, address, contact information, and email for each of their references. The university will contact references by email with instructions for them to upload their letters of references. It is recommended that applicants notify and make arrangements for their referees well in advance of the application deadline. The references must provide evidence attesting to the applicant’s suitability for graduate work in computer science. The student may also specify that he or she waive their right to access letters of references.

  5. Application Fee

    Application Fee: Payment of the application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is nonrefundable.

    The Application for Graduate Admission can be found here.

  6. Evaluation of Applications

    An application is considered complete once the following items have been completed

    1. Completed application
    2. Sealed official copy of your academic transcripts
    3. Sufficient undergraduate coursework and preparation
    4. Official test scores for GRE. For Non-native English speakers this additionally includes the TOEFL
    5. Three letters of reference submitted directly to the Department
    6. Payment of non-refundable application fee
    7. Applicants from non US institutions are required to include a WES transcript evaluation

    Only completed applications will receive consideration. Evaluation of applications begins on March 1st.

  7. Contact Information

    Online application may be submitted at:

    Graduate Admissions (

    Inquiries may be directed to the following:

    Graduate Program Director (Dr. Gary Holness):
    Department Chairperson (Dr. Marwan Rasamny):

    Phone: (302) 857-6640
    Fax: (302) 857-6522