Minimum Admissions Requirements for Computer Science MS and PhD Programs

The Computer Science program offers a M.S. degree in Computer Science, Information Security, and Software Engineering, as well as a Ph.D degree in Computer Science. The following are the minimum admissions requirements for such degrees:

  • Required Degrees: To be admitted to the Department of Computer Science as a CS graduate student you should have an undergraduate or graduate degree in Computer Science or related field from an accredited university. Students without an undergraduate degree in CS will be required to complete undergraduate prerequisites not on their undergraduate transcript before graduating with a graduate degree in CS. Students without a prior undergraduate or graduate degree in computer science should have at least 18 semester hours of credit in upper level undergraduate computer courses to be considered competitive for admissions.

    Undergraduate Prerequisites for the MS & PhD CS Degreee Program:

    • COP 3353 Intro to Unix
    • COP 3014 Programming I
    • COP 4530 Data Structures
    • COP 3330 Object Oriented Programming
    • COP 4531 Algorithm Analysis
    • CDA 3100 Computer Organization I
    • CDA 3101 Computer Organization II
    • COP 4610 Operating Systems
    • COT 4420 Computer Theory
    • MAC 2311 Calculus I
    • MAC 2312 Calculus II
    • MAD 2104 Discrete Math I
    • MAD 3105 Discrete math II
    • STA 4442 Intro to Probability
  • GRE Scores: The minimum GRE scores required for admission are a 145 on the verbal section and a 150 on the quantitative section. For the old scoring system, the minimum GRE score required for admission is 1100 (Verbal and Quantitative combined) with a minimum of 650 on the Quantitative.
  • TOEFL Scores: The minimum required score on the IBTOEFL for admission consideration is 80 (213 computer-based, 550 paper-based). However, the Computer Science Department considers a score of 100-105 competitive, especially when students are seeking assistantships. The ability to lecture in English will be a major consideration in the selection of students for Teaching Assistantships.
  • Grade Point Average: Students should have at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) average to be considered competitive. Students with a GPA of less then 3.0 in their undergraduate degree fall below both the department and university standards.