Please review the Graduate College admission requirements in addition to our department admission requirements below.
Admission to the program is determined by high scores on standardized tests, an adequate background in computer science, strong letters of recommendation, high-level grades from a strong undergraduate program, and research interests shared with the faculty. Each applicant is evaluated carefully based on the entire application package, taking into account test scores, previous educational achievement, letters of recommendation, and the statement of purpose. The admissions committee also considers an applicant’s previous research, publications, and work experience. The stated minimums are guidelines. An applicant whose record is weak in one aspect (e.g., GRE scores) may be considered for admission if a strength exists in another area (e.g., excellent GPA, letters). In evaluating students applications, the committee looks for the following: (1) adequate math and computer science background, (2) excellent academic performance, (3) good communication skills, and (4) intellectual potential. The admissions committee will also consider whether applicants have researched the University of Arizona Computer Science program and are applying to work in research areas and with the expertise of the faculty currently in the Department of Computer Science.
Applicants for admission are evaluated on the basis of academic record, preparation, and other relevant qualifications. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in computer science or a closely related field. A well-prepared applicant should be proficient in a high-level programming language such as C, C++, or Java, and have a solid background in the following areas: (1) mathematics, including calculus and discrete mathematics; (2) machine architecture; (3) programming languages, including exposure to a variety of high-level languages (e.g., Java, LISP, Icon); (4) data structures; (5) algorithm analysis; (6) theory of computation; and (7) software systems, including compilers and operating systems.
If an applicant lacks the academic background to apply to the graduate program, prerequisites can be completed at another institution or at UA as a non-degree-seeking graduate student prior to application. Non-degree-seeking graduate students can take undergraduate and graduate level courses at the University of Arizona’s campus, if space is available.
*Note: International students are not eligible for non-degree seeking status because of visa requirements. There is no guarantee of admission to the graduate program based on completion of the prerequisites at the University of Arizona.
Typical minimum undergraduate GPA for MS applicants is 3.2 out of a 4.0 scale. Typical minimum undergraduate GPA for PhD applicants is a 3.5, and an applicant with a Master's degree in a related field is graduate GPA of 3.7 or above.
The department requires the GRE general test. Admission requirements do not set specific score cut-offs in each section. Typical minimum scores for admitted applicants are 156 verbal (domestic applicants) and 158 quantitative.
International applicants born in a country where English is not the official language should review Graduate College minimum English proficiency score requirements.
The departmental typical minimum TOEFL listening score is 25. All teaching assistants must have a minimum TOEFL speak score of 24 (IELTS - total minimum score of 7.5 or above with no score lower than 7 on any section of the test. A score of 8 is the recommended level.)
*Note: We do not consider students for conditional admission.
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*Note: Current University of Arizona international students or international applicants in Tucson should contact the Graduate Program Coordinator regarding spring admission.
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