Checklist for Applying

Please review the Graduate College Admissions website in addition to the departmental application checklist.


✓ Online Application: Apply Now

The admissions committee will only review complete online applications, which will include letters of recommendation and test scores, that are submitted by the admission deadline. Materials that are not submitted online will be disregarded.

✓ Transcripts

Submit scanned PDF versions of transcripts in the online application. Submit scanned transcripts from each college or university previously attended or currently attending. If a grading scheme other that the conventional 0-4 is used by an institution, submit a scanned copy of the key to the transcript to include the grading scheme used by each such institution. If transcripts are in a language other than English, upload both the original and its English translation.

✓ GRE score

Each applicant will need to submit GRE test scores (general test only). These scores must be sent directly to the University by ETS (code for UA is 4832).

Important: UA students should contact the Graduate Program Coordinator regarding the GRE requirement.

✓ English Proficiency score

International applicants must also submit a valid English proficiency score. These scores must be sent directly to the University by ETS (code for UA is 4832).

Note: Exemptions to this requirement.

✓ Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of two confidential letters of recommendation must be submitted online (by the recommender). The letters should be written by academic faculty who can testify to an applicant’s research abilities and potential for success in a graduate program. The online application also requires recommenders' names, institutions, and email addresses. The recommenders will be sent an email with information on how to submit the letter. Recommenders must submit the letters online by the application deadline.

✓ Statement of Purpose

This is an opportunity for each applicant to tell us about themselves and why they would make an excellent addition to the graduate program. The statement of purpose is a one-page personal essay that addresses the following prompts:

  • Why you want to pursue a MS/PhD in computer science.

  • What specific areas of computer science most interest you.

  • Areas in which you have completed research.

  • Areas in which you want to pursue research.

  • Why you are specifically interested in the University of Arizona.

  • What you plan to do once you have completed your degree.

  • Indicate which faculty you are interested in working with, and why.

✓ Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Include the following information:

  • Describe any major research activities or programming projects, outlining the project and the role you played in the project.

  • List of peer-reviewed journal publications or any published papers.

  • List of conference presentations or posters (include the conference date, location, and the name of the presentation).

  • Include any work experience in Computer Science (such as relevant internships, volunteer positions, part-time jobs, full-time jobs, etc.)

Important: It is not possible for the admissions committee to pre-evaluate an applicant. Applicants must submit the entire online application with all supporting documents via the official applications process. The decision to recommend or deny admission is made by the Department of Computer Science. When the recommendation for admission is made, the Graduate College will perform a quality control check on each application after the department has made its recommendation to admit. The formal notification of admission or denial will come from the Graduate College.