Admission to the Department of Computer Science is competitive. Every year the department receive hundreds of applications for admission. Applications will not be considered after the submission deadline and materials should not be emailed or mailed as they will be disregarded. Only completed online applications received by the application deadline will be considered. Click here for the application checklist
Fall: January 15 (available October 15)
Spring: On a limited basis, contact the GPC to determine if applications are being accepted
Fall: January 15 (available October 15)
Spring: Applications are not accepted
The Department of Computer Science does not guarantee funding for any MS student. Funding and graduate assistant opportunities are prioritized for PhD candidates. Limited opportunities for teaching assistants are available and students will be contacted if selected for a position.
Doctoral students are guaranteed funding for the first year. Thereafter, faculty work to secure funding provided students make satisfactory progress toward their degree. Funding opportunities for doctoral applicants include GAANN, IGERT, College of Science and Graduate College Fellowships, and teaching and research assistantships. All fellowships and assistantships are awarded competitive stipends and tuition and registration waivers.
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, taking all aspects of each application into account. 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.
The admission committee reviews 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.
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 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.
Applicants for the Master's program are expected to have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 out of a 4.0 scale. Applicants for the Doctoral program should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5, and an applicant with a Master's degree in a related field is expected to have a 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, 158 quantitative, and 4.5 in analytical writing.
Proof of English proficiency is required for any international applicant born in a country where English is not the official language - http://grad.arizona.edu/tools/intladmissionsreqs. Tests must be dated within 2 years of the enrollment term to be considered valid. Acceptable English Proficiency tests are:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 79 iBT or 550 PBT
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - minimum composite score of 7, with no subject area below a 6
Pearson PTE Academic - minimum score of 60
*Note: We do not consider students for conditional admission.