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Computer Science Admission Requirements of Ranked Universities (Ph.D.)

US News –2006. Ranked in 2002.
This Data was collected in September 2005.

USN Rank 1Carnegie Mellon University – HCII
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements
“the average GRE score (which includes analytical, verbal and quantitative) of those admitted students last year was 2008” The GRE subject test is optional for those applicants to the PhD programs in Computer Science, Computational and Statistical Learning, Computation Organizations and Society, Robotics, and Neural Basis of Cognition. Recommendations for programs are as follows:
Applicants to HCI with an emphasis in human science must take a subject test from the area that best matches their background. (For example, HCI applicants with a psychology background should take the psychology subject test.) HCI applicants with a design emphasis are not required to submit a subject test.The Language and Information Technologies program recommends that applicants submit a subject test.The Software Engineering program highly recommends, but does not require, a subject test.The Computation, Organizations and Society program allows students in the management area to substitute the GMAT scores for the GRE scores.
There is no spring admission.
The doctoral deadline is December 15 for entry in the following fall semester. The recommendations are due by January 3. The application and recommendation deadline for the Masters programs in the Robotics Institute and the Language and Technologies Institute is January 3.
Finance Opportunities
There are no additional financial aid forms.
PhD students will receive financial support (tuition, fees, monthly stipend) from a variety of sources, including CMU research assistantships, outside fellowships, and government grants.
Professor Contact or Research@CMUYou should feel free to contact professors with very specific questions about their research. However, we do request that you not ask to be accepted by a particular faculty member as a student, since under our admissions system individual faculty members do not make admissions decisions

USN Rank 1Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements
We expect an applicant to have earned a Bachelor’s degree by the time he/she registers in EECS, and possess a very strong background in math, physics, computer science, or engineering. Admission is extremely competitive.
Application Deadline
The EECS department accepts applications for September only, and the deadline for applying is December 15.
Financial Opportunities
Most EECS graduate students are supported by RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS or TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS. An application for an assistantship is included in the application package.
Professor Contact or Research@MIT

USN Rank 1 Stanford University – CS
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements
“While there is no minimum requirement for GRE scores, a strong application would include percentiles in the high 90s for the Ph.D. program and scores in the 90th percentile for the MS program”
Application Deadline
No Spring Admission.
Fall deadline December 1Finance Opportunities
The Computer Science Department DOES NOT offer financial support for MS students so you should not plan on attending Stanford if such support is essential to youAll incoming Ph.D. students are supported by teaching and/or research assistantships, but are strongly encouraged to apply for outside fellowships as well
Professor Contact or Research@Stanford

USN Rank 1
University of California –Berkeley
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements
”Most successful applicants last year had GPAs above 3.7 and GRE quantitative scores above 90%. Most successful Computer Science applicants took the GRE Computer Science Subject test and scored above 90%. For Fall 2005 we had 2500 applications for 100 slots.”
Application Deadline
No spring intake.
Fall – December 15. Supporting data, such as transcripts, recommendation letters, and GRE and TOEFL scores, should arrive no later than January 9.
Finance Opportunities
We provide financial support for virtually all of our graduate students for the duration of their studies. During the most recent academic year, approximately one-quarter were supported by fellowships, slightly more than half were supported by research assistantships, and roughly one-quarter were supported by teaching assistantships.
Professor Contact or Research@Berkeley

USN Rank 5
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign – CS
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirement
“The median grade point average (GPA) is 3.6/4.0 and the average general GRE score is 1400/1600 (verbal and quantitative sections) and 5.5/6.0 (analytical writing section) for those recommended for admission.”
Applicants to the Ph.D. program are strongly encouraged to submit a score for the GRE (Subject/Advanced) Computer Science Test.
All applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TSE, regardless of US citizenship or permanent residency, for financial aid consideration. A passing score of 50/60 is required to be awarded a Teaching Assistantship (TA)
Application Deadline
Summer Session or Fall Semester: December 1Spring Semester: September 1Finance Opportunities
Professor Contact or Research@Uiuc

USN Rank 6
Cornell University
M.Eng. and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements for Ph.D.
The department requires that all applicants to the doctoral program take the GRE general test and the GRE subject test. It is preferred that applicants take the GRE subject test in the area of Computer Science, but we will also consider scores in Mathematics or Engineering. If your scores are more than three years old, you should retake the GREs
Application Deadline
Ph.D. Fall -January 1.Spring –October 1
M.Eng. Fall – February 1.Spring – October 1 International students are encouraged to apply early
Finance Opportunities
Most M.Eng. students are self-funded or have obtained their own corporate support. Cornell does not offer any tuition waivers. Applicants who submit a complete application by the above deadlines will be considered for fellowships. Applicants should consider submitting extra letters of recommendation to improve fellowship chances. The Department also awards a few part time (paid) teaching assistantships in which students perform various duties that aid faculty in the teaching of Cornell CS courses. Students are not guaranteed TA positions, nor are they required to work as a TA. If you wish to be considered for a TA position, please indicate so in your application, as well as any pertinent experience you have.
All Ph.D. students in Computer Science are fully supported as long as they remain in good academic standing. Support from Cornell includes tuition and stipend. Support is available in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships.
Professor Contact or Research@Cornell

USN Rank 7
University of Texas, Austin – CS
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements
For the Ph.D. program, the average scores of recent successful applicants have been: GRE: 650 verbal, 790 quantitative, 5.0 analytical. TOEFL: 655 paper/283 computer version. CS Subject Test (AGRE): 820.
For the Masters program, the average scores of recent successful applicants to this program have been: GRE: 615 verbal, 780 quantitative. 5.0 analytical. TOEFL: 644 paper/273 computer version. CS Subject Test (AGRE): 780. The average undergraduate GPA has been 3.76 (on a 4.0 scale).
Admission to the graduate program is very competitive. For example, for fall 2004, 460 students applied to the Ph.D. program and 75 were accepted; 197 students applied to the Masters program and 48 were accepted.
Application Deadline
Applications are accepted for the Fall and Spring semesters only
Fall January 2 and Spring September 1Finance Opportunities
Successful applicants to the Ph.D. program for fall semesters will be considered for doctoral fellowships. The doctoral fellowship provides four years of support, contingent on satisfactory progress. This support consists of a fellowship the first year, followed by a commitment to provide either a teaching assistantship or a research assistantship the second, third and fourth years. Most students find a research supervisor during the second or third year and may be supported as research assistants. However, teaching assistantships are always available for doctoral fellowship students.
Research assistantships normally are appointed on a semester basis. Research assistantships are under the purview of the individual professors and are generally made after the student has been enrolled for at least 1-2 semesters.
Teaching Assistantships Appointments to teaching assistantships are normally for 2 semesters: September-May. Offers of teaching assistantships are generally made at the time of admission by the admissions committee. New International TAs must satisfy an oral English Assessment conducted by the University. The Test of Spoken English cannot substitute for this assessment.
Professor Contact or Research@Utexas

USN Rank 7
University of Washington – CS
Degrees offered
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements”The average GPA for the incoming students in Autumn 2003 was 3.68. The average GRE scores for incoming students in Autumn 2002 were: Verbal (including foreign students): 641 (85%), Quantitative: 776 (88%). The average Subject Test score in Computer Science for Autumn 2003 incoming students was 797 (76%).”
We offer admission to between 10% and 15% of those who apply to our full-time graduate program.
All International students must submit TOEFL and TSE scores.
Application Deadline
No Spring Admission Deadline to apply for admission each
Autumn Quarter is December 15 for U.S. applicants.
For international applications it is November 1.
All applications materials must be received by this date. Finance Opportunities
All students who are admitted to our program are awarded an assistantship (teaching or research). Under the assistantship, in exchange for 20 hours of work per week, the student receives: Tuition waiver (except for $140.00 per quarter in fees, which the student pays) Monthly stipend of approximately $1800.00Health Insurance (100% of premium for student, 50% of premium for dependents)Currently, this funding is guaranteed for 3 years. Funding after the initial 3 years is available, and is contingent on satisfactory academic progress and availability of funds.
Professor Contact or Research@Washington

USN Rank 9
Princeton University – CS
Degrees offered
M.Eng. and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements
We strongly recommend that the GRE subject test be taken if possible. The test should be taken in the field of your undergraduate major. If no subject GRE is given in your field, you will not be expected to submit a score.
Application DeadlineAdmission to Princeton is for the fall semester onlyDecember 1, 2005 for applicants living outside North America; and December 31, 2005 for applicants within North America. All materials should reach the University by the deadline dates.
Finance Opportunities
We do not provide any financial aid for students enrolling in the Master of Engineering program.Financial support for Ph.D. candidates consists of University and corporate fellowships, Assistantships in Research (ARs) and in Teaching (AIs).
Professor Contact or Research@Princeton

USN Rank 10
California Institute of Technologyhttp://www.cs.caltech.edu/contact.html
Degrees offered
Students are admitted only with the Ph.D. as the degree objective
GRE and other admission requirements
GRE scores are required, with a subject test of the student’s choice strongly recommended
Application DeadlineApplications are accepted once a year. The deadline is January 1st.
Finance Opportunities
In general, students offered admission to graduate study at Caltech are simultaneously offered a package of financial support that pays all tuition charges and provides them with a stipend. Financial support for graduate students comes in the form of fellowships, research assistantships, teaching assistantship, or some combination of fellowship and assistantship supportProfessor Contact or Research@Caltech

USN Rank 10
University of Wisconsin, Madison – CS
Degrees offered
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements
“most of the students we admit are in the 85th percentile or higher on each of the sections of the GRE General Test (Analytical Writing, Quantitative, and Verbal), and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).”
We require the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing tests. We do not require a Subject test
Application DeadlineApplications for graduate study in the Department, whether for an M.S. or Ph.D. degree, are evaluated only once per year, for admission starting in the Fall semester each year.
December 31 is Fall application deadline.
Finance Opportunities
Approximately 200 students are enrolled in our graduate program. Approximately 90% of these students are financially supported within the Department as either Fellows, Research Assistants, or Teaching Assistants
Professor Contact or Research@Wisc

USN Rank 12
Georgia Institute of Technology – CC
Degrees offered
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements”Accepted applicant scores have averaged 80% on the quantitative and analytical sections for the M.S. program. The desirable minimum GPA is 3.0/4.0. ”
The CS GRE test is required for all applications to graduate programs in the College of Computing unless the specific program rules list exceptionsApplication Deadline
Admittance Terms – Fall only.Application DeadlinesMSCS: March 1 Ph.D.: December 15
Finance Opportunities
The College is unable to offer financial aid to all graduate students. A small number of Master’s students do have the chance to act as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs). Professor Contact or Research@Gatech

USN Rank 12
University of Maryland – College Park – CS
Degrees offered
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements”The minimum acceptable score for the General GRE is 1850 for international students and 1950 for U.S. students.”
Undergraduate grade point averages are generally 3.5/4.0 or above.
Both GPA and GRE scores of students admitted in recent years have been much higher than the minimum required.
Application Deadline
Deadline for applications and all supporting material due at Graduate School and Computer Science Department December 15. Spring admissions only for University of Maryland students.
Finance Opportunities
Both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered, and almost all full-time students receive financial aid in the form of assistantships, fellowships, and grantsProfessor Contact or Research@Umd

USN Rank 14
Brown University
Degrees offered
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements
“The GPA is not the only criterion. Grades in computer science and related disciplines (e.g., math) count more than grades in other areas. Also, we take into account the fact that at some very competitive schools it is very difficult to achieve a high GPA.While we do not require General and Subject GRE test scores, however the tests provide an additional objective form of evaluation that is often helpful in determining an applicant’s abilities.
Recommendation letters must give a detailed, factual, and candid evaluation of the applicant’s capabilities. Rankings and comparisons with other students are very useful. Ask your recommender to follow these guidelines.
Research experience, although not required, can boost your chances of admission considerably. If you have worked on a research project, please tell us about it and ask at least one of your recommenders to comment on it. If your work is part of a joint project, the recommender should indicate your specific contribution to the project. Include abstracts or reprints of any papers you have published in journals or presented at conferences.
Application Deadline
To maximize flexibility, we have a rolling deadline. This means we accept students until we have filled the available slots. We will begin reviewing applications in the middle of January and stop on July 15. Because the number of spaces is small
Finance Opportunities
We do not offer funding to ScM students. You will need to apply to external sources of supportWe admit all PhD students (including international students) with financial support.
Professor Contact or Research@Brown

USN Rank 14
University of California-Los Angeles
Degrees offered
Masters and Ph.D
GRE and other admission requirements”We expect at least a 3.3 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) in the junior and senior years, and at least 3.5 in any graduate study. These averages are considered the minimum requirements; the actual standard for admission is set by the current pool of applicants, and is generally much higher—GRE scores on the General (Aptitude) test are required for admission to both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs.”
Application Deadline
Fall only. Deadline – December 15th
Finance Opportunities
Support based on merit is available in the form of fellowships, traineeships, teaching assistantships, and graduate student researcher positions. These awards are open to all students–U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international students–who have demonstrated high academic achievement.
Professor Contact or Research@ucla

USN Rank 14
University of Michigan- Ann Arbor – CSE
Degrees offered
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirementsA GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 for the undergraduate degree. A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General total score of at least 2000 (out of a possible 2400); new test scoring of at least 1300 and 4.5 (analytical).
Application Deadline
We admit students for the Fall Term only.
Applications received and complete with all supporting documents from international students by December 15 and domestic students by January 5 will be considered for departmental financial assistance.
Applications received and complete with all supporting documents from both international and domestic students by March 1 will be considered for admission only.
Finance Opportunities
We have a very strong applicant pool and normally students who receive funding have very high GPAs and strong GRE scores. We prefer applicants with at least a 3.7 GPA and GREs over 2000. However, we do not make a decision based purely on numbers but do evaluate each student on individual merit. Careful attention is paid to student background, experiences, statement of purpose and letters or recommendation in reaching funding decisions.
Professor Contact or Research@umich

USN Rank 17
Rice University – CS
Degrees offered
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements”Typical GRE scores for admitted applicants are in the 90-99th percentile on the quantitative and analytical portions of the GRE for those applying to the Ph.D. program and in the 80-89th percentile for the MCS program. CGPA scores range from 3.5-4.0 based on a 4.0 scale… The minimum score required on the general GRE is 70 percent in the analytical and quantitative sections. However, this is a minimum requirement, and applicants who are offered admission generally have much higher scores.”Although the Test of Spoken English (TSE) is not required of non-native English speakers, it is strongly recommended. Special consideration is given to applicants providing this scoreApplication Deadline
Program DeadlinesPh.D. Program Early Application December 1.Regular Application December 15.MCS ProgramRegular Application February 3. Spring Application October 15
Spring admissions into this program are not guaranteed.
Finance Opportunities
All doctoral students at Rice are fully supported by graduate fellowships or research assistantships. Students who gain external support receive an additional internal supplement.Professor Contact or Research@rice

USN Rank 17
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – CS
Degrees offered
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements
“High scores on all three parts of the General Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination are also recommended: a minimum of 80th percentile on the verbal section, 90th percentile on the quantitative section, and 90th percentile on the analytical section or a minimum of 5 on the analytical writing section… The median credentials for the 35 first-year students who began our program in fall 2003: are Quantitative GRE: 90th percentile, Verbal GRE: 83rd percentile, (86th with non-native speakers excluded), Analytical GRE: 90th percentile, GPA (undergraduate): 3.6/4.0”
Application Deadline
Applications for fall admission, complete with a personal statement, all transcripts, and recommendations, should be received by the Graduate School no later than January 1. To ensure meeting that deadline, applicants are encouraged to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) no later than December 1. Early submission of applications is encouraged. International applicants should consider completing their applications earlier to allow time for processing financial and visa documents.
Finance Opportunities
Most of our students are supported by assistantships and fellowships. Applicants for assistantships are automatically considered for all available fellowships.
Full-time summer employment on a research project is normally available to students who would like to receive support
Professor Contact or Research@unc

USN Rank 17
University of Pennsylvania – CIS
Degrees offered
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements
“Fall 2004 MSE admissions statistics … Candidates admitted to the MSE program: Average GRE: V 560 / Q 770 / A 720 / AW 5.0”
Application Deadline
There is no Spring Admission
Deadline for Ph.D. students – December 15.
For domestic students applying to the MSE & MCIT programs – June 1For candidates overseas applying to the MSE & MCIT programs – May 1
For all domestic and foreign students applying to the CGGT program – July 1
Finance Opportunities
Departmental financial aid is available only for doctoral students; generally, funded doctoral students receive payment of tuition and fees, a stipend for living expenses, and payment of University of Pennsylvania Student Health Insurance. There is no departmental funding available for MSE, MCIT, or CGGT students. There are no RA positions available in the department; only research fellow positions for doctoral students. Teaching assistant duties are generally met by doctoral students participating in a Teaching Practicum.
Professor Contact or Research@upenn

USN Rank 20
Columbia University – CS
Degrees offered
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements” GPA of at least 3.3 is required. Most successful applicants have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Most students admitted have earned scores in excess of 650 for the Analytical and Quantitative parts.”
For Ph.D.-As a reference, however, the average GRE scores for the entering class of Fall 2003 were Verbal: 598, Quantitative: 774, and Analytical: 748, while the average TOEFL score was 277.
GRE Computer Science Subject Test is not required but taking it may strengthen your application. We advise that you take the test where it is available.
Application DeadlineMasters- October 1 for Spring admission & March 15 for Fall admission.
Ph.D. October 15 for spring admissions and January 15 for fall admissions.
Finance Opportunities
The department offers both Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) and Teaching Assistantships (TA). All applicants who indicate in the online application that they would like to apply for financial aid will automatically be considered for all these types of funding. It is not necessary to do anything else in order to apply for this funding.Professor Contact or Research@columbia

USN Rank 20
Duke Universityhttp://www.cs.duke.edu/
Degrees offered
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements
Application DeadlineFall entry (all applications) Postmark of December 31Spring entry (M.S. only) November 1
Finance Opportunities
Professor Contact or Research@duke

USN Rank 20
Harvard University
Degrees offered
Masters and PH.D.
GRE and other admission requirementsAverage Undergraduate GPA 3.7Average GRE Verbal Score 583Average GRE Quantitative Score 783Average GRE Analytical Score 785
Application DeadlineFull time students begin graduate study in the fall term.
Our application deadlines for fulltime students entering in September 2006 are:
Preferred: December 15Final: January 2
Finance Opportunities
All students admitted to the Ph.D. program in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences receive full financial support. This includes tuition, fees, and a cost-of living stipend ($2,150 per month before taxes in 2005-06). Support is independent of need provided a student remains in good academic standing and is making satisfactory progress towards his/her Ph.D. degree.
There is no financial support available to students in our master’s programs. Applicants to our master’s programs should complete the Statement of Financial Resources for Graduate Study as part of their application.
Professor Contact or Research@harvard

Rank 20
Purdue University – West Lafayette
Degrees offered
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements
”Most of the successful applicants had GPAs above 3.7 on a 4.0 scale. We also take research exposure and the quality of the institution into consideration.
GRE scores are not required but recommended. For Fall 2005 we had over 620 applications for 37 slots.
Application Deadline
The application deadline for fall admission is 15 December
Finance Opportunities
We try to provide financial support for almost all of our graduate students for the duration of their studies. Of the incoming class for 2005, approximately 29% are supported by fellowships, 13% are supported by research assistantships, 48% are supported by teaching assistantships
If admitted, you will automatically be considered for financial support in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships
Professor Contact or Research@purdue

USN Rank 20
University of California-San Diego
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission Requirements
The evaluation process for applications is extremely complex, taking into account all the materials submitted with the application. Grade point average (GPA), GRE scores, GRE subject test (optional, but recommended), TOEFL (for international students), letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose all play a role. First, the UCSD Graduate Admissions Office evaluates each application to determine whether or not their minimum standards for admission have been met. Then the CSE Department does a more thorough evaluation in a committee consisting of several faculty. Sometimes the committee must draw on the experience of the faculty at-large to make an informed decision.
Our department receives around 1,300 applications annually, and offers admission to fewer than 10%.
The university requires that domestic graduate applicants have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (International applicants do NOT have a minimum-GPA requirement.)
CSE Admissions Committee examines every component of the application and supplemental materials when considering an applicant for admission. (Standardized test scores and grade point averages (GPA) are an integral part of the evaluation process, but admissions decisions are NOT made based on these components alone.)
The 2006 deadline is January 5 for admission the following fall.
The preferred application deadline for fall 2006 admission to the Ph.D. program is December 1, 2005. The deadline for receiving supporting documents is January 20.
Financial OpportunitiesGenerally all of our PhD students are offered support for at least the first year, and can expect to have support through their degree if they continue to make adequate progress. Financial Support comes in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships (TA), or research assistantships (RA). Assistantships are 20-hour/week positions that pay a stipend, tuition and fees, and health insurance. Typically a PhD student will have a fellowship the first year and then be offered a research assistantship in subsequent years by their advisor.
Masters students may also be offered a teaching assistantship upon admission to the program. Research assistantships may also be forthcoming once faculty members become more familiar with a student’s work, but the individual student is responsible for pursuing these positions.
Many of our Masters students choose to work in local industry (or already do). San Diego is one of the fastest growing high technology areas in the country, and has been named the “Wireless Capital of the World,” and the “#1 place to do business in America,” by Forbes magazine.
Professor Contact or Research@ucsd

USN Rank 25
University of Massachusetts, Amherst – CS”Average test scores of students who have been accepted are: Verbal: 84th percentile, Quantitative: 93rd percentile, Analytical: 93rd percentile, Analytical Writing Measure score: 4.93″ USN Rank 25Yale University – CS”Most students we admit are above the 90th percentile in quantitative, analytical and verbal scores.”
Special Admissions Requirements GRE General and Subject Test required; strong preparation in mathematics, engineering, or science; competence in programming.
Ph.D. Admissions Data – Fall 2004 Entering ClassNumber of applicants187Number of students enrolled15

USN Rank 27
University of Southern California
When the PhD admissions committee reads your application, they are primarily interested in your research potential.
Your potential for research will be assessed using a combination of 1. your past research accomplishments (if any), 2. grades (including the reputation of your school and department), 3. the contents of your recommendation letters, 4. your statement of purpose and 5. your GRE scores. In addition, if there is something special in your application that makes you stand out, it will also be considered. Note that there is no fixed formula which combines these factors into a score.
The typical successful applicant to our program (if there is such a person!) has done some research already (as an undergraduate, or a MS student). Often this research has appeared in print as a paper in the proceedings of a conference or a journal. Successful applicants also typically have GRE analytical and quantitative scores around the 95th percentile, and are in the top 10% of their graduating class with GPAs well above 3.5/4.0
The application deadline for admission to Ph.D. program is January 15, 2005
Masters Application Deadline: Application deadline for admission in Spring 2005 is Oct 01, 2004. Application deadline for admission in Fall 2005 is June 15, 2005.
USN Rank 27University of Virginia – CS”nominal minimum GPA for a successful applicant is about 3.2 (out of 4.0). Nominal scores for successful applicants … 750 for the quantitative part and 550 for the verbal”
USN Rank 29Johns Hopkins UniversityFirst we look at the school. For better or for worse, it makes a large difference whether you are from a top school or a second-tier school. Your grades are also important, primarily your grades in CS courses during the last two years of undergraduate study.
The PhD deadline for
Fall is January 15th
Spring is October 15th The MSE deadline Fall – June 1st for US citizens and March 1st for international applicants

USN Rank 29
New York University – CS
“Successful applicants to the MS program in Computer Science will generally have the following minimum qualifications: Strong GRE Quantitative and Analytical scores. (Typical acceptable scores are near 700 for each section.) Or 4.0 or better on the new Analytical Writing section. …”
MSCS Spring December1st; Summer April15th; Fall June1st
MSIS Spring November1st; Summer March 1st; Fall March 1st PhD Fall January 4th
USN Rank 29Rutgers University – CS”mean GPA … 3.62. A high score on all the GRE examinations required … mean GRE scores for a recent entering class of students were: Verbal 580, Quantitative 782″

USN Rank 29
Suny -Stony Brook
To be considered for admission, you must be a high achiever in the undergraduate program and have high grade-point average (GPA).
We do not have a priori lower limit for GRE scores — it is decided on a year by year basis. However, it is typically very high, as our admission process is very competitive
Subject GREs are not required, but are strongly encouraged for Ph.D. applicants.USN Rank 29University of California – Irvine
Fill out an online application accepted from October 1 to January 15. ICS only accepts applications for the Fall quarter.

USN Rank 29
University of Utah
Neither of the graduate programs (M.S. or Ph.D) is an entry-level degree
A minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate work is required. Most students accepted into the graduate program have GPAs well above that level.
Applicants who demonstrate greater depth of knowledge through GRE Subject exam will be given favorable consideration. The School of Computing prefers the GRE Computer Science Subject exam, but will consider GRE Subject exams in other technical specialties.
We are looking for applicants with strong academic backgrounds who have demonstrated a potential to perform creative and innovative research in the research areas represented by the School of Computing

USN Rank 35
Ohio State University – CSE
“GPA 3.0+, Verbal+ Quantitative+ Analytical>=1900 (old format) or Verbal: 500, Quantitative: 700 and Analytical: 4 (new format).” USN Rank 35Penn State University- University Park
Students with a minimum 3.0 junior/senior grade-point average and appropriate course backgrounds will be considered for admission
Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department
How to apply
Preliminary application required for Intl. Students
Applicants for fall admission who wish to be considered for financial aid should have completed applications on file before February 1. Applicants who want to be considered for a fellowship must file all materials before January 1. Assistantship applications are provided by the department; you can download the postscript version, or the PDF file, or the PDF fill in and print form, or request a copy by sending email to vicki@cse.psu.edu.
All applicants should hold a baccalaureate degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely aligned field. Applicants must submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Aptitude Test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical). A subject test in the GRE is not required, but the subject test in computer science is recommended. For score reporting our institution code is 2660, and our department code is 0402. FOR SPRING 2007 : AUGUST 31. LAST DATE FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS TO SUBMIT COMPLETE APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR ADMISSION (WITHOUT ASSISTANTSHIP)

USN Rank 35
University of Arizona – CS
“Ordinarily, an applicant for the Master’s program is expected to have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 out of 4.0 and scores above the 50th percentile (verbal), and the 85th percentile (quantitative), and the 75th percentile (analytical) on the GRE General Test.”USN Rank 35University of Chicago – CS”What are the typical GRE scores for incoming students? Our students’ scores in the Quantitative and Analytical sections of the GRE are in the top-25% percentile” USN Rank 35University of Colorado – Boulder
Applicants should have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0). However, acceptance is not solely based on GPA. We look at the entire application to evaluate the candidate. For the Masters degree, the General GRE is only required if your GPA is lower than a 3.0. If you come from a lesser known university, it is recommended that you submit General GRE scores. The General GRE is required for all PhD applicants, but there is no set limit for a minimum score. We encourage you to do your best. If you would like to be considered for financial aid, then it is required that you take the General GRE.
For international students applying to both the ME/MS and PhD programs, the deadline for Fall admission is December 1 and for Spring admission is September 1.
Domestic: Applications for the MS or ME programs should be received by February 28 for Fall admission and by October 15 for Spring admission

USN Rank 35
University of Minnesota -Twin Cities
The Computer Science Graduate Program admits students for the Fall term only of each year. The Application Deadlines are as follows: December 15: PhD in Computer Science (to be considered for Fellowships, Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships) January 15: PhD and MS in Computer Science (to be considered for additional Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships)April 1: Admission without financial assistantships (All MCS students are ineligible for departmental support.)
If your GPA is below 2.8, your chance of getting accepted is very small. If your GPA is below 3.25 but above 2.8, you have a small chance of admission but you must have a very strong record from your supporting material such as letters of recommendation, significant career achievements, unusual circumstances and GRE scores. If your poor GPA was years ago, we would expect to see more recent successful Computer Science course work. Therefore, we will review your transcript to judge if you have demonstrated the ability to achieve at least the minimum GPA for the degree for which you are applying (3.25 out of 4 for the MS degree and 3.45 out of 4 for the Ph.D. and 3.0 out of 4.0 for the MCS degree). In addition to reviewing your transcript, we consider academic institutions you have attended

USN Rank 35
Washington University – St. Louis

USN Rank 42
Indiana University – Bloomington

USN Rank 42
Northwestern University – CS
“Statistics: Incoming 2002-2003 Graduates: GRE Q 731, GRE A 773, GRE V 567, GRE W 5.1, Undergrad GPA 3.58 “USN Rank 42University of California – DavisUniversity of California, Davis – CS”GRE for Fall 2003 admits … Averages: Verbal 596, Quantitative 753, Analytical 724, Written Analytical 5.0″

USN Rank 42
University of Rochester – CS”(V+Q+A) GRE score over 2100”

USN Rank 42
Virginia Tech
Degrees offered
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements
Factors affecting the admissions process: Our primary admissions criterion is our expectation regarding the applicant’s ability to have a productive career as a research-track graduate student. We base this assessment on the academic record (amount of Computer Science background, where previous degrees were obtained, class rank and grade point average, and scores on standard exams such as the GRE and TOEFL), proficiency in English speaking and writing, letters of recommendation, and prior research or work experience. We do not declare any official ‘minimum’ GRE scores; performance on the GRE is just one factor taken into account.
For Spring Semester 2004 applicants to Blacksburg Campus, we processed 76 applications, admitted 16, and 9 new students came. For Fall 2004, we processed 588 applications, admitted 147
Fall Semester: January 15
Spring Semester: October 15
Due to the high volume of applications received, it is strongly recommended that you apply well in advance. This is particularly true for international applicants and any applicant who desires financial assistance.
Finance Opportunities
When making decisions on offers of Graduate Teaching Assistantships, we do not take financial need or ability of students to support themselves into account. However, international students who are not given a Graduate Teaching Assistantship will not normally be offered admission unless they have completed a financial certification form indicating sufficient resources available to complete their degree requirements.
MS Coursework-only students will normally be given assistantships if funding is available after all qualified Thesis and PhD students have been funded.
Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA): We typically award about 50 of these each semester. Usually one-quarter to one-third are offered to new students. In 2002/03, stipends were approximately $1500/month for nine months. Students on assistantships are exempt from tuition. Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA): Many faculty have active research programs that include funds for research assistants. Our current active grants total approximately $5 million, and we typically fund 20-30 GRAs. Note that GRAs are almost never awarded to students who have not been in the Department for at least one semester. GRAs receive the same stipends and tuition exemption as the teaching assistants. Computer Science Scholars: a limited number of exceptional applicants are admitted as CS Scholars, which guarantees them multiple years of support. Cunningham Fellowships: We currently award three Cunningham Fellowships, which provide (in addition to a GTA position and tuition) support at the GRA level during the summer months for research work. These are only available to US citizens and permanent residents. Minority Scholarships: Virginia Tech provides a number of scholarships for minority students who are US citizens. Contact the CS Department at gradprog@cs.vt.edu for further information about applying to these programs. Other departments and local companies: Our graduate students are in demand to fill positions in other departments doing software development and system administration. There are also a number of software development companies in the Corporate Research Center (CRC) who have a history of hiring our students.
Professor Contact or Research@Vtech

USN Rank 47
Dartmouth College
Degrees offered GRE and other admission requirements
Finance Opportunities
Professor Contact

USN Rank 47
University of Florida – CISE
Degrees offered GRE and other admission requirements
“minimum: GRE: 1100 (math and verbal, with math>600, verbal>400). The averages are: 560 verbal, 760 quantitative, 680 analytical, and 1320 total (verbal + quant)”
Finance Opportunities
Professor Contact

USN Rank 49
Michigan State University – CSE
Degrees offered GRE and other admission requirements “GPA at least 3.2 … Applicants should have a total (verbal, quantitative, analytical) score of at least 2000. For the ‘new’ GRE, the total of Verbal and Quantitative scores should be at least 1360, and the Analytical Writing score should be at least 4.5. The scores mentioned above are generally considered as minimum requirements, and they do not guarantee admission if met.”
Finance Opportunities
Professor Contact

USN Rank 49
North Carolina State University – CS
Degrees offered GRE and other admission requirements “Guideline scores are: Verbal Reasoning 65%, Quantitative Reasoning 85%, Analytical Writing 70%. In recent years, admission has become more competitive. For international students, the average percentile for the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing parts have exceeded 70% for most students gaining admission. GPA of 3.2 or better”
Finance Opportunities
Professor ContactUSN

Rank 49
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – CS
“The average GRE scores of admitted applicants for Fall 2003 were Verbal 562, Quantitative 756, and Analytical 724. However, applicants should not place too much importance on these numbers”

USN Rank 49
Texas A&M – College Station

USN Rank 49
University of California – Santa Barbara

USN Rank 49
University of Pittsburg

USN Rank 55
Arizona State University – CSE”The minimum scores we accept for the GRE is 1750: 400 Verbal, 700 Quantitative, and 650 Analytical.”

USN Rank 55
Suny – Buffalo

USN Rank 55
Syracuse University

USN Rank 55
University of California – Santa Cruz

USN Rank 55
University of Illinois, Chicago – CS”a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and a total score of 1200 or above on the GRE General Exam is acceptable (500+ on verbal, 700+ on quantitative, and 4.5+/6.0 on analytical).”

USN Rank 60
Boston University

USN Rank 60

Iowa State University – CS”3.30 out of a possible 4.00. And ranking in top quartile of the graduating class. Successful candidates place in the 90th percentile in quantitative and analytical sections when percentiles are reported by ETS.”

USN Rank 60
Oregon Health and Sciences University – OGI CSE “Desirable GPA is 3.5/4.0. Recently admitted master’s students have averaged 82nd percentile on the quantitative section and 70th percentile on the analytical. Students not taking the TOEFL averaged 79th percentile on the Verbal section”

USN Rank 60
University of Delaware – CIS”Minimum scores of 550, 600 and 3.5 on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections, respectively, of the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test.”

USN Rank 60
University of Iowa
“A minimum 3.00 undergraduate grade point average… strong GRE scores typically average >= 1800 (V+Q+130*W, where V=verbal, Q=quantitative, and W=analytic writing); ”

USN Rank 60
University of Oregon – CS”Acceptable GRE score on the general test. Minimum scores which are considered to be favorable are a verbal score of 500 or better and quantitative score of 650 or better and an analytical score of at least 4.5. ”

USN Rank 60
Vanderbilt University

USN Rank 67
Case Western Reserve University – EECS”The combined GRE score for the analytical, verbal and quantitative exams should be over 1700. Students not fitting within the guidelines but demonstrating they would be excellent students may also be admitted.”

USN Rank 67
Northeastern University

USN Rank 67
Oregon State University – EECS”minimum … GPA 3.00 … GRE … The minimum requirement is a combined score of 1200 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections … EECS does not have the capacity to accommodate all applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements”

USN Rank 67
University of Tennessee, Knoxville – CS
Degrees offered
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements
GPA:International applicants with a degree from a US school need a minimum GPA of 2.7. Students with degrees outside the US must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
We can request an exception to this rule, but for us to do so, an applicant will need strong compensating evidence of ability–such as high GRE scores.
GREs: We require the general GRE test for regular admission and almost never waive this requirement. However, we do not require up-to-date GREs and occasionally use GREs that were taken 10 to 20 years ago. In the MS program, we currently average about 2000 on the verbal + quantitative + analytical total for those we admit. In the Ph.D. program, we tend to expect a GRE verbal score of 600 or greater, a quantitative score of 700 or greater (750 or greater for international applicants), and an analytical score of 5.0 or greater.
We do admit people directly into the PhD program from bachelors’ degrees; such students must also complete the MS coursework, and must in their applications show strong evidence of ability to complete a PhD.Deadline
We have rolling admissions, with no fixed quotas on the number of students admitted. We do admit students for Spring Semester in January: (perhaps 25-30% of our students enter at this time and a number of GTA positions are usually available then).
International / Domestic Students – MS Program or Ph.D.Fall Admission & Assistantship Feb 1
Spring Admission & Assistantship June 15
Finance OpportunitiesResearch AssistantshipsThese are usually awarded by faculty who have grant money to students who have taken courses from them. The Computer Science Department does not choose/hire GRAs, but rather the individual faculty decide on who they want, and consequently funds do not often go to incoming graduate students. Teaching AssistantshipsWe like to receive applications by March 1st for Fall Semester, but we are receptive to applications from good US students after that time (international students, due to visa and other requirements, do not have the luxury of late applications for GTA positions). We strive for flexibility, and while the bulk of the GTA offers are made in March, we usually continue to make offers while positions are still available throughout the spring and summer. Positions are competitive; we only support students pursuing CS degrees. We currently expect GTAs to be able to teach labs that use the C programming language and the UNIX operating system; a lack of C and UNIX skills may adversely affect an applicant’s chances of obtaining a GTA position. System and Network AdministratorWe have a sizable support staff of people managing our labs and handling the UNIX system administration and other matters. We usually have four to six graduate assistants doing sysadmin work. Students who have good UNIX sysadmin/network admin skills can inquire about the availability of such GA positions. Interviews are usually necessary for these positions. The Division of Information Infrastructure (DII), formerly called the University of Tennessee Computing Center, has a variety of systems and network groups, many of which have some GA positions. Obtaining a position with DII requires interviews and cannot be done remotely. Students interested in CS System and Network Administration and DII positions can contact Dr. David Straight: straight@cs.utk.edu
Professor Contact or Research @utkhttp://www.cs.utk.edu/~jgregor/GradComm-info.

Some other popular Universities

Auburn University – CSSE
“In general, only students who have at least a 3.0/4.0 undergraduate grade point average will be considered for graduate admission. All applicants must submit a satisfactory score for the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) before being considered.”

Brigham Young University – CS
“realistic minimums are: GPA of at least 3.3 (last 60 hours). Above the 50th percentile on all three sections of the GRE. At least a score of 4.0 on the new Writing section of the GRE. Actual averages of students admitted to the MS program for the Fall 2004 Semester: GRE percentiles: 69% (V), 82% (Q), 4.57 (Writing Score) GPA: 3.69 ”

College of William and Mary – CS
“Historically, the average scores for incoming (fall) students over several years has been … Verbal 518-541, Quantitative 684-749, Analytical 643-695, Average GPA: 3.29-3.4”

Florida State University – CS
“All students admitted to the program significantly exceed these criteria in at least some areas. The minimum GRE score required for admission to the Department of Computer Science is 1100 (Verbal and Quantitative combined) with a minimum of 650 on the Quantitative. ”

Illinois Institute of Technology – CS
“overall GPA of 3.0/4.0. For the old, pre-October 2002 GRE exam, the minimum required combined general GRE scores (verbal + analytical + quantitative scores) is 1200. For the new exam, the requirements are 900 (verbal + quantitative scores) and 2.5 (analytical writing) … satisfying the minimum requirements for admission does not automatically imply admission”

Kansas State University
“For M.S. and Ph.D. applicants; minimum GRE scores of 400/700 Verbal, 650/700 Quantitative, and 4.0/4.5 Analytical Writing”

Lehigh University – CSE
“We prefer students with at least a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, in their major and overall. The average score for successful applicants has been over 2000 in the old GREs (with three parts). We will prefer high scores (over 4.0) on the new written component.”

Michigan Technological University – CS
“Minimum scores of 75% quantitative, 75% analytical and 50% verbal are required”

New Jersey Institute of Technology – CS
“3.0 GPA. If an applicant has less than 350 in the Verbal test, the application will be rejected. If an applicant has less than 650 in the quantitative test, the application will be rejected. If an applicant has less than 4.0 in the analytical writing test, the application will be rejected. Other than that, the higher the overall score is the better.

“New Mexico State University – CS
“For success in graduate-level Computer Science, a Verbal score in the high 400’s is OK but not good, and 500’s are better (native English speakers should score MUCH higher); the Quantitative and Analytical scores ought to be at least mid-high 600’s, with 700’s being better. ”

Ohio University – CS
“most successful applicants score in the top 25th percentile on the quantitative and analytical writing portions. ”

Temple University – CIS
“An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 system or 3.0 during the last two years. The GRE examination is required. A minimum score of 1000 (verbal plus quantitative) and a minimum 25th percentile verbal score is expected”

University of Alabama, Birmingham – CIS
“1100 or better on the quantitative plus verbal (Q+V) Graduate Record Examination … grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale), overall or for the last 60 hours (preferably higher in computer science courses)”

University of Alabama, Huntsville – CS
“A combined score of at least 1500 is required on the GRE basic test.”

University of Arkansas – CSCE
“On the other hand, we usually don’t admit into our graduate studies program if any of the scores are below the 60th percentile. If the Verbal test score is below the 60th percentile, but the other test scores are above that mark, then we might admit …”

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs – SWE
“An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0; awarded within the past five years) or minimum 1800 GRE (verbal + quantitative + analytic)”

University of Connecticut – CSE
“minimum scores for admission into the Master’s program is 500 for the verbal, 750 (or 85th percentile) for the quantitative and 4 for the written”

University of Houston – CS
“Applicants with an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0) are encouraged to apply. Average scores of successful applicants to this program for Fall 2004: GRE: 534 verbal, 755 quantitative.”

University of Idaho – CS
“an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. 1200 cumulative for verbal and quantitative and 4.5 for analytical”

University of Kansas – EECS
“Successful applicants to our graduate programs have strong undergraduate grades (above 3.0 / 4.0 USA, 70% India, or 80% China) and GRE scores above 1900 (500 verbal, 700 quantitative, 700 analytical).”

University of Memphis – CS
“It is recommended that applicants have a verbal score of at least 400 and a quantitative score of at least 400 on the GRE. Applicants with lower test scores may be considered in exceptional cases. minimum GPA of 2.5”

University of Missouri, Columbia – CS
“A GPA of at least 3.0 (A= 4.0) for the last half of the undergraduate curriculum. The minimum acceptable scores are the 25th percentile on the verbal (GRE-V) part, the 80th percentile on the quantitative (GRE-Q) part, and 4 on the analytical writing part.”

University of Missouri, Rolla – CS
“A minimum GRE verbal score of 370. A minimum combined GRE quantitative and analytic score of 1200 or GRE Quantitative >=600 and AW score >=3.5. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 or better over the last 2 years.”

University of New Mexico – CS
“The department has established criteria for the GRE scores of 570 (verbal-native English speakers), 670 (quantitative) and 620 (analytical). These are not hard and fast cutoffs …”

University of North Texas – CS
“GPA 3.00 in prior work, Verbal – 400, Quantitative – 700, Analytical 600, Analytical Writing 4.0”

University of Notre Dame – CSE
“It is our experience that students with a GRE total exceeding 2000, in the upper 10% of their class … will do the best”

University of South Carolina – CSE
“at least a 3.00 GPA. The average GRE scores of the accepted applicants for Fall 2002 were: Verbal 539, Quantitative 720 and Analytical 668”

University of South Florida – CSE
“A minimum total score of 1200 in the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (must make at least 500 verbal,) and a minimum grade point average of 3.3 out of 4.0 for all course work completed during the last two years”

University of Texas, Arlington – CSE
“An overall GPA of 3.0. A GPA of 3.2 or higher on CS/CSE related course work in the last two years. A sum of verbal and quantitative GRE scores of at least 1150 for MS. GRE quantitative 700 and GRE verbal 400.”

University of Texas, Dallas – CS
“Minimum requirements are: GPA of at least 3.0 (last 60 hours). GPA in quantitative courses of at least 3.3. GRE scores of at least 1200 (verbal + quantitative) or 1800 (verbal + quantitative + analytical) is advisable”

University of Toledo – EECS
“GRE Verbal score of 500, Quantitative score of 700 and Analytical writing score of 4.5. For students from the old GRE system, the cut-off score is 1800”

University of Wyoming – CS
“A minimum combined score (verbal and quantitative) of 900 for master’s applicants and 1000 for doctoral applicants is required. To be considered for admission to graduate study in the department, applicants must achieve a high score on the quantitative portion of the general examination, in addition to meeting the combined score requirements.”

Wayne State University – CS
“at least – verbal 450, quantitative 750, analytical writing 4.5 (Old exam format requirement is analytical score of 650)”


Simon Fraser University – CS
“For M.Sc. and Ph.D. applicants, the minimum GRE requirement is Verbal 560, Quantitative 740, and Analytical 700. ”

University of Saskatchewan – CS
“What is the Department’s minimum GRE requirement? The minimum overall score that is required is 2000,”

University of New Brunswick – CS
“normally require a minimum score of 600 for Quantitative Section and a minimum score of 3.5 for the Analytical Writing. … necessary but not sufficient.”

University of Alberta – CS
“Applicants who have previous degrees from outside Canada must take the GRE (general). Our successful applicants obtain a minimum score of 700 each on the quantitative and analytical components (or a comparable score on the analytical writing section).

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