Admission

Applications are considered year-round. Students can be accepted into the program for the following terms: Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer. Once an admission file is complete, decisions are usually reached within 15 working days. For students with a bachelor's degree in other disciplines, additional course work may be required or recommended as a condition of admission (Conditional Admission status).

The following courses are required before taking graduate level courses in the Computer Science department:

  • CSC 210 Intro to Programming
  • CSC 340 Operating Systems
  • CSC 410 Database
  • CSC 350 Computer Networks
  • MATH 241 Discrete Math

Candidates for admission to the MSCS program should submit a completed application portfolio at preferably 45 days prior to the start of the term. Admitted students may begin the program at the beginning of any term. Admission decisions for regular graduate standing are based on a review of the following materials in the candidate's file:

  • A completed application form and non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts showing a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. Normally, a grade point average of approximately 3.0 or higher in upper division undergraduate work is expected.

    Note: All applicants who have completed their undergraduate work at an institution outside of the United States must have their transcripts evaluated for equivalency to a U.S. bachelor's degree. CLU reserves the right to request TOEFL and GRE scores to assist in admission decisions, although they are not always required. If available, please send a copy of your score(s) with your application.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Test scores: Applicants whose undergraduate records do not satisfy the criteria set forth below should submit scores for the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores in their admission portfolio. The GRE may be waived for candidates who present an official transcript of previous college work from a regionally accredited college or university reflecting any one of the following criteria:
    • an undergraduate, upper division grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale; or
    • a combined grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the most recent 60 credits of study consisting of any of the following: graduate course work, upper division post baccalaureate course work (exclusive of extension or continuing education work), and upper division undergraduate course work; or
    • a minimum of nine credits of graduate course work completed and a 3.50 grade point average; or
    • a previously earned master's degree.
  • An interview with an Admission Counselor
  • Prospective international students: Please see international application procedures.

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