Each applicant is evaluated on the basis of the following factors.
- Evidence of competence to begin graduate study. Such evidence should include one of:
- an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) from a North American university, or
- satisfactory GRE scores (a minimum of 146 for both the verbal and quantitative, on the new scale), or
- a professional record that demonstrates readiness for graduate study in computer science.
- Course work in computer science. The equivalent of a major in computer science is expected. Students lacking this background may be required to complete (with a B- or higher in each course) a sequence of undergraduate foundation courses in computer science and mathematics. Related professional experience, such as programming, systems analysis, and/or systems design may be substituted for some foundation courses. See the list of foundation courses for Applied Computer Science or Information Technology.
- For international students, a TOEFL score of at least 213 (or 550 on the pre-computer version) is required as well as a verbal score of at least 146 on the GRE.
- Three letters of recommendation should be submitted that evaluate the applicant's academic ability, professional maturity, and communication skills.
- A written statement by the applicant discussing the applicant's background in computer science and goals of the applicant in the masters program.
Note: Students who do not meet course work requirements may be eligible for conditional admission.