M.S. in Computer Science (MSCS) Admissions

General Admission

Admission into the MSCS program is selective. To enter, a student must satisfy the CS graduate program prerequisites. An application package is considered in its entirety (there are no minimal cutoffs), but typical admission requirements include:

Application Deadlines

  • Spring Admission: October 1
  • Fall Admission: April 15
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score: 550 or better (paper exam); 213 or better (computer exam); 80 or better (internet exam) OR IELTS: Overall Band Score of 6.5 or better. The TOEFL/IELTS exam is waived for students whose native (first) language is English.
  • GPA (grade point average): 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale); preferably higher in computer science courses. There is no need for international students to translate their grades to the 4.0 scale.
  • Study Plan: a clear statement of study plan, including specific graduate study objectives, and
  • Academic Background: a strong academic background in computer science and mathematics, including certain prerequisites.
  • Proof of Class Ranking: this information is optional but strongly recommended.

More admissions information is available in the Admissions Checklist

Pre-evaluation of students before formal application is not possible, since the application is considered as a whole by an admissions committee. Please do not request the graduate program director or other faculty members for such an evaluation.

International Students

International Students are required to take TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and score 550 or better (paper exam), 213 or better (computer exam), 80 or better (internet exam) OR IELTS: Overall Band Score of 6.5 or better. Non-US students who do not meet the above minimum direct admission requirements may consider applying to the INTO Graduate Pathway in Computer Science.

Financial Support

All students are automatically considered for financial assistance. Faculty (including the graduate program director) should not be contacted to inquire about available financial assistance or a student’s potential for admission. The department does make financial assistance available.

More Admission Questions?

Please refer to the Admission FAQs page before you contact the graduate program director at csgradprogram@uab.edu.