How to Apply

The Computer Science Department does not offer spring admission.  Applicants for fall admission to the graduate programs in Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder should complete the following steps.  Your completed application for the graduate program in Computer Science must contain each of the following required materials to be considered for admission:

Deadline to SUBMIT all PhD/MS/MSCPS/ME applications - December 15th. We DO NOT have spring admissions.
(Online  application, application fee, statement of purpose, uploaded copies of transcripts and any other supportive documents are due by December 15th)

Applications must be completed by the following deadline: (We accept letters of recommendation by the following deadline)

  • Absolute deadline for ALL PhD applicants to COMPLETE (not submit) application- December 31
  • Absolute deadline for MS/MSCPS/ME applicants to COMPLETE (not submit)application - January 31

Fall 2017 Application Deadline: 12/15/2016  

We DO NOT have spring admissions

  1. The Online Application.
  2. The Computer Science PhD Department Supplemental Application or MS/ME Department Supplemental Application.  Please select the appropriate link and fill out the simple form.  This will help the graduate committee assess your needs.
  3. A $60 application fee ($80 for International Applicants). This can be submitted online via credit card while applying online.
  4. The Standard Graduate Record Examination for general aptitude (verbal and quantitative) is required for entrance into the PhD Program. (MS optional and required only for students with lower than 3.0 and higher than 2.75 GPA.) You may learn where and when to take the GRE from the Educational Testing Service. The "Institute Code" for the University of Colorado Boulder for the GRE test is "4841". Typical graduate record exam (GRE) scores of admitted applicants are 157 verbal (or 560 verbal using old scoring) and 161 quantitative (or 775 quantitative using old scoring).
  5. A TOEFL score of 560 in paper based; 220 CBT or 83 iBT or an IELTS score of 6.0 is required for international students unless you meet the graduate admissions English Proficiency Requirements. The "Institute Code" for the University of Colorado Boulder for the TOEFL test is "4841". (Note: Regardless of the conditions mentioned at English Proficiency Requirements site, if you want to be considered for funding, TOEFL is mandatory.)
  6. At least three letters of recommendation. It is highly recommended that these letters be obtained from members of the academic community. Please request your referees to submit letters of recommendation via the online application system under "Background Information". Please note that your recommenders will not receive notification to complete the recommendation until after you have submitted your application.
  7. We no longer require official transcripts for the review process. Official transcripts are only required once an applicant confirms the intent to enroll. For review and decision purposes you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in the online application. We require one copy of the scanned transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you attended. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs. While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, unofficial transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed.  Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university.

    ONLY after you are recommended for admission will you need to provide official transcripts. 

    Instructions for Uploading Unofficial Transcripts to Your Application

  8. A Statement of Purpose regarding why you want to pursue graduate work in Computer Science and what you would like to do after you have received your graduate degree. This document is required to be uploaded with the online application under section A of "Upload Documents".

Applying to MS/CS with DSE sub-plan

Starting fall 2016, students interested in completing an MS degree in Computer Science will be able to apply to the CS/MS with Data Science & Engineering Sub-plan. Please see the FAQ section for the differences between MS and MS/DSE degrees.

Prospective graduate students interested in completing a MS degree with DSE sub-plan within Computer Science should select their disciplinary group in step 5 of the admissions application (as described on the DSE sub-plan website) and must clearly note their interest in completing the DSE graduate sub-plan coursework within their statement of purpose (as described in the Admission Requirements section of the application process).

Beginning with applications for fall 2016, students interested in completing an MS degree in Computer Science can now apply directly to the Data Science & Engineering sub-plan using the university’s online application system.

Application Directions

To apply, students should follow this process on the university's online application:

  1. Select GRADUATE degree (as career),
  2. then COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE (as program),
  3. then DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE - MS (as field of study),
  4. the semester of desired admission,
  5. then DATA SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (as the sub-plan), and finally
  6. reiterate your intent to apply to the MS program

In addition, students must clearly note their interest in completing the courses-only direct-to-DSE sub-plan within their statement of purpose (as described in the Admission Requirements section of the application process).

Domestic Applicants

Original transcripts need to be submitted once you have been accepted to the program. Once accepted, transcripts, supporting credentials, and correspondence in reference to your application should be sent directly to:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553

For overnight or express mail send to:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street Building RL3
Suite A122
Boulder, CO 80309-1058
303-492-6301

International Applicants

Original transcripts need to be submitted once you have been accepted to the program. Once accepted, transcripts, supporting credentials, and correspondence in reference to your application should be sent directly to:

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Office of Admissions/International
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine St Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0065 USA

Overnight/Express Mailing Address (DHL, UPS, Fedex)          

Office of Admissions/International               
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street - 65 UCB
Bldg RL3 Suite A122
Boulder, CO 80309-1058 USA

 

Questions should be directed to CS Graduate Admissions.

Application Deadlines

MS, ME, and Doctoral students are admitted each year for the Fall semester. The deadline for all applications is December 15. Applications received by the deadline will receive full consideration during the review process. 

Notification Dates

Applicants will be notified by March 30.