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:

PLEASE NOTE:  ONLINE APPLICATION IS DUE BY DECEMBER 15TH.  WE CAN ACCEPT ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS AFTER THIS DEADLINE.

  • PhD deadline to receive documents - December 31
  • MS/ME deadline to receive documents - February 15

Fall 2015 Application Deadline: 12/15/2014

  1. The Online Application.
  2. The Computer Science PhD Department Application or MS/ME Department Application.  Please select the appropriate link and fill out the simple form.  This will help the graduate committee assess your needs.
  3. A $50 application fee ($70 for International Applicants). This can be submitted online via credit card while applying online. (Please see Application Fee Waiver Policy below.)
  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".
  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. One original transcript from each college or university you have attended, even if no credit was received. Community or junior colleges are included. The institution must mail the transcript directly to us.  For International Student, if the University will not send official transcript, the admissions office can accept a sealed copy of original transcripts from the applicant.  Also, if you have obtained a Bachelor's or Master's degree, include a copy of your degree certificate if you are an Internationl applicant.
  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".

Application Fee Waiver Policy

If you are applying to the PhD program, your application fee will be waived if you have been personally invited to apply by a Computer Science faculty member. We need an email from the faculty member supporting your claim to process the waiver. 

Both domestic and international applicants can qualify for the waiver.

If your waiver is approved, you will need to select the "pay by check" option when submitting your online application. Please feel free to contact CS Graduate Admissions if you have any questions about this.

Domestic Applicants

All parts of your application, 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

All parts of your application, 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 31.