Yes, the applicant's academic background should include at least three semesters of mathematics at the level of sophistication of calculus or above, courses such as calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability, statistics, and abstract algebra.
The courses should include the equivalent of the following University of Colorado offerings:
See the Computer Science Course Catalog for a complete listing of courses.
If you are missing any undergraduate prerequisites, please fulfill them before applying. This can be done through a local college or via ACCESS - University of Colorado's continuing education program.
No, CAETE only provides graduate level coursework.
No, but we do require a certain number of computer science courses before you may be considered. Please refer to the question above which covers required computer science courses.
Students wishing to get both MS and PhD degrees can apply to the PhD program and get the MS degree while enrolled in the PhD program. Alternatively students may apply to the MS program, and later on apply to the PhD program.
The principle difference between the Master of Engineering and the Master of Science degrees is that the Master of Engineering degree does not require a residency on campus.
The ME is obtained through our distance-learning program called CAETE. It is intended to meet the needs of those practicing engineers who are working full time outside the University.
It also allows participants to pursue an integrated program of studies by specializing in one engineering discipline and selecting courses from other engineering fields and business subjects related to the individual student's professional work. A successful program to meet these needs requires greater flexibility in operation than is normally possible or intended under the Master of Science degree program.
Admission requirements are the same for both the ME and the MS degree program.
CAETE (Center for Advanced Engineering and Technology Education) is our distance-learning program. It delivers graduate courses taught on the Boulder campus to business, industry, and government agencies asynchronously via the Internet for streaming or downloading. Engineers, computer scientists and technical managers may earn a Master’s degree in Engineering without driving to campus.
Yes, simply visit the CAETE website for more information.
No, the PhD program must be completed in person. It is designed to build a research relationship with the professor and is not conducive to online curricula.
Applicants should have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0). However, acceptance is not solely based on GPA. We look at the entire application to evaluate the candidate. Applicants with an average below 3.0 and above 2.75 and applicants lacking certain of the admission requirements listed above, if accepted, can only be accepted as provisional degree students.
Provisional status is usually lifted after 1 year.
For the Master’s degree, the General GRE is only required if your GPA is lower than a 3.0. If you come from a lesser-known university, it is recommended that you submit General GRE scores. The General GRE is required for all PhD applicants, but there is no set limit for a minimum score. We encourage you to do your best. If you would like to be considered for financial aid, then it is required that you take the General GRE.
Neither the GMAT nor the subject GREs are required for admission. If you feel that you are lacking in certain areas (for example, if you have a GPA below a 3.0 or received your BA from a lesser known university), then taking the subject GRE is recommended.
We are accepting computer-based scores that were taken before the suspension of the GRE computer-based General test.
We do not require the GRE subject test, so there would be no impact on your application.
The Computer Science Department offers admission for the Fall semester each year.
For maximum consideration, applications for the MS or ME programs should be received by December 15.
For maximum consideration, PhD applications should be received by December 15.
For international students applying to both the ME/MS and PhD programs, the deadline is December 15.
Deadlines for graduate admission refer to the date by which the application must be received.
Remember, applications must be received by the deadlines stated, not a postmarked date, so please take that into consideration when preparing your packet. However, we do recognize that mail delays for foreign students can be considerable, and will try to accommodate packets that are late.
Yes, send in your application "as-is," and then forward your ETS scores once they arrive. We will try our best to give your application full consideration even if one or two of your scores do not arrive until after the deadline.
We process deferments on an individual basis: we do not have a fixed policy. Once you are admitted, please let us know your status and we will try our best to accommodate you.
The admissions committee in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado considers many factors when deciding whether or not to admit an applicant. These factors include, but are not limited to, grades, scores on standardized tests, letters of recommendations, prior experience, and quality of other applicants. Without formally evaluating your application it is impossible for us to say whether or not you would be admitted to the department.
You will need to submit your application forms again including the application fees. On your application you should indicate that you have applied to our department before. You need not, however, resubmit your letters of recommendation or test scores (provided that your test scores are still valid and your previous application was within one year of your current application deadline). If you wish to use the scores and/or recommendations from a previous application, please indicate that by attaching a note to your application.
Typically three, although some courses may have more or less.
As far as the university is concerned, you need to take at least 5 credits (or dissertation credits) each term to be considered full time. A "full" load is usually three courses a semester.
Generally, we look more closely at the latest score; however there is no set rule as we evaluate everything in the application packet.
Simply follow the guidelines applicable to regular graduate admission. However, please also be cognizant of our credit transfer policy, described below.
Yes, you can take classes through our distance-learning program, called CAETE, or you can take them through ACCESS, part of Continuing Education. ACCESS allows non-registered students to take classes in the Computer Science Department. Registration is highly dependent on availability and cannot be done until the day before or the first day of class, per the instructor's approval.
Yes, you may take classes, through CAETE or ACCESS. But please note that all credits earned will count as transfer credits because the CAETE and ACCESS courses are evaluated on a different basis.
Yes, in general, we accept up to three 3-credit classes, so a maximum of 9 credits. For credits to transfer, you must be a registered Computer Science student and apply by writing a petition. Graduate level Computer Science courses that match up to our curriculum, in general, should not have a problem transferring. (Please note that this is not a guarantee.)
Research Assistantships (RA) - A research assistant works closely with one or more faculty in performing research. Assistantships cover tuition and provide a stipend to cover living and other expenses. For PhD students, both the TA and RA positions cover tuition and provide a stipend. For MS students, TA positions may only cover part of the tuition, while RA positions cover the full tuition. Teaching Assistantships (TA) - Teaching assistants teach or assist in teaching a course. Teaching assistantships provide a stipend and full or partial tuition support (depending on the assistantship).
To apply for either position, check the appropriate box on your application form. In addition, if you are interested in an RA we recommend that you contact specific faculty in our department in research areas of your interest. See Funding Opportunities for information on our faculty and resources for identifying funding opportunities.
Incoming PhD students are offered Teaching Assistantships rather than Research Assistantships, since Research Assistantships are essentially an arrangement between a professor (with a research grant) and a student. If you would like to get an RA starting from your first term, please directly contact the professors that are doing research in your area of interest. If you are not sure what area you want to do your research in, it is best to enter as a TA and take courses and independent study until you decide what you like best. See Funding Opportunities for a list of anticipated opportunities for this Fall.
Financial aid is not guaranteed for Masters students. We suggest that you speak with a professor in your area of interest upon acceptance.
The Computer Science Department does not have a specific financial aid application. Simply, indicate that you are or are not interested in receiving financial aid on your application.
We have several ways to help you with funding. They include:
With occasional exceptions, the above opportunities are available to all students, including international students.
Yes, the GREs are required if you are applying to the PhD program and would like to be considered for financial aid.