Important 2021 Dates

2021 Application Deadlines

Spring, 2021 - November 20th, 2020
Summer, 2021 - March 26th, 2021
Fall, 2021 - July 9th, 2021

First day of Fall, 2020 Classes: August 24th, 2020
First day of Spring, 2021 Classes: January 11th, 2021

Applications are reviewed on a first come, first reviewed basis, so it is important to apply as soon as possible. 

Applications are reviewed on a first come, first reviewed basis.

All transcripts, letters of recommendation and ALEKS scores must be turned in by the application deadline. Late application materials will not be accepted. 

In order to apply for the Applied Computer Science online degree program, prospective students must meet all of the following requirements:

All required

  • Have a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.

  • Have a minimum accumulated GPA of 2.75 in your existing bachelor’s degree. Applicants with significant life experience but a lower GPA will still be considered.

  • Meet the math requirements.

  • Complete and submit all application materials by specified application deadline. (We do not do offer late acceptance or extensions)

  • International students must meet a minimum standard of English proficiency.

One of the following required

  • Completion of AP Calculus or Calculus 1* with a minimum C-

  • Successful completion of CLEP exam for Calculus (CLEP exam credit may be granted for a score of 54 or above).

  • To take the self-paced ALEKS Prep for Calculus with Limits course applicants should go to the ALEKS website and sign up for the course using the class code: UQPF3-EK34N. Applicants will be required to purchase an access code to take the course.

    • Course results will be verified by our admissions staff as part of the admissions process. You are required to complete 80% tested knowledge of the ALEKS course. You will receive a certificate via email when you have reached this benchmark. If you do not receive a certificate, you have not completed a sufficient amount of the course. 

*Note: "Calculus for Business" courses do not meet the prerequisite. If you took this course, you will still need to take ALEKS online course.

In addition to our general admission requirements, all international applicants are also required to meet a minimum standard of English proficiency.

Visit to view the most up to date English proficiency requirements, as set by CU Boulder Admissions.

*Note: Applicants are evaluated based on their overall application.

Students who are enrolled in the program but do not register for courses for three consecutive semesters will have to reapply to the program.

Note: Meeting the minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee your admission.

As part of the admissions process students must:

  • Complete an admissions application and pay the $50 application fee ($70 for international students)
  • Provide a personal statement of 200-1000 words explaining why you are interested in the Applied Computer Science degree. Reflect on your personal strengths (e.g. intellectual passion, academic abilities, disposition to work with professional colleagues) and lived experiences that will enable you to succeed in the program.
  • Provide two (2) letters of recommendation. Your references should be able to provide information regarding your ability to succeed in the program. References from relatives and friends will not be accepted. 
  • Submit all official transcripts directly to CU Boulder from the issuing institution. Transcripts can be sent to or mailed to the Office of Admissions.

Transfer Credits from CU or Outside Institution?

Visit our Curriculum page for details on the policies for transfering credits.