Now Accepting Applications for 2020

Application Deadlines

Spring, 2020 - November 15th, 2019
Summer, 2020 - March 27th, 2020
Fall, 2020 - July 10th, 2020

First day of Spring, 2020 Classes: January 13th, 2020

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: WRVW6-CER63. 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.

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

All required

In addition to our general admission requirements, all international applicants are also required to meet a minimum standard of English proficiency. The TOEFL and IELTS are two different English language proficiency tests accepted by CU Boulder as proof of English proficiency. CU Boulder does not accept any other tests as proof of English proficiency. International applicants are required to demonstrate English proficiency with a passing TOEFL or IELTS score as set by the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

TOEFL/IELTS Recommended Minimum English Proficiency Scores

  • TOEFL: 83
  • IELTS: 6.5

Total scores must include a TOEFL writing subscore of 19 or higher or an IELTS writing subscore of 5.5 or higher. Scores may not be combined.

Minimum English Proficiency
Please review the university's English proficiency requirements. Applicants are evaluated based on their overall application. 

Proof of English proficiency is required for all international student applicants unless:

  • You have completed at least one year of full-time academic study at a U.S. college or university or at an institution in a country where English is the native language (i.e., Australia, U.K.) at the time you begin studies at CU Boulder that is within two years of the desired admission term. For example: If you graduated in spring 2015, the exemption is only valid until the fall 2017 term, in which case a TOEFL or IELTS score would be needed for admission. 
  • English is your native language

Sending Your TOEFL and IELTS Scores

Request that the testing agency submit your scores directly to the Office of Admissions. Scores must be received by the Office of Admissions no later than November 15 for spring applicants and June 15 for fall applicants. For more information on the TOEFL, go to For more information on the IELTS, go to

The CU Boulder school code for the TOEFL is 4841. IELTS does not have school codes. When requesting that your IELTS results to be sent to CU Boulder, have it sent to the following address:

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

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.