PhD students in other departments who are interested in earning a MS in computer science must fulfill the following requirements and submit the following documents.


  • Be a PhD student in another department within CU.
  • Must have completed the breadth requirements listed on the main Graduate Students page.
  • Current GPA of at least 3.5 in the program.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in both undergrad and MS degree, if applicable.
  • Strong letter of support for research work from a computer science faculty member, describing the research project for research-based MS option. (This is not required for the course-based MS option)


Please email the following to Graduate Advisor Rajshree Shrestha

  • Application form
  • Letter of support that includes a research plan, from a sponsoring computer science faculty member (for research-based MS option only. Not required for course-based MS option)
  • Copy of transcripts for undergraduate degree and MS degree, if applicable
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume (with research and publication details for research-based MS option)
  • Two letters of recommendation (for research-based MS option, the faculty support letter can count as one recommendation letter)

The Graduate Committee will review the application and make its decision on a case-by-case basis. If a decision is made before census date of the applied term, then the computers science master’s degree will be added during that term. If a decision is made after the census date, then the degree will be added in the following term.