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Computer Science Master of Computer Science (M.C.S.)

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Fall semester May 1
Spring semester November 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution is required. International applicants must have a bachelor's degree equivalent to a 4-year degree from a U.S. institution.
  • Students entering the master's program are expected to be fluent in an object-oriented language (e.g., Java or C++). This preparation consists in possessing at least the following:
    • An understanding of computer organization/architecture, data structures and algorithms, program/software design methodology, theoretical foundations, and operating systems design concepts.
    • A working knowledge of calculus, linear algebra, introductory probability, applied statistics, and discrete structures.
    • An overall GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0, and a GPA of at least 3.2 in computer science and mathematics course work.
  • GRE test scores are required for international applicants only.
  • A 3.0 GPA on all undergraduate coursework and a GPA of at least 3.2 in Computer Science and Mathematics coursework.

Note that meeting the minimum department standards does not ensure admission to the program. Admission to Colorado State University graduate programs is based on a number of factors, including prior academic and professional experience and the statement of purpose.

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

  • Letters of recommendation
    Three professional recommendations are required. You will provide information about your recommenders in the online application. CSU will contact them with instructions and a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.
  • Resume
    Indicate your education, training, and work experience.
  • Statement of purpose
    The statement should include plans and reasons for graduate study, and what you hope to gain from the graduate program.
  • Transcripts
    You can upload unofficial transcripts for preliminary review before requesting official transcripts.
  • Test results
    GRE score are optional for domestic students. If you choose to submit GRE scores, they must be reported as percentages (not raw scores). If you do not submit GRE scores, enter zeros for all GRE components. All international applicants from countries where English is not the primary language must supply English proficiency score reports (TOEFL or IELTS). Screen-shots of test scores from testing company web sites are acceptable.
    International MCS Applicants: If you do not have a transcript from a college or university located in the USA, you must submit GRE scores. A minimum of 75th percentile on the quantitative section is required for your application to be considered.
  • TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable)

DO NOT send your application material also by email or regular mail. If you are recommended for admission, official copies of your transcripts and test score reports will be required as part of the formal application process.

3 Submit Online Application

First, complete the online graduate application.

  • Select "Computer Science MCS - Distance" when choosing the program of study.

Once your application is submitted, you will upload documentation (unofficial documents will be accepted at this stage of the application process). Transcripts and test scores can only be uploaded after you submit your application.

Applicants can supply documents officially through originating agencies or upload scans of unofficial documents as they choose prior to the evaluation phase of the application process.

The CSU Graduate Admissions Office will notify you by email of its admissions decision. If the committee believes you should be admitted, you will be asked to complete the official admission process with official documents and pay the application fee. If you are not recommended for admission, you should not complete the rest of the application, nor should you pay the application fee.

4 Finalize Your Application

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from all institutions attended. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary)
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

5 Submit Test Scores (Recommended)

GRE test scores
GRE test scores are not required, but may be submitted if you feel these will strengthen your application. Submit official GRE General Test scores through the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075, leave the department code blank). Scores are typically received by the University 4-6 weeks after your testing date.

  • All three sections — verbal, quantitative, and analytical — must be submitted. Photocopies are not accepted.
  • CSU graduates do not, generally, need to take the GRE. If you think it will strengthen your application, though, we recommend you do take it.

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

Information for International Students

Official transcript translation

Ensure official copies include a certified translation into English (only one set of transcripts is required).

Official test scores

Colorado State University requires that proficiency in English language be demonstrated either by the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE academic tests prior to admission. Please submit one of the official scores from the list below. Tests must be taken within two years prior to admission and submitted directly from the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075).

  • The minimum TOEFL score for admission without condition is 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet-based).
  • The minimum IELTS score for admission without condition is 6.5.
  • The minimum PTE Academic score for admission without condition is 58.

All applicants who are citizens of countries in which English is not the official language, and who do not have an undergraduate degree from the U.S. must submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores.

GRE scores

If you do not have a transcript from a college or university located in the USA, you must submit GRE scores. A minimum of 75th percentile on the quantitative section is required for your application to be considered.