University of Minnesota
Computer Science & Engineering

Graduate Admissions

Our Fall 2015 admission cycle will open on November 15th, 2014. Please check back at that time for current application instructions as they are currently under review.

Please note that this page includes information related to the Ph.D, MS and MCS in Computer Science only.

For information related to the Master of Science in Software Engineering or the Master of Science in Data Science, see their respective pages.

The Graduate Program in Computer Science only admits students for the Fall term each year. We do not admit for spring term. Approximately 70 new students enroll annually from a pool of over 1200 applicants.

The department’s goal is to provide funding for all enrolled Ph.D. students. M.S. and M.C.S. students are expected to come with their own funding.

graduate students in computer lab
Photo by Patrick O’Leary

Which degree should I apply for?

We encourage students to think about the highest degree they wish to receive from the Computer Science program at the University of Minnesota and then to apply for that degree. We offer the following degrees:

The admissions committee will consider each applicant for the degree requested, but may decide to admit an applicant to a different degree program, or suggest a higher degree. Once a student enrolls, options to change or add degrees can be discussed.

Application Deadlines for Fall 2015

November 15: Admission Cycle Opens for Fall 2015
December 5: PhD in Computer Science (to be considered for Fellowships)
January 5: PhD in Computer Science (to be considered for additional Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships)
March 1: All MS applicants (MS students are expected to come with sufficient funding for the degree.)

Our application process is all online and all links, directions and information for PhD, MS, and MCS applications are available on this web site. Please be sure to read all of the information and follow directions carefully.We have a page of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) which should answer most questions applicants have. The page is periodically updated, so it is a good idea to check back for new information.

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