M.C.S. in Computer Science

The Master's of Computer Science is a course work only degree for working professionals. Information about the M.C.S. structure and degree requirements can be found here.

Admission Requirements

The following is a list of requirements that are considered as prerequisites for admission to the M.C.S. program:

  • A candidate must be a professional working in the Computer Science field or a closely related field at the time of application. 
  • A candidate must have a prior undergraduate or graduate degree in a major with a substantial background in computer science & engineering.*
  • A candidate must have a demonstrated ability to maintain a 3.0 GPA or greater.
  • TOEFL scores must meet university operational standard 
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for admission.

*Well-qualified applicants without an undergraduate/graduate computer science major will be considered, applicants with a computer science major will be preferred.

Important Dates

November 15th

Admission cycle opens for fall

March 1st

Application deadline for fall.

The Computer Science and Engineering Department does not admit for spring term.

Application Instructions

The Graduate School online application along with detailed instructions regarding the application can be found here at the Graduate School application site. The following material should be included in the Graduate School Application: 

Statements

The department requires that you upload the following to the Graduate School:
1. Statement of Purpose (Statement #1) -Concisely discuss your computer science educational, research, or industrial background as they relate to your objectives. Include any unique experiences relevant to research you have done. Discuss why you are applying to the University of Minnesota. Please include names of faculty members and research groups at the University of Minnesota whose research is of interest to you. Use this area to list any extenuating circumstances such as poor grades or test scores.
2. Diversity Statement (Statement #2)  - Complete as instructed on the application site. 

Transcripts

You must indicate all the colleges and graduate schools you have attended.Unofficial transcripts must be uploaded directly to the admissions application per these instructions. Official transcripts are required for those students admitted to the program.
Do not fax or mail hard copies of your transcripts to the department.

GRE
  • The Graduate Record Exam (general test) is not required; instead, applicants are required to have industry experience and be working in the field of computer science at the time of application.  
TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS
  • International students must send official TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS scores. For more information visit: Graduate School’s TOEFL information page .
  • The department requires a speaking and writing score of 23 or higher to qualify for teaching assistantships.
  • GRE and TOEFL Institution Codes: 

GRE INSTITUTION CODE

6874

GRE DEPARTMENT CODE

N/A

TOEFL INSTITUTION CODE

6874

TOEFL DEPARTMENT CODE

N/A

Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Provide the name and e-mail address and other requested information for three recommenders through the university system.
  • The CS&E department does not accept hard copies of recommendation letters, they must be submitted through the online system. 
Curriculum Vitae or Resume

This should include:

  • Educational background and degrees
  • Teaching or research experience
  • A list of papers/publications (URLs included)
  • Computer languages in which you are proficient
  • Other information that will advance your application can be uploaded in PDF or text format, PDF is preferred

* Unfortunately, the CS&E department is unable to review your application material prior to submission or make document corrections once your application has been submitted.  *