M.C.S. in Computer Science

The MCS degree (Master’s of Computer Science) is our coursework-only degree for working professionals. Most applicants to this degree are interested in expanding their skills but are not interested in the research aspects of computer science. Typically, MCS students are currently working in industry in the US and have been out of school for a period of time. Students in this program can take most of their coursework online (through UNITE) or at night. Due to limited 8000 level courses offered through UNITE, it is challenging to complete the degree completely online. Students should expect to visit campus for various reasons connected to a course and degree completion steps.

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 Date

March 1st

Application deadline for fall.

The Computer Science and Engineering Department does not admit for the 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: 


The department requires that you upload the following to the Graduate School:
1. Personal Statement/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 the 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. (4000 character limit)
2. Diversity Statement (Statement #2)  - Complete as instructed on the application site for all domestic applicants. (4000 character limit)


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.


 We do not require or accept GRE scores as part of the application process. The University of Minnesota Graduate Application will have areas for you to enter GRE test scores and upload an unofficial score sheet. You should not enter this information into your application for our program. 

  • 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.
  • TOEFL Institution Codes: 





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.  *