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Graduate Admissions

For answers to common questions, please see the graduate admissions Frequently Asked Questions.

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications for either the M.S. or Ph.D program in Computer Science for admission to graduate school for Fall 2017 has passed. Our next application cycle is for Fall 2018. Application will open for Fall 2018 in late September, 2017.

Evaluation Criteria

Admission to the graduate program is based on computer science background, prior academic performance, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. Minimum requirements for full admission are:

  1. The equivalent of an undergraduate degree in computer science, including documented knowledge of:
    • principles of computer organization and operating systems
    • programming languages
    • program development and analysis
    • data structures and algorithm analysis

    Grades from previous coursework should indicate the ability to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in graduate level courses.

  2. Suggested minimum GRE scores on the general test:

    Verbal - 153/170
    Quantitative - 151/166
    Analytical - 4.5/6.0

  3. Minimum TOEFL or IELTS for International applicants who have no justification for a waiver - see http://gradschool.uoregon.edu/admissions/non-native-english-speakers:

    TOEFL: 100 (departmental requirement)
    IELTS: 7 (Graduate School requirement)

How to Apply

The Graduate Admission Application Form is filled out online by going to the Online Graduate Application Guidelines page and then logging in. The form may be left unfinished until the deadline. Applicants pay the application fee ($70.00) upon completion of the online form. Note: Applications sent via courier but not submitted via GradWeb (online application) will NOT be considered.

Items Submitted Online:

  • Personal Statement
  • College/University Coursework
  • Contact Information for Recommendations
  • Writing Sample (optional)
  • Resume or CV (optional)
  • Application for GTF/GRF (optional)

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Some required items are mailed to the University of Oregon Office of Admissions. Others are mailed directly to the Department of Computer and Information Science. These two offices are in separate buildings. Materials sent to the wrong location may not be processed in a timely manner.

Send the Following Items to the Office of Admissions:
Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217
Official transcripts
Send official transcripts from all institutions attended as an undergraduate or graduate student.
Official TOEFL or IELTS score (International students only)
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - test may be waived if you have received a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. The institutional code (for score submission) is 4846; the Department code is 78.
Send the Following Items to the Department of Computer and Information Science:
Graduate Admissions Committee
Department of Computer and Information Science
1202 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1202
GRE scores
Have your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores sent to the Department of Computer and Information Science. For submission of the GRE scores, note that the institutional code is 4846, and the major code is 0402. Photocopies may be sent to the department, but are not required.
TOEFL or IELTS score (International students only)
A photocopy of either score report may be sent to the department, but are not required. Any International student granted GE teaching funding, but lacking a TOEFL ibt speaking score of at least 26, will be required to take the SPEAK test during fall term orientation. For more details on the Graduate School's GE-related policies, see the following link: http://gradschool.uoregon.edu/gtf/gtf-related-policies/SPEAK.
Funding

Graduate students may be funded through GE positions; teaching and research. GE research positions are supported from individual faculty advisor's resources.

Incoming Ph.D. students are typically funded through GE teaching positions. In some instances, incoming Ph.D. students are offered their choice of GE teaching or research. Most Ph.D. students (especially those doing systems research) transition to GE research support within their first few years in the program.

The only financial awards offered by our department for M.S. applicants are GE teaching or research appointments. Students who do not initially receive such an award may be in our GE teaching pool and considered for future positions in the Department. Students may also apply for GE positions in other departments. Because computer skills are in demand, our students have a good track record of obtaining funding. Please see http://gradschool.uoregon.edu/gtf-openings for positions on campus.

FAQ

CIS Department Graduate Admissions FAQ page.

Graduate School's Admissions FAQ page.

Graduate School's International Applicants FAQ page.

Graduate School's GTF Appointment FAQ page.

Related Links
Graduate School
The graduate school web site contains information for current and future graduate students at the UO.
Financial Aid
Though much of the information at this site applies to Undergraduates, there are still some sections of use to Graduates.
Housing
Information about housing options both on and off campus at the University of Oregon.
Office of International Affairs
Information and resources for International students.
Contact Us
Email: graduate.admissions@cs.uoregon.edu