If you're interested in the master of science in computer science,
you should hold a bachelor's degree from an institution comparable to
the University of Colorado. You need to have sufficient programming
experience and mathematical maturity to understand advanced courses.
Qualified applicants holding a degree outside computer science,
computer engineering or equivalent fields may need to take additional
undergraduate courses before starting the graduate program. Admission
decisions are based on prior academic performance, letters of
recommendation, English proficiency, if applicable, and your written
statement of purpose.
10 semester hours of university-level calculus and at least one math
course beyond calculus, such as advanced calculus, differential
equations, linear algebra, probability, statistics or combinatorial
Students lacking some of these requirements, whose background is
otherwise satisfactory, might be admitted with the understanding that
the certain undergraduate courses must be completed after admission.
Grade point average (GPA):
Applicants are expected to have GPA of at least 3.0.
All computer science graduate applicants must submit the following materials:
- Application form
- Application fee
- Statement of purpose
This may be included on your application form.
We require one official copy of each previous transcript.
We require three (3) letters of recommendation.
- GRE scores (effective for fall 2015 admission)
Applicants must submit evidence of adequate preparation for graduate study by either (a) submitting official GRE scores, or (b) documenting an earned bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher from an institution accredited by a U.S. accreditation body, or an earned master’s degree with a GPA of 3.50 or higher from an institution accredited by a U.S. accreditation body. Use Institution Code 4875, Department Code 1102. Strong candidates typically have verbal plus quantitative scores exceeding 310. (For students that took the exam prior to August 2011, strong candiates have verbal plus quantitative scores exceeding 1200.)
If your native language is not English, you must take either the Test
of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English
Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, and you must score above 537
(paper), 197 (computer) or 75 (Internet-based) or 6.5 on the IELTS.
You are not required to take the TOEFL test if you have completed a
baccalaureate or graduate-level degree program from a U.S./U.K. accredited school abroad with English as the medium of instruction.
Applicants must make arrangements to
ensure all their materials
(including transcripts, references, and any required test scores) have
received by the relevant deadlines below. If there are outstanding
materials, the application is considered incomplete and will be
Fall - May 1
Spring - October
Fall - April 15
Spring - September 15
Applications received after the deadline will be processed for the following semester.
Candidates applying for the MS program will be individually evaluated
by the department's graduate committee. A letter with a decision will
be sent by the CSE chair.
Applicants may be accepted as "provisional degree students." This
status is indicated in the acceptance letter along with the conditions
that must be satisfied by a specified deadline in order for the student
to obtain regular status.
For additional information on MS CS degree program, refer to:
Master's Handbook Spring 2015
Master's Handbook Fall 2014
Master's Handbook Fall 2013
Master's Handbook Fall 2012
Master's Handbook 2011
Send all application materials to the Graduate School at the following address:
Campus Box 163
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
COURIER ADDRESS (UPS, FEDEX, etc.):
1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 1251
Denver, CO 80204
Contact Email: CEASGApplications@ucdenver.edu
degree candidates are required to complete a program of study
consisting of at least 30 semester hours of graduate level computer
science courses while maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.0.
According to the Graduate school rules graduate courses with grades
below B- cannot be applied toward the completion of the graduate degree.
With prior approval by the Graduate Committee a student may substitute
up to nine semester hours by graduate mathematics or other engineering
Students need to submit an approved Plan of Study to the Department
during the first semester of their admission. An academic advisor will
consult students to develop a Plan of Study.
Students may choose Plan I (thesis), Plan II (MS project), or Plan III (Course only). Both Plan I and II require successful defense of thesis or project in student’s graduating semester.
- Plan I – Thesis:
Students take 24 hours of graduate course work, and additionally write
and defend a thesis, which counts for 6 hours of graduate thesis work.
- Plan II – MS Project:
Students take 27 hours of graduate course work, and additionally write
and defend a MS project report, which counts for 3 hours of graduate MS
- Plan III – Course Only:
Students take 30 hours of graduate course work consisting of a minimum
of 4 out of 5 Category A courses, and 4 Category B courses. Independent
study course will not be counted toward graduation in this course only
option. In the final semester, graduating students must submit a final
written research report on a subject specified by a CSE Faculty
Students are allowed a maximum of 3 credit hours of CS Independent Study (except in Plan III, course only option).
Students may only take graduate Engineering or graduate Mathematics
courses that are offered towards an MS degree in a degree granting
department, while at least 21 hours must be CS. It is advisable that
students get prior approval of a graduate CS advisor before taking any
course that does not have a CSCI prefix. For example, courses offered
through Continuing Education are not counted toward an MS degree in
The only exception for a student to take a graduate course from any
other department is when the course satisfies all of the following
- It appears in a graduate program.
- It is taken instead of 3 hours of CS Independent Study.
- It is approved by the CS Graduate Committee.
No more than 6 hours may be in the form of on-line courses.
For additional degree requirement information, refer to:
Master's Handbook Fall 2014
Master's Handbook Fall 2013
Masters Handbook Fall 2012
Masters Handbook 2011