Admissions Requirements

A student can be admitted as a regular degree student if the student satisfies the following conditions:

  • The student holds a bachelor's degree in computer science or a master's degree in computer science or closely related field from a college or university of recognized standing. A student who is admitted without a master's degree may earn that degree as a part of the Ph.D. studies.
  • The student has at least a 3.3 grade point average (on a scale of 4.0) in all undergraduate and graduate work attempted or who has achieved a 3.3 or better in masters degree from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado.
  • U.S. resident applicants who have not graduated from a program of recognized standing, must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a score of at least 148 (new grading scale) on the quantitative portion.
  • The student has taken at least two semesters of calculus and a course each in discrete mathematics, probability and statistics, and linear algebra.
  • International applicants must follow the international applicant requirements located on the 'How to Apply' page to include GRE and proof of English proficiency either via the TOEFL exam with a minimum score of 80 (internet based), or IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5; or have completed a degree at an accredited U.S. university; or complete an English as a Second Language program through either level 5 or level 112 (depending on the program).
  • Complete a personal statement and within that personal statement name a potential advisor and justify your choice. Please visit our faculty website for research interests. //
  • The student's resume is required.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Applicants with any foreign post-secondary course work should also submit a course by course evaluation by a NACES member.
  • International Students:  Course by Course Evaluation or

Students who do not meet requirements for admission as regular students may be admitted as provisional students upon recommendation of the Computer Science PhD Committee. With the concurrence of the Graduate Dean, the Graduate Studies Committee may admit provisional students for a probationary period.

For application information: How To Apply

For additional information, please contact the Computer Science Department.

Application Deadlines:

US Students:                    Fall Start:  June 1st     Spring Start:  November 1st

International Students:   Fall Start:  April 1st     Spring Start:  October 1st