Apply online through BYU Graduate Studies.
Fall Semester Deadlines—MS and PhD candidates are considered for admission in Fall Semester.
Application Deadline—15 December
Approximate Notification Date—15 February
Starting Semester—Fall Semester (early September)
Winter Semester Deadlines—Only PhD candidates are considered for admission in Winter Semester.
Application Deadline—15 July
Approximate Notification Date—15 September
Starting Semester—Winter Semester (early January)
In unusual circumstances, students may be admitted with scores lower than those listed below.
GPA (4-point scale): 3.25
GRE Quantitative: 70th percentile
GRE Verbal: 60th percentile
GRE Analytical: 4.0
TOEFL*: 620 PBT, 260 CBT, or 105 iBT
GPA (4-point scale): 3.5
GRE Quantitative: 80th percentile
GRE Verbal: 70th percentile
GRE Analytical: 4.5
TOEFL*: 620 PBT, 260 CBT, or 105 iBT
* for international students who do not speak English as their native language.
Admission does not strictly require a BS in Computer Science. However, applicants with a BS in an unrelated field (such as English or History) should demonstrate in their application that they have the capacity to succeed in Computer Science courses and research. This can be done by completing CS classes at a university, demonstrating work experience or by some other means.
Applicants without a BS in CS may be required to complete CS 240 and 312. Completing 240 and 312 may require taking additional prerequisites depending on the applicant's preparation as determined by the course instructor and student. Admitted students without a BS in CS will receive instructions on which of those two classes are required--and how to appeal those requirements.
A successful application does two things at the department level. First, it convinces BYU CS professors that you can succeed in graduate study in Computer Science at BYU. Second, it convinces BYU CS professors that your research interests align with one or more available research opportunities in the BYU CS department.
The CS Department Admissions Committee considers academic factors such as GPA, transcript, GRE scores, letters of recommendation and the letter of intent. The committee also reviews TOEFL scores and the IERF report for international students.
To increase your probability of being recommended for acceptance by the CS Admissions Committee, you might consider the following points.
While the PhD admissions requirements are higher, competitive PhD students will usually be admitted ahead of equally competitive MS students because we currently have more capacity for advising PhD students and MS students.
If you are interested in completing a PhD, you should apply for admission to the PhD program. Applicants who hold (or will soon receive) a BS or MS may apply to the PhD program.
Students are admitted by the University. The CS department makes recommendations to the University. Departmental recommendations are made by a committee of Computer Science faculty. The faculty committee judges whether or not the candidate is academically prepared to successfully complete graduate study in computer science and makes a recommendation based on that judgment. The University evaluates other factor including the ecclesiastical endorsement.
Carefully review the MS and PhD program requirements. Pay attention to deadlines related to the program of study, proposals and defenses.
The department will assign a temporary faculty advisor to admitted students. Newly admitted students should talk to their faculty advisor as they make plans to begin the program.
All PhD students receive a stipend as either a Research or Teaching Assistant as long as they make satisfactory and timely progress toward graduation. Most PhD students also have their tuition paid through other funding sources--including grants obtained by their faculty advisor. In a few cases, PhD students who are self-funded or who do not need a stipend might chose to opt-out of receiving a stipend.
Many MS students also receive a stipend through funding obtained by their faculty advisor. Few MS students receive a tuition benefit.
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