Following are the simple steps to apply for graduate study in Computer Science (CS) at the University of Denver. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.
1. Apply Online / Application Deadlines
Applications for graduate study in Computer Science at the University of Denver must be submitted online. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials to the Office of Graduate Studies by the priority deadline: February 15. Students interested in competing for graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs) are encouraged to submit their applications by this deadline to ensure full consideration for an appointment in September of a given year. Documents sent by postal mail should be postmarked no later than February 15.
International applicants are encouraged to have the admission application and all supporting documents in the Office of Graduate Studies by the deadline or no later than May 1.
Applications received after the priority deadline will be accepted, processed and reviewed on a rolling basis for the fall, winter or spring quarters.
To apply online, visit: https://du-grad.edu.185r.net/application. A $65 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed. Application fee waivers are available for McNair Scholars.
2. Transcripts / Course and Degree Prerequisites and Requirements
Candidates for the MS in computer science must have a BA or BS in any discipline from an accredited university. Candidates for the PhD in computer science must have a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related discipline. Prerequisite courses for both MS and PhD include:
• COMP 1671/1672/2673 Introduction to Computer Science (I/II/III)
• COMP 2300 Discrete Structures in Computer Science
• COMP 2370 Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures
• COMP 2691 Introduction to Computer Organization (or equivalent)
These courses cover programming in a high-level language that supports data abstraction, recursion, elementary data structures, assembly language programming, digital logic and elementary discrete mathematical structures.
Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended, or are presently attending, where two quarter hours (or one semester hour) or more were completed. Proof of a bachelor's, and if applicable, a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required. Applicants must also account for any study undertaken outside the United States. If study abroad course work with grades and course titles do not appear on a transcript, those records must be obtained as well. All transcripts must be official and received in the Office of Graduate Studies in a sealed envelope. University of Denver students and alumni do not need to provide DU transcripts as these will be requested by the Office of Graduate Studies.
Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Students who have earned a degree outside the U.S. must also submit proof of graduation, typically through a degree certificate or diploma. If you have been educated outside the U.S., we encourage you to contact the Office of Graduate Studies for assistance regarding transcript-related materials. DU's in-house foreign credential evaluation may take up to four weeks. This evaluation must be complete by the program's stated deadline. Applicants with education credentials from outside of the U.S. are encouraged to apply early.
3. Test Scores
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission. Scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing agency by the program's stated deadline. The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842. Non-native English speakers are required to provide scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please note: this requirement is independent of citizenship status.
We practice a holistic admission review process taking into account a variety of primary academic factors as well as secondary factors as they relate to your ability to be successful in our rigorous academic environment. Competitive GRE scores for students admitted to the Department of Computer Science are below.
MS: Verbal - None: Quantitative - 148: Analytical Writing Section - 4.0
PhD: Verbal - 146: Quantitative - 156: Analytical Writing Section - 4.5
The minimum TOEFL score accepted by DU is 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-based). The minimum IELTS score accepted by DU is 6.0. Non-native English speakers who hold a post-secondary degree from an institution where English is the only language of instruction and examination or who hold a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree from a U.S. institution are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. There are no exemptions for graduate teaching assistants.
Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) must demonstrate fluency in spoken English by scoring a 26 on the TOEFL speaking section or 8.0 on the IELTS speaking section. Please visit www.du.edu/learn/graduates/internationalapplicants.html for a list of TOEFL/IELTS requirements.
4. Personal Statement
A personal statement of at least 300 words is required. The statement should include information concerning your life, education, practical experience, special interests and specific purpose for applying to DU. The statement should be submitted via upload through the online application process.
5. Resume / C.V.
A detailed resume or C.V. is required. This should include all educational achievements, relevant work experience, research and/or volunteer work. The resume or C.V. should be submitted via upload through the online application process.
6. Recommendation Letters
Three letters of recommendation are required. These letters should be solicited and uploaded by recommenders through the online application system.
7. Financial Support
As a University of Denver graduate student, you are eligible for two types of financial aid: need-based (available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents) and merit-based (available to all students, including international students). The Department of Computer Science also offers a number of competitive graduate teaching assistantships (GTA) that provides full tuition remission along with a stipend for the nine-month academic year (three academic quarters). Other sources of financial aid available include graduate research assistantships (GRA) either with or without partial tuition remission, scholarships and fellowships, and work opportunities from the department and from the School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS). Non-native English speakers have a language requirement for eligibility. For more information about financial aid, please contact the CS department.
To be considered for financial support, domestic applicants should apply early and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline, February 15.
Information about financial aid can be found on the Office of Financial Aid website (www. du.edu/financialaid/graduate). International students are not eligible for federal financial aid. Contact your academic program for more information.
8. Application Status
We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online at https://webcentral.du.edu.
Mail official transcripts and any supplemental admission materials not submitted with the online application to:
University of Denver Office of Graduate Studies Mary Reed Building, Room 5 2199 S. University Blvd. Denver, CO 80208-4802
For complete international applicant information, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies
International Student Application Information. International applicants are strongly encouraged to have their applications complete at least eight weeks prior to the program's application deadline.