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Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science Department of Computer Science

Computer Science

Admission Process

Application Process

Please follow these steps to apply to the Department of Computer Science.

1. Submit an online application.

Follow the online application link on the following web page:

You will be able to check your application status upon submission. This includes any
missing documentation required to process your application; such as official
transcripts, letters of recommendation, English proficiency test, essay or GRE scores.

A printable confirmation page will appear upon successful submission. Please include
the confirmation page in your admission packet.

2. Application Fees

There is a $65 application fee. This is a non-refundable application fee, (bank draft or
personal check) drawn on a U.S. bank, which covers the cost of processing application
materials. A credit card payment is acceptable for online applications only.
Applications will not be processed until this fee is paid. No waivers or deferrals are

3. Transcripts

Applicants are required to submit two official transcripts from each college or
university attended, including an official statement of receipt for degrees earned. The
transcripts must be in separate sealed envelopes and must be accompanied by certified
English translations. Errors or omissions in English translations may be grounds for
refusal or dismissal.

Please note that an official transcript must include the original signature of the registrar
and/or the seal of the issuing institution, and must be enclosed in an envelope with the
stamp or signature of the registrar across the sealed flap.

All credentials submitted become property of the University of Denver and cannot be
copied or returned to the student or any person(s).

Those students applying for the MS and PhD will need to have successfully completed the following prerequisite courses, or their equivalent:

Programming (COMP 1671, 1672, 2673)
Discrete Structures in CS (COMP 2300)
Data Structures and Algorithms (COMP 2370)
Computer Organization (COMP 2691)

4. Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Applicants must request that Educational Testing Services (ETS) forward results to the
University of Denver, Office of Graduate Admission.
The institution code for the University of Denver is R4842. For information
concerning GRE registration, please visit or contact:

Graduate Record Examination
Educational Testing Service
PO Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
(609) 771-7670

Applicants should take the entrance exam well in advance of their intended application
date. Please allow at least 14 business days for your general test scores and six weeks
for your subject test scores to be received.

**Your application WILL NOT be processed without GRE scores!**

Entrance exam scores older than five years from the date of the application may not be acceptable for admission.

Minimum GRE Scores (November 2011 to present) for Graduate Students:

MS:  Verbal - None; Quantitative - 152; Analytical - 2.0
PhD: Verbal - 146; Quantitative - 156; Analytical - 3.5 

Minimum GRE Scores (Prior to November 2011) for Graduate Students:

MS: Verbal - None Quantitative - 600 Analytical - 4.0/500
PhD: Verbal - 400 Quantitative - 720 Analytical - 4.5/600

**Please note that admission decisions are not based solely on test scores. Many factors are taken into account when considering an applicant, including test scores, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and transcripts.**

5. Letters of Recommendation

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. Letter of recommendation requests are sent to your recommender via email within one business day of the submission of your online application. You will be asked to provide names and email addresses of individuals who will be writing your recommendations. Please ensure you have accurate email addresses for your recommenders prior to submitting your application. We suggest you let your recommender know the recommendation request will be coming from the University of Denver in advance. This will allow him/her to send a letter electronically and meet the application deadline if applicable. Instructions for an evaluation form will be included in the email for those departments with such requirements.

6. Essay/Personal Statement

Please use specific instructions/guidelines given by the college, department or school
to which you are applying.

7. Copy of Passport

Please provide a copy of the photograph and legal name page of your passport. If you
currently do not have a passport, you will need to make arrangements to obtain a
passport before an I-20 can be issued by the University of Denver.

8. English Proficiency

Submit official scores from an English proficiency test. Applications will not be processed until the required TOEFL or IELTS score is received. A TOEFL or IELTS score is required of all international graduate student applicants whose native language is not English. The minimum TOEFL score accepted by the University of Denver is 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (internet-based) for most graduatedepartments. Alternately, students may submit a 6.0 on the IELTS exam.

Note: Those students with bachelor's or master's degrees, from institutions where
English is the language of instruction and examination, are generally exempt from the
English-test requirement (please submit proof with the application). Our school code
for the TOEFL is 4842. Please see chart for specific departmental test requirements.

Any graduate applicant whose native language is not English (including US citizens
and permanent residents), regardless of his or her educational background, who wishes
to be considered for any Graduate Teaching Assistantship must demonstrate fluency in
spoken English must take the iBT and receive a score of at least 26 on the iBT Speaking section, and minimum overall score of 80.

9. Financial Verification

Complete the Financial Verification Form, and provide an original bank letter showing
cash availability and/or letter of sponsorship, as appropriate for your situation. No
monthly bank statements will be accepted. No photocopies of financial verification
documents will be accepted. The form must be completed with the student's and
sponsor's signature. This requirement does not apply to permanent residents. You will need to prove you will be able to verify amounts that will cover the current cost of attendance.

The current cost of attendance can be found at:

The Financial Verification form and other important VISA information can be
found at:

10. Mail it in

Mail all supplemental admission materials, including official transcripts, in ONE package to:

University of Denver Office of Graduate Studies
Mary Reed Bldg., Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-4802


Please submit:

1) Submit a complete and signed application.
2) Nonrefundable application fee (check or money order made payable to the University of Denver. Credit cards are accepted only for online applications).
3) Two official transcripts from each University or College attended.
4) Official GRE scores sent by ETS.
5) 3 Letters of recommendation.
6) Essay or Personal Statement.
7) Copy of Passport.
8) TOEFL or IELTS scores if wishing to immediately enroll in degree seeking courses.
9) Signed Financial Verification Form and required financial support documents.
10) All materials submitted, in one packet, to the Office of Graduate Studies by the
program deadline.


Our department offers admissions on a rolling basis. While we have no deadlines, those applicants who submit their complete application materials sooner will be reviewed for admission sooner, and as we admit on a first-come, first-served basis, it is in your best interest to submit your application materials as soon as possible. In general, applications take approximately two months to go through our entire review process, so please plan accordingly. Additionally, any financial aid offered by our department or through the University of Denver's financial aid program in general is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

What happens after I finish applying?

As you submit your materials, the Office of Graduate Studies processes them and prepares them for distribution to the department. Once your application is COMPLETE and all materials are received, our faculty will review your information and make a decision based on all of the information you have provided to us. Please note: Applications will not be evaluated until our department has received all of your materials, including transcripts, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation, so please make sure to include everything. Once a decision has been made, we will mail you a letter indicating our decision, as well as updating the web-based system.

Financial Aid

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering currently does not offer any financial aid at the departmental level. Please contact Financial Aid, whose website can be found at

Our teaching assistantships are very limited, and therefore very competitive. Our department and will evaluate your transcripts, GRE scores, and TOEFL or IBT scores as well as your financial need to determine the amount of aid we are able to provide you with. Only our highest ranking applicants are eligible for full teaching assistantships.