Graduate Admissions FAQs

1. When is the application deadline?
2. What term can I apply for?
3. What do I submit?
4. What is the status of my application?
5. My undergraduate degree is not in CS; is this OK?
6. What are the minimum test scores needed for admission?
7. What are the minimum grades needed for admission?
8. What are the chances for financial aid for an MS?
9. How can I demonstrate that I meet the spoken English requirements?
10. How can I learn more about the research happening at UO in CIS?
11. Where do I learn more about tuition and fees?
12. Where can I learn about graduate studies in general at UO?

1. When is the application deadline? We begin formal review of applications on December 15 (for Ph.D. applications - February 1 for M.S. applications). While it is understood that some test scores and recommendation letters will come a bit later, we expect the majority of materials to be in by this time. Ph.D. applicants who apply after December 15 are not guaranteed consideration.

2. What term can I apply for? Our typical cycle is for Fall admission. Off-cycle admission is only considered if a faculty member is willing to advocate for the applicant. This happens very rarely, and a separate application login is required (must be approved by Graduate Education Committee and login is created by the Graduate Program Coordinator).

3. What do I submit? Our department does not need to receive any paper. As explained in the online application, official transcripts and certification of degree(s) are sent to the Office of Admissions. TOEFL scores from ETS generally reach the UO in an electronic format. Paper GRE reports come directly to our department. You may send TOEFL and GRE scores to the Graduate Program Coordinator as PDFs and self report them in the online application.

4. What is the status of my application? Your application goes through many checks, including a thorough review by multiple faculty members. This process takes time, and little feedback is given. That said, if there is a problem with your application, you will be contacted by UO.

5. My undergraduate degree is not in CS; is this OK? We expect our incoming graduate students will have undergraduate-level expertise in the following:

  • principles of computer organization and operating systems
  • programming languages
  • program development and analysis
  • data structures and algorithm analysis

Students that have this expertise (and can document it via coursework or some other method) will be treated as if they have a CS degree already. Students that do not have this expertise will still be considered, but, if accepted, they will need to take some undergraduate courses to "fill the gaps".

If students are missing many of these classes, then a post baccalaureate is typical. If you wish to be advised about your readiness for graduate studies, first peruse our Undergraduate Foundations Track, and compare it to your previous course work. You can find it by scrolling down at this page. CIS Major.

6. What are the minimum test scores needed for admission? These GRE minimum scores are suggestions, and other factors are considered. GRE scores lower than these suggested minimums will not generate an automatic denial.

GRE:
Verbal -- 153/170
Quantitative -- 151/170
Analytical -- 4.5/6.0

TOEFL/IELTS:
ibt (internet based TOEFL) = 100
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) = 7
TOEFL Codes: CIS Dept 78, UO Institution 4846

(Note that TOEFL/IELTS demonstrate proficiency in speaking English; any person holding a degree from an English-speaking institution does not need to take these tests.)

7. What are the minimum grades needed for admission? The minimum required GPA for MS applicants is 3.00, and a 3.5 or higher is preferred for PhD applicants. Again, GPA is only one factor in admission, and lower GPAs will not generate an automatic denial. If you have grades based on a different point scale, your transcripts will be reviewed after all admission materials have been received.

8. What are the chances for financial aid for an MS? The only financial awards offered by our department are GE teaching or research appointments. Students who do not initially receive such an award may be in our GE teaching pool and considered for future positions in the Department. Students may also apply for GE positions in other departments. Because computer skills are in demand, our students have a good track record of obtaining funding. Please see http://gradschool.uoregon.edu/gtf-openings for positions on campus.

CIS Department decisions to offer full academic year fellowships are usually made between late February and April. The Graduate Program Coordinator cannot predict how many funded positions there will be. The GE Application is submitted through the online application. International Applicants who do not secure a GE position are asked by the Office of Admissions to submit a Bank Statement (in order to obtain an I-20).

Note: Students are only eligible for GE teaching positions if they meet the spoken English requirements. See question #9 for additional information.

9. How can I demonstrate that I meet the spoken English requirements? English-speaking ability may be documented in one of three ways prior to admission. The three ways are: 1) Test of Spoken English (TSE), Minimum score: 50; 2) Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL Speaking Score, Minimum score: 26; 3) IELTS, Minimum score: 7. If not, a SPEAK test is required after arrival at UO in the fall.

10. How can I learn more about the research happening at UO in CIS? We recommend you look at this page: CIS Research.

11. Where do I learn more about tuition and fees? We recommend you look at this page: registrar.uoregon.edu/costs - Registrar's Office.

12. Where can I learn about graduate studies in general at UO? We recommend you look at this web site: gradschool.uoregon.edu - Graduate School.