Graduate Admissions

Application Deadline

We have completed our application cycle for Fall 2022.  Our next application cycle is for Fall 2023.  Application deadline for Ph.D. will be December 15, 2022.  M.S. application deadline will be February 1, 2023.

Evaluation Criteria

Admission to the graduate program is based on computer science background, prior academic performance, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. Minimum requirements for full admission are:

  1. The equivalent of an undergraduate degree in computer science, including documented knowledge of:
    • principles of computer organization and operating systems
    • programming languages
    • program development and analysis
    • data structures and algorithm analysis

    Grades from previous coursework should indicate the ability to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in graduate level courses.

  2. Suggested minimum GRE scores on the general test:
    Verbal - 153/170 (Note: it is understood that non-native English speakers may have scores below this mark.)
    Quantitative - 154/170
    Analytical - 3.0/6.0

  3. Minimum TOEFL or IELTS for International applicants who have no justification for a waiver - see

    TOEFL: 100 (departmental requirement)
    IELTS: 7 (Graduate School requirement)

How to Apply

The Graduate Admission Application Form is filled out online by going to the Online Graduate Application Guidelines page and then logging in. The form may be left unfinished until the deadline. Applicants pay the application fee ($90 for international students, $70.00 for domestic students) upon completion of the online form. Note: Applications sent via courier but not submitted via GradWeb (online application) will NOT be considered.

Items Submitted Online:

  • Personal Statement
  • College/University Coursework
  • Contact Information for Recommendations
  • Writing Sample (optional)
  • Resume or CV (optional)
  • Application for Graduate Employment (Teaching or Research) (optional)


Send official transcripts from all institutions attended as an undergraduate or graduate student to the Office of the Registrar (see for further clarification):

Office of the Registrar
5257 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

Send the Following Items to the Office of Admissions:
Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217
Official TOEFL or IELTS score (International students only)
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - test may be waived if you have received a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. The institutional code (for score submission) is 4846; the Department code is 78. Photocopies of unofficial documents may be emailed to the Graduate Program Coordinator, but are not required.  Official copies are required if admitted and should be submitted at the time of application. 
Electronic Score Submission:
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
Electronic Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores should note that the Institutional code is 4846. Photocopies of unofficial documents may be emailed to the Graduate Program Coordinator, but are not required.  Official copies are required if admitted and should be submitted at the time of application.  PLEASE NOTE:  ETS offers online testing at this time relating to the pandemic.  Please see the following link:  
Other Scoring Information:
SPEAK test (International applicants)
Any International student granted GE teaching funding, but lacking a TOEFL ibt speaking minimum score of 26, or IELTS speaking minimum score of 7, will be required to take the SPEAK test during fall term orientation. For more details on the Graduate School's GE-related policies, see the following link:

Graduate students may be funded through GE positions: Teaching and research. GE research positions are supported from individual faculty advisor's resources.

Incoming Ph.D. students are typically funded through GE teaching positions. In some instances, incoming Ph.D. students are offered their choice of GE teaching or research. Most Ph.D. students (especially those doing systems research) transition to GE research support within their first few years in the program.

The only financial awards offered by our department for M.S. applicants 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 for positions on campus.


CIS Department Graduate Admissions FAQ page.

Division of Graduate Studies Admissions FAQ page.

Division of Graduate Studies International Applicant FAQ page.

Division of Graduate Studies GE Appointment FAQ page.

Related Links
Division of Graduate Studies
The graduate school web site contains information for current and future graduate students at the UO.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Though much of the information at this site applies to Undergraduates, there are still some sections of use to Graduates.
University Housing
Information about housing options both on and off campus at the University of Oregon.
International Student and Scholar Services
Information and resources for International students.
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