Graduate Admissions

Application Deadline

Our next application cycle is for Fall 2023.  Application will open September 16, 2022.  Application deadline for Ph.D. is December 15, 2022.  M.S. application deadline is 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: 7.0 overall band score (Graduate School requirement)

How to Apply

The Graduate Admission Application Form is filled out online by going to the Division of Graduate Studies Application Management Page and creating an account to start a new application. The application 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 Slate (online application) will NOT be considered.

Items Submitted Online:

  • Personal Statement
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended, including the University of Oregon.
  • Contact Information for Recommendations
  • Writing Sample (optional)
  • Resume or CV (optional)


At the time of application, applicants must submit unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended, including the University of Oregon. Unofficial transcripts are uploaded as part of the online application.

Unofficial transcripts should show all coursework taken to date and, if applicable, the title of the degree earned and the date the degree was conferred. Applicants must provide English translations if the documents are issued in a language other than English.  Please see: for further clarification.  Mail transcripts to:

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. Photocopies of unofficial documents may be emailed to the Graduate Program Coordinator, but are not required.  Official copies are required if admitted. 


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.  For Fall 2023, GRE's are not required but strongly encouraged. For students who cannot submit GRE scores, we will look for equivalent evidence of quantitative, verbal, and analytical skills. We recommend including a description of supporting evidence in the statement of purpose.
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 7.0 overall band, or who received a B.S. or higher at a U.S.  university (where scores can be waived), will be required to take the SPEAK test before or during fall term orientation. For more details on the Division of Graduate Studies' 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.  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 each term and considered for future positions in the Department. Those in the "pool" are considered on a term-by-term basis.  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.

Fee Waiver
University of Oregon Department of Computer Science has a limited number of need-based fee waivers, which cover graduate application fees for a domestic or international student. If you are interested in a fee waiver, please request here.  Please include a short paragraph explaining why you need assistance paying for the fee.  Deadline for PhD fee waiver request is December 1, 2022.  Deadline for MS fee waiver request is February 1, 2023.  

CS 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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