- When is the application deadline?
- What term can I apply for?
- What do I submit?
- What is the status of my application?
- My undergraduate degree is not in CS; is this OK?
- What are the minimum test scores needed for admission?
- What are the minimum grades needed for admission?
- What are the chances for financial aid/assistantship for an MS?
- How can I demonstrate that I meet the spoken English requirements?
- How can I learn more about the research happening at UO in CIS?
- Where do I learn more about tuition and fees?
- Where can I learn about graduate studies in general at UO?
- I am an International applicant - where can I find more information?
- 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.
- 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).
- 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 the Registrar. 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 via email, and self report them in the online application.
- 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 (applications may show as pending for some time), and little feedback is given. That said, if there is a problem with your application, you will be contacted by UO.
- My undergraduate degree is not in CS; is this OK? We expect our incoming graduate students will have undergraduate-level expertise in the following:
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 consult our Undergraduate Foundations Track, and compare it to your previous course work. You can find it by scrolling down to this page.
- What are the minimum test scores needed for admission? GRE scores lower than these suggested minimums will not generate an automatic denial. Students below the suggested GRE minimum scores are sometimes accepted, as other factors are considered. In particular, it is understood that non-native English speakers will have lower GRE-Verbal scores. Due to the 2020 pandemic, ETS does offer "at home" testing - please see https://www.ets.org/s/cv/important-update/. For Fall 2021, GRE's are encouraged but not required. While strong GRE scores will certainly strength an application, applications with no GRE scores will not be penalized, and will be given full consideration.
- What are the minimum grades needed for admission? The minimum required GPA for M.S. applicants is 3.0, and a 3.5 or higher is preferred for Ph.D. 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.
- What are the chances for financial aid/assistantship for an M.S.? 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 https://gradschool.uoregon.edu/funding/ge/ge-openings for other positions on campus.
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 Graduate School 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.
- 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:
If not, a SPEAK test is required after arrival at UO in the fall.
- How can I learn more about the research happening at UO in CIS? We recommend you look at this page: CIS Research.
- Where do I learn more about tuition and fees? We recommend you look at this page: registrar.uoregon.edu/costs - Registrar's Office.
- Where can I learn about graduate studies in general at UO? We recommend you look at this web site: gradschool.uoregon.edu - Graduate School.
- I am an International applicant - where can I find more information? We recommend you look at this web site: isss.uoregon.edu - International Student and Scholar Services, Division of Global Engagement.