Admission to the Graduate Program​

To apply to our M.S. and Ph.D. programs, please use this new link for 2022 applications.     


Semester M.S. Program Ph.D. Program

Spring 2022

International: October 01, 2021

International: October 01, 2021

Domestic: December 01, 2021 Domestic: December 01, 2021

Fall 2022

International & Domestic

January 15, 2022

International & Domestic

January 15, 2022






Late applications may be considered. But this is completely at the discretion of the admission committee. The response time for late applications may be delayed and late applications may not receive full consideration, especially for financial support.


  • Domestic student applications for Spring 2022 will be accepted until December 01, 2021.
  • There is no application fee for domestic applicants to the Ph.D. or M.S. programs.
  • GRE scores are normally required for international applicants.  But for Spring 2022, to accommodate for the disruptions caused by COVID-19, GRE scores will be optional.  However, we recommend that you report official GRE scores using ETS if you have taken the exam.
  • For students who started an application prior to August 4, 2021: The 2021 application system is now discontinued.  To apply for Spring/Fall 2022, please use the new link for 2022 applications at the top of this webpage. Information from 2021 applications cannot be transferred to 2022 applications.



Your application requires all of the following:

  • A statement of purpose, describing your interests and motivation to pursue a graduate degree.
  • A resume or CV, describing your work experience, academic projects, and areas of expertise.
  • Three recommendation letters, from academia or industry. All recommendation letters should be submitted online. For Ph.D. applicants, we highly recommend that a majority of the letters be from academia.
  • Scanned transcripts, please make sure transcript scans are clear and legible or your application will not be reviewed.
  • Test scores:
    • GREs: Please have ETS send your official GRE score to Stony Brook University (institution code: 2548). Normally, GREs are not required for domestic (US citizen or resident) applicants, but GREs are required for international applicants. However, as noted above, for Spring '22 due to COVID-19 disruptions GRE scores will be optional for international applicants as well.
    • English Proficiency:  There are language questions in the online application. If your language answers determine that a language proficiency score is required, then a 'Language Proficiency Form' requirement will populate in your Application Checklist after your application is submitted. In this case, please have ETS send your official TOEFL score to Stony Brook University (institution code: 2548). Or, if you took IELTS or Duolingo instead of TOEFL, please upload a clear and legible copy of your scorecard using the 'Upload Materials' feature in your checklist.

Do not send any official electronic/paper transcripts (or IELTS if applicable) until you receive a specific request. After a review process, students deemed admissible will be asked to have their official transcripts and official IELTS score (if applicable) sent to us by postal or official electronic delivery service. Please do not send us any official transcripts (or IELTS if applicable) until and unless you receive such a request, as paper documents tend to obstruct admissions processes and will likely delay the processing of your file.

Applicants to the CS graduate program are eligible for admission only if they do not already have a graduate degree of the same or higher level in Computer Science.

For additional information, please check our FAQ and the Graduate School's admission web pages.



All students admitted on a full-time basis to the Ph.D. program are offered attractive financial support in the form of teaching or research assistantships and fellowships, together with tuition and fee scholarships.
Students admitted to the M.S. program are generally not offered financial support at the time of admission, but upon arrival some M.S. students do find some form of teaching or research assistantships in the CS or another department on campus. Information regarding tuition, fees, and other costs can be found here


Admission to the graduate program requires a bachelor’s degree.  For MS, we prefer students with CS or related degrees.  Applicants with exceptional promise who lack CS preparation in one or more core areas may be admitted to the program, but will be required to take additional CS courses as specified in their offer letter.  For PhD, we mainly consider an applicant’s potential for first-class research, and expect the applicants to have sufficient academic preparation and strength to succeed in PhD qualifiers.



The Department of Computer Science values diversity and makes admission decisions based on individual merit. Stony Brook University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic predisposition, criminal conviction, domestic violence victim status, veteran status and/or military status and all other protected classes and groups in the administration of its policies, programs, activities, or other Stony Brook University-administered programs or employment. For additional information regarding Stony Brook University’s Policy on non-discrimination, please see: the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy