Graduate Application FAQs - Criteria for admissions

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I have a background in sciences or engineering, and have taken introductory programming courses but not Computer Science major courses. Can I still be admitted to the graduate program in CS?

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.

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What is the minimum GPA requirement?

The graduate school requires a minimum of 3.0 GPA for admission to any graduate program. However, note that the GPAs of typical admits are significantly higher. Students with exceptionally strong research or work experience but a GPA that is marginally below 3.0 may, in a few cases, be considered for provisional admission.

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I do not meet your English proficiency requirement. Do you offer conditional admission to fulfill the requirements?

We do not offer conditional admission to fulfill English proficiency requirements. English proficiency requirements must be met in order to be considered for admission.

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Do you offer conditional admission?

We offer conditional admission only very rarely, at the discretion of the
admissions committee.

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Is it necessary to have a bachelor’s degree in CSE? Are students without a degree in CSE at a disadvantage compared to other applicants?

A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science is highly recommended, but is not a requirement. Students who have a bachelor’s degree in another field and who can demonstrate a strong computer science background, through employment and/or college-level coursework, may still apply. All applications are evaluated according to the same criteria. Therefore students without a CSE degree must demonstrate sufficient CS background within their application.

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Based on the profile I e-mailed to you, am I eligible for admission?

We receive a large number of emails concerning admission to the graduate program. Profiles or information submitted through email for pre-review will not be evaluated by the admissions committee or the admissions secretaries. The admissions committee will only review applications officially submitted through the application system.

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