The following is a list of requirements that are considered as prerequisites for admission to the M.C.S. program:
A candidate must be a professional working in the computer science field or a closely related field in the United States, typically within the Twin Cities area, at the time of application.
A candidate must have a prior undergraduate or graduate degree in a major with a substantial background in computer science & engineering.*
A candidate must have a demonstrated ability to maintain a 3.0 GPA or greater. (There is no minimum GPA requirement to be eligible to apply. Admissions is based on a holistic review of all application materials provided.)
Note on the GRE: We do not require or accept GRE scores as part of the application process. While you will see a section in the application to enter GRE test scores and upload an unofficial score sheet, please do not enter this information or send your official GRE test scores for our program. GRE test scores that are submitted as part of an application for our program will not be reviewed.
The following material should be included in the Graduate School application:
Concisely discuss your computer science educational, research, or industrial background as they relate to your objectives. Include any unique experiences relevant to the research you have done. Discuss why you are applying to the University of Minnesota. Please include names of faculty members and research groups at the University of Minnesota whose research is of interest to you. Use this area to list any extenuating circumstances, such as poor grades or test scores. (4000 character limit)
This is only required of domestic applicants. A 4000-character limit (not including spaces) is recommended. International applicants do not need to complete this statement, but they are welcome to complete a statement.
The statement should cover how your background, experiences, and achievements will contribute to the University's and our Department’s goal of promoting excellence through diversity and inclusion. If applicable, you should mention hardships or obstacles you have overcome to complete your undergraduate education. Some University of Minnesota graduate student applicants will be considered for funding opportunities, like the DOVE Fellowship, based on their diversity statement.
Potential areas to address include:
Hardships you have faced and overcome;
First-generation college student;
Non-traditional attributes for computer science/data science;
Your lived experience as influenced, informed, or affected by your diverse identities;
Your commitment to working toward achieving equity and enhancing diversity within the field of computing, STEM, or within your community;
International travel which changed your perspective;
Special talents; and
Anything unique you would contribute to the program.
You must indicate all the colleges and graduate schools you have attended. Unofficial transcripts must be uploaded directly to the admissions application per these instructions. Official transcripts are required for those students admitted to the program. Do not fax or mail hard copies of your transcripts to the department.
Language test scores
Please note that the MCS program is for primarily focused on supporting professionals already working in the United States who wish to be part-time students. International applicants who are not working in the United States should consider applying to the the Computer Science MS program instead of this program.
International students must send official TOEFL or IELTS scores. For more information on minimum test score requirements, visit the Graduate School’s information page. Please note that official scores will appear in your application AFTER you submit the application and pay the fee.
Please allow 4-6 weeks for scores to be sent and matched to your application by the Graduate School. If you have already submitted an application, check your application status to find out if the Graduate School has received your official test scores. Inquiries should be sent to email@example.com as our department does not process these scores.
3 letters of recommendation
Provide the name and e-mail address and other requested information for three recommenders through the university system.
The CS&E department does not accept hard copies of recommendation letters, they must be submitted through the online system.
Letters of recommendation should arrive by the posted application deadline.
CV or Resume
This should include:
Educational background and degrees
Teaching or research experience
A list of papers/publications (URLs included)
Computer languages in which you are proficient
Other information that will advance your application can be uploaded in PDF or text format, PDF is preferred
Unfortunately, the CS&E department is unable to review your application material prior to submission or make document corrections once your application has been submitted.
Graduate School Admissions
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