Graduate school can be an overwhelming experience, and sometimes all that stands between you and your success is an understanding of the resources available to you. We can help you with your application process, your studies, your work/life balance, or any other thing that may be concerning you. If the information below does not answer your questions, please arrange an appointment with the graduate director or the academic advisor.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Computer Science MS and PhD admission requirements?
Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach.
- Application Requirements
- Admissions Types
- Graduate Application
- Student Statements
- Official Transcripts
- 3 Letters of Recommendation
- Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate overall GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
- GRE: Recommended 75th (for MS), 85th (for PhD) percentile Quantitative; 50th percentile Verbal; and 3.0 or greater Analytical Writing (Michigan Tech students are exempt)
- TOEFL: Recommended Score of 90 iBT
- IELTS: Recommended Overall Band Score of 6.5
Made beginning on January 1 (for Fall) and October 1 (for Spring)
Fall Semester: May 1
Spring Semester: September 1
Summer: Please contact the Graduate Program Director
For full financial consideration for Fall: February 1
What are the required scores for CS admitted grad students?
There are no cutoff GRE scores. Recommended GRE scores are 75th (for MS), 85th (for PhD) percentile Quantitative; 50th percentile Verbal; and 3.0 or greater Analytical Writing (Michigan Tech students are exempt)
How do I apply?
When is the deadline for submitting an application?
It is recommended to apply by May 1 for the Fall semester and October 1 for the Spring semester. (Contact the graduate director for the Summer semester deadline).
Applications are processed continuously and most are processed within six weeks.
How long does it take to receive a final decision?
It takes approximately six weeks for a decision to be made regarding graduate school applications. Be sure to visit your checklist on your MyMichiganTech account.
What about financial aid? Do I get financial support from the CS Department?
The department awards a few teaching assistantships each year. All students who have been admitted are considered for the open positions. If you receive one of these positions, you will be notified by email. Please visit Financial Aid for any financial aid questions.
Are Graduate Research or Teaching Assistantships open to MS students?
It is unlikely that an MS student will receive a fully-funded GTA/GRA position. These opportunites are primarily awarded to PhD students.
Are other funding opportunities available?
Paid hourly grading positions (which do not include tuition) are open to MS students. These positions are typically assigned the week before classes or the first week of classes. It is hard to predict whether these positions will be available as it depends on department needs.
Can I participate in an internship or co-op during my studies?
In an internship, the student temporarily breaks ties with Michigan Tech and works at a outside company, often returning to their home country or town, and often during the summer semester. The student is not enrolled as a student during this time. More common is a co-op (co-operative work experience) where a student enrolls in one credit of the class, UN5000 credit each semester, to complete the work experience. This sincle credit maintains full time enrollment status for the student. An international student must have completed a minimum of two full time semesters of study before being eligible for a co-op. The duration of an internship or co-op must be less than one year. All co-op and other corporate-student work relationships are handled through Michigan Tech Career Services. More information can be found at mtu.edu/career. Any questions or advice regarding international student status and requirements can be found at mtu.edu/international. Please note that not all students who wish to complete a co-op or internship are able to find one.
Do you accept Duolingo scores?
Under no circumstances do we accept Duolingo. We do accept TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. TOEFL and IELTS are offering at-home exams at this time, and they can be taken in place of in-person testing.
Is the GRE required?
The GRE is required for all PhD applicants, except by special request. The GRE is immensely helpful for the admissions committee to evaluate whether a candidate can meet the performance standard required for the PhD.
Will you waive the application fee?
The Michigan Tech application process is completely free. Go ahead and apply!
Is there a separate application for research and funding opportunities?
No. All decisions of this type are made based upon your application to the Graduate School. You do not need to do anything else.
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