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Graduate Program

Admission Requirements and Procedures for the M.S. Degree


Admission to the M.S. Program

  • The standard prerequisite for admission is an undergraduate degree in Computer Science or closely related field. For students with non-Computer Science Undergraduate Degrees, admission is contingent on successfully completion of a Principles of Programming course as a Student-at-Large, as well as the other requirements as described below.
  • The Department requires the standard GRE Examination (no special exams).
  • For International students, the department requires the TOEFL or IELTS test. For the TOEFL, the minimum score is 80; for the IELTS, the minimum is 6.5.
  • The numeric scores given above are not absolute; the department considers the entire application as a whole. They are meant only to provide rough expectations and guidance for students who may be in doubt about their chances of acceptance.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required, preferably from academic sources.
  • A statement of purpose is required.
  • Official Undergraduate transcripts are required.
  • For further information, forms, and deadlines, go to the NIU Graduate School Web site: http://www.grad.niu.edu.

Admission as a Student-at-Large

  • Students who
    • Wish to begin coursework quickly
    • Are in some doubt as to whether computer science is a suitable field for them
    • Have been denied admission but wish to demonstrate their interest and ability to do computer science coursework

    may find it advantageous to become a Student-at-Large. Students in this status may be allowed to take courses in the department and, depending on their performance and their own wishes, may later be admitted into the department as a Master’s student.

  • Students should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies for advisement and planning before starting this process.
  • International students on F-1 visas (and possibly other types as well) are not eligible for Student-at-Large status.
  • For further information about Student-at-Large status, forms, and deadlines, go to the NIU Graduate School Web site: http://www.grad.niu.edu.