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 CSCI 689 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.
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.