Computer Science Graduate FAQ

  1. How do I apply?

Apply at You'll create an account so you can save your application at any stage and also access your status portal after a decision has been made. Within the application, you will be asked to provide basic contact information, your chosen program and semester/term, a statement of purpose, unofficial copies of your transcript, and GRE and English Proficiency scores (if applicable).

  1. When are the application deadlines?

All semester deadlines are listed here.

  1. Could you waive my application fee?

 We do not offer application fee waivers, aside from occasionally as promotions in conjunction with events. Please submit your application or fill out the inquiry form here, to be notified for upcoming events that may offer an application fee waiver.

  1. Do you provide GRE waivers?

GRE scores are mandatory for admission to our PhD and Master's programs. However, the GRE is not required to enter a Graduate Certificate Program. For more information on this, visit

The only other exception for GRE waivers is if a student has graduated from the Missouri S&T campus.

  1. What are the minimum admission requirements for the CS graduate programs?

Please visit our Graduate Catalog for admission requirements.

For International students, English Proficiency tests (IELTS, PTE, or TOEFL) are required. Learn more about international student admission requirements and procedures here.

We also highly encourage Duolingo tests with a minimum score of 105.

  1. How many recommendation letters are required for CS graduate programs?

For PhD admission - 3 letters

For MS programs - 2 letters

Graduate Certificates - no recommendation letters are required

  1. I have a 3-year Bachelor's degree, can I be admitted into the CS Graduate Program?

For PhD and MS programs, we only accept 4 years of Bachelor's. Students with 3-year degrees must have their transcripts evaluated by WES ( or NACES ( for degree equivalency.

  1. Can I submit unofficial scores and transcripts?

All unofficial copies of transcripts and scores can be uploaded to your online application for S&T to review. Upon arrival on campus, you must request that an official copy of your transcript(s) are sent to us directly from your previous University's registrar's office, and all official scores reported directly from the respective testing agency. Once we have received the official documents, we will verify them. If there are any discrepancies between the unofficial and official documents you submitted, Missouri S&T will withdraw admission and you will not be allowed to apply to S&T in the future.

  1. When will a decision be made regarding my application?

once we have received all your required documents, your application will be reviewed and a decision will be made within 2 to 4 weeks. You will receive an email when a decision has been made. At that time, you will be able to login to your status portal to view your decision letter.

  1. Are there any funding opportunities/assistantships/scholarships available?

All assistantships are awarded by the academic department or individual faculty members.

We don't offer Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) in the first semester for newly admitted students. The department policy for GTA positions is to give highest priority to PhD students after their first semester. The second priority goes to MS Thesis students. After joining the campus, students can discuss with their advisors the possibility of being appointed as a GTA.

For Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) positions, prospective students will need to contact individual faculty. The last priority for assistantship opportunity goes to MS Non-Thesis students.

For fellowships, please visit this webpage.

More information on scholarships can be found here. If you request further information, please contact Student Financial Assistance.

  1. How much are tuition and fees to attend the CS program?

You can find the cost of attendance here:

  1. Do I need to pay a tuition deposit?

If you received a scholarship for the Master's program, you will be asked by Graduate Admissions to submit an advanced tuition deposit to secure your scholarships. This will be credited to your first tuition payment and is non-refundable and non-transferrable.


More Information

  • For inquiries regarding MS Non-Thesis & courses being offered, please contact CS Graduate Program Director, Dr. Ricardo Morales (
  • Any other inquiries regarding MS Thesis & PhD should be directed to our Associate Chair, Dr. Sanjay Madria (
  • For inquiries regarding I-20 & Visas, please contact International Enrollment.

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