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Apply to study computer and information science

As a computer and information science student in the School of Science, you’ll earn a Purdue University degree. But you’ll also have access to the best programs of Indiana University.

When you’re ready to apply, follow the guidelines listed on this page.

Undergraduate admissions

Our undergraduate students enter the School of Science as direct admits or through University College.

Either way, you will follow the same degree requirements.

Learn how to apply as an undergraduate student

Graduate admissions

In order to join us as a Computer and Information Science graduate student, you must meet the minimum admission requirements of the Graduate School as well as our departmental requirements.

Learn more about general admissions procedures

Graduate program general requirements

To be admitted, you must have a grade point average (GPA) equivalent to at least 3.00 in all your courses, including computer science and mathematics coursework. If your institution does not use a letter grading system and does not publish an official algorithm for converting its grades to such a system, then we expect you to be in the top 10 percent of your class.

You must also submit the following:

  • Graduate Record Examination—scores are required for admission (no specific minimum score requirement). GRE School Code: 1325, Department Code: 0402.
  • TOEFL—If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate English proficiency. Only TOEFL scores from a single test occurrence that meet all minimum requirements are acceptable. We cannot combine scores from multiple tests to meet requirements, or accept TOEFL “MyBest Scores.”

Requirements by degree program

Applicants must have a four-year bachelor’s or equivalent degree. Interested students with a three-year degree should contact the department for information. Applicants who do not have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related field may be required to take prerequisite courses and pass with a grade of B+ or higher.

Applicants must have a four-year bachelor’s or equivalent degree in computer science, mathematics, data science, statistics, engineering, or a related field. Interested students with a three-year degree should contact the department for information.

For those candidates who do not have background in the aforementioned fields, case-by case evaluation will follow.

Students will be admitted to the Department of Computer and Information Science  if they applied to this department and will be admitted to the Department of Mathematical Sciences if they have applied to the Department of Mathematical Sciences. The graduate committee of each department will be responsible for evaluating the case-by-case applications.

Applicants must have a four-year bachelor’s or equivalent degree. We place great weight on the quality of the institution. The applicant must have adequate computer science background, as determined by the admissions committee.

Applicants who begin a graduate program in computer science at another institution should complete at least a year in that program before applying to us. If the program is a doctoral program, evidence of eligibility to continue that program is required.

 

Applicants must have a four-year bachelor’s or equivalent degree. Interested students with a three-year degree should contact the department for information. Applicants who do not have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field may be required to take prerequisite courses and pass with a grade of B+ or higher.

Deadlines for graduate applicants

For fall semester

Ph.D., M.S. (required for University Fellowship consideration):
January 15

For fall semester

Ph.D., M.S., and Graduate Certificates (all applications):
April 1

For spring semester

Ph.D., M.S., and Graduate Certificates:
September 15