Graduate Admission

The Master of Science (M.S.) is the first graduate degree in the field.  Students entering the program must have a bachelor's degree and/or adequate background in computer science, such as is obtained in an undergraduate computer science program.  

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is the highest degree offered in any discipline. Students may enter the doctoral program with a bachelor's degree or with a master's degree, and must have adequate background in computer science. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate program is competitive. To be considered for admission, you must have:

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution*
  • 3.0 equivalent GPA
  • International students must meet Graduate English Language Proficiency Requirements
  • GRE scores are required** The minimum for acceptance as an MS student is 60th percentile in Quantitative and 25th percentile in Verbal. PhD applicants are expected to be above this minimum. 

*If your bachelor's degree is not in computer science, you must make up the background needed for graduate study before applying for admission. Please see postbac Grad Prep program for details.

**If you completed the Grad Prep program, the GRE is wavied for the MS application. 

Our admission decisions are based on all the information you provide to us. You are welcome to contact the Graduate Advisor at if you'd like to discuss your specific situation. 

Doctoral applicants are screened more carefully than Master's applicants. Students who are interested in applying to the Doctoral program should review the Doctoral Program Requirements information in addition to the application information listed below.

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How to Apply

Applying to Portland State University and the CS department is a single application and is entirely online. Please do not mail any hard copies of documents to the CS department. You will need to create an account before filling out the application. You will be able to save an incomplete application and return at a later date using the log in you create.

Please read the document checklist below before proceeding to the online application. Be prepared to submit the requested documents electronically:

  1. GRE Score report. (If you do not have a copy to upload electronically, official copies can be requested from ETS and sent to School code 4610, Department code 0402). If you have previously taken the GRE as part of another application to a graduate program at a U.S. institution, please contact the Graduate Advisor at  Please note, official GRE scores will be required upon admission to our Department.  The GRE is required for Ph.D. applicants; it can only be waived by the admission committee under exceptional circumstances.

  2. TOEFL or IELTS Score report: International students only. If a copy is not available, please list the date taken, or date to be taken.

  3. Two recommendations: You will be asked to provide contact information for two recommenders, preferably people who know your academic performance and potential. Recommendation letters are also acceptable.  You may submit recommendation letters to the Graduate Advisor to have uploaded to your application.

  4. Transcript(s) from each postsecondary institution you have attended, (including PSU). Unofficial copies of PSU transcripts are accepted.  See the University's requirements on transcripts.

  5. A short personal statement describing your plans, interests and qualifications. Give your background in CS, including any relevant work experience, your primary interests in CS and your reasons for seeking a graduate degree. Please indicate whether you plan to work toward the degree part-time or full-time; if part-time, describe your other employment or major activities. If you are applying for immediate admission to the doctoral program, include a description of your potential research area, the faculty members with whom you hope to do your research, and your reasons for not entering the master's program.

  6. If you will require financial assistance to attend PSU, include a departmental application for a teaching assistantship. You can upload this form at the end of the application in "additional uploads"

  7. Please DO NOT submit the following items:
    1. Participation Certificates for extra curriculars
    2. Screenshots
    3. Photos

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For questions about using this online application form, please contact Please do not submit more than one application.

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Application Deadlines

The official deadlines for submission of all materials to the University are as follows:

Fall* Deadline: March 1st
*Priority deadline for PhD program: December 15th
Winter 2021 Deadline: September 15th

Spring Deadline: November 1st

Please note that these are the dates that the online application closes for the specified term. The application must be submitted by this date. Supporting documents such as test scores and recommendations can arrive after this deadline. 

Financial support, when offered, typically starts in Fall term. The deadlines for international students are anticipated to account for the time required to obtain visas. Applications should be received by the deadline of the term of admission. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed, so applicants are encouraged to complete all requirements prior to submitting the application. If you are unable to do so, please contact the Graduate Advisor at

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Additional Resources

For questions regarding graduate admission, please contact the Graduate Advisor at

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