Admission deadlines: Fall – July 1 (Gateway to CS program participants may apply by August 15 for a fall semester start)
Spring – December 1
Standardized test scores: Applicants are not required to submit GRE scores. Applicants who have not received a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, may be required to submit English language test scores; please follow the link for more information:
Recommendations required: Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation that attest to your abilities, maturity, determination, work ethic, independence, and capacity for studying online. Gateway to CS program participants do not have to submit any letters of recommendation.
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
Statement of purpose: Applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose explaining why you are interested in this program, and why you think you will succeed in an online program.
Additional requirements: GPA of 3.0 in at least three of four Gateway to CS program courses (CSCI 6001, CSCI 6002, CSCI 6003, CSCI 6004) or equivalents (if taken elsewhere) and a current CV.
International applicants only: International students who require a student visa are not eligible for admission to this program.

For additional information about the admissions process visit the SEAS Admissions Frequently Asked Questions page.

Contact for questions:

202-994-1802 (phone)
202-994-1651 (fax)

Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: One 3-credit required course and 27 credits in elective courses.

CSCI 6116Advanced Application Development
27 credits in elective courses, as approved by the advisor. If a student completes the gateway to computer science graduate certificate before beginning the MS program, credit for CSCI 6004 may be counted toward this program as well. Other graduate CSCI courses may be approved by the advisor. The advisor also may approve up to 6 credits of coursework taken outside the department if a compelling case can be made for such coursework.
Suggested elective options
CSCI 4237Software Design for Handheld Devices
CSCI 6004Introduction to Web Development
CSCI 6231Software Engineering
CSCI 6114Introduction to Computer Systems and Systems Programming *
CSCI 6418Unix Systems Administration
CSCI 6431Computer Networks
CSCI 6441Database Management Systems
CSCI 6451Information Retrieval Systems
CSCI 6532Information Policy
CSCI 6561Design of Human–Computer Interface
CSCI 6562Design of Interactive Multimedia
*Students cannot receive credit toward the degree for both CSCI 6011 and CSCI 6114.