Master of Computer Science Online

Admissions & Application

Spring 2021 Application Now Open

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Important Dates

  • Sep 15

    Spring 2021 Priority Deadline

  • Oct 15

    Spring 2021 Regular Deadline

  • Jan 19

    Spring 2021 Semester Begins

If you are applying by the priority deadline, the application, application fee, transcripts, test scores, CV, personal statement and letters of recommendation* should be received by the priority deadline.  Otherwise, everything should be submitted by the regular deadline. (*optional)

Requirements for Admission

Your application will be submitted through In addition to the ApplyTexas application, please review the following requirements and considerations:

  • A satisfactory score on graduate level entrance exam
    • There is no minimum GRE test score, however competitive applicants are likely to have GRE quantitative and verbal scores in the 80th percentile or above.
    • The GRE requirement will be waived for all applicants for the spring 2021, summer 2021, fall 2021, and spring 2022 semesters. Students may continue to submit official GRE scores for consideration, but they will not be required to do so. Providing GRE scores can bolster your application if there are aspects of your application that you feel may be not as competitive as others. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at
    International applicants must have a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or IELTS exams.

    For more information, please see UT Austin’s requirements for International Students support page. Any questions about the English Proficiency requirement need to be directed to GIAC at
    • The minimum scores considered acceptable for admission by the Graduate School are:
      • TOEFL: 79 on the Internet-based test (iBT)
      • IELTS: An overall band of 6.5 on the Academic Examination
  • GPA
    Competitive applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Relevant Education/Background

    A bachelor’s degree in computer science from a regionally accredited institution. Other degrees may be considered (particularly in related fields such as electrical engineering, computer engineering or mathematics). Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who do not have a computer science or related degree should provide evidence of relevant content knowledge through coursework or work experience. Please detail relevant experience in your CV and personal statement.

    Applicants should have an extensive background in computer science or related sciences. Level of knowledge will be assessed by review of a student’s coursework and/or professional experience.

See below for a list of courses that are recommended for completion before applying to the online MCSO program.

The Admissions Committee recommends that applicants who do not have a bachelor’s degree in computer science have prior coursework or experience equivalent to the following UT Computer Science core undergraduate courses:

Application Process

See application deadlines above.

Submit applications by April 15 for consideration for the Fall 2020 semester. It is best practice to submit your application a few days before the application deadline to allow the Graduate School to process your information and set up the MyStatus account.

1 Apply to the Graduate School at The University of Texas at Austin

Applications are submitted electronically through ApplyTexas.

  1. Create an account or log-in if you already have one.
  2. Select Create a New Application.
  3. Select, Create a new graduate school admissions application.
  4. In the Target University, you choose University of Texas at Austin (Austin).
  5. In the type of application, choose the most appropriate option.
  6. Select Fall (Aug-Dec) 2020 for the semester of entry.
  7. Scroll down to Natural Sciences and select and select Computer Science (MS in Computer Science Online Program).
  8. Continue on with the application.

Please Note:

  • You may include the names and email addresses of up to three individuals who will serve as references. They will receive an email with a link to upload a reference letter. Please note that including references is optional.
  • A statement of purpose must be submitted via the MyStatus site as a "Statement of Purpose" document. Candidates should limit their submission to two pages describing their reasons for pursuing graduate study, academic and professional interests and goals. It may also include events/experiences that prepared you for CS graduate study.
  • The CV/resume will be uploaded as a "CV or Resume" document. Within 48 hours of the submission of your application you will be able to upload your CV.
  • Pay Application Fee. Your application is not complete until the fee is paid.

Application Fee

Pay the application fee of $65 for US applicants and $90 for international applicants online or through the Admissions Center.

2 Submit Transcripts from All Colleges and Universities Attended

After you have submitted your application you will receive an email that contains a link to the MyStatus website where you will be able to upload additional documentation including transcripts, personal statement, and resume. When uploading transcripts, upload PDF copies of official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities you have attended. If you are offered admission, you will be required to have official transcripts sent to the University of Texas Graduate Admissions and International Center. For more information on how to send your transcript, see Graduate Admissions.

3 Send Test Scores

Send official GRE scores to UT Austin

Reference UT Austin code: 6882.

ETS should send your test scores to:
Graduate and International Admissions Center
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box 7608
Austin, Texas 78713-7608

Send official English proficiency exam scores (if applicable)

International applicants must submit either an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report demonstrating an adequate knowledge of English. The Institutional TOEFL (ITP) is not accepted.

International applicants who are from a qualifying country are exempt from this requirement. Additionally, applicants are exempt from the requirement if they possess a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution or a qualifying country. The requirement is not waived for applicants who have earned a master's—but not a bachelor's—degree from a similar institution. For more information about TOEFL scores and graduate admission visit the graduate admission page.

All application materials received by the Admissions Center will be available to the Computer Science Admissions Committee.

4 Review Status and Upload Additional Documents

Visit MyStatus to monitor reference requests, upload your curriculum vitae or resume, submit additional items such as publications, resend a request, add a new recommender, and revise your FERPA waiver.

Tuition & Fees

Full Program

10 Courses

Per Course

$333 per
credit hour


Some additional institutional fees may apply.

Tuition and fees are the same for U.S. and international students.

Employer Tuition Reimbursement

Students are encouraged to seek tuition reimbursement through their employer. If you work at a company that offers tuition benefits, speak with your manager or HR department to see what’s available to you.

Financial Aid

Graduate students pursuing a master’s online may apply for federal, state and institutional financial aid programs administered by the Office of Financial Aid by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Please contact OFA at (512) 475-6282 for more information regarding these loans. Students are also encouraged to check with a lending institution of their choice for other possible student loans. In order to apply for a federally-backed educational loan, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once this form has been submitted, you may also sign up to receive your Financial Aid Notification (FAN) electronically. You will need to complete the FAFSA each fiscal year (October 1st) if you wish to receive aid. It is important to note that your application is completed based on your income tax filing for the previous year and your award will be for the Summer and Fall of the application year and the Spring in the following year. The 20/21 FAFSA form asks for 2018 tax information. If you're filling out the 19/20 FAFSA form, you'll need your 2017 tax information. The 19/20 FAFSA will cover fall 2019, spring 2020 and summer 2020. Then the 20/21 FAFSA will cover fall 2020, spring 2021 and summer 2021. If you plan to take summer classes you must have both the 19/20 and 20/21 FAFSA applications on file in order to qualify for financial aid. It is important to pay attention to all communications received in regards to your financial aid in order to avoid delaying your payment. We also encourage students to check their CASH pages weekly to ensure no new items are pending.

Visit financial aid at UT Austin for more information.

Additional Resources

UT’s Office of Financial Aid offers the following information on different ways to pay for your degree:

Take the Next Step

Advance your computer science career with UT Austin's Master of Computer Science Online.