Competitive applicants have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
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) on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who have a degree that is not in computer science or a related field should provide evidence of relevant content knowledge through coursework or work experience. Please detail relevant experience in your CV and statement of purpose.
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.
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 before applying to the online MSCS program:
Your application will be submitted through ApplyTexas.org. In addition to the ApplyTexas application, please review the following requirements and considerations.
Statement of Purpose
Official transcripts from every senior college you have attended are required.
TOEFL or IELTS
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 must be directed to the Graduate and International Admissions Center.
GRE General score
The GRE will be optional for Fall 2023 applicants. There is no minimum GRE test score, however competitive applicants are likely to have GRE quantitative scores in the 80th percentile or above.
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. For example, if you do not have a relevant or related degree (as clarified above) or have not been in school in over 10 years, adding a GRE score will assist the Admissions Committee in their review. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Letters of Recommendation
Although they are optional, up to three letters of recommendation may be included in an application. Recommenders will receive an email with a link to upload their letters and applicants can managed letters through their MyStatus portal.
See application deadlines above.
Please use this admissions guide in the Application Materials section above and click on the embedded links to ensure your application and materials meet the Graduate School and program guidelines. Applying is a twofold process involving both Graduate School and program materials. Applicants are recommended to start the application process early in order to have all required materials received by the final deadline.
1 Apply to the Graduate School at The University of Texas at Austin
The first part of the application process is submitted electronically through GoApplyTexas.
- Create an account or log-in if you already have one.
- Select Start/Edit Profile and complete the section.
- Select Start/Edit Applications.
- Select Start a New Application.
- Select, Four-year college/university.
- Choose University of Texas at Austin (Austin) as the institution to which you would like to apply.
- In the application type section, select the most appropriate option.
- Select the semester of entry.
- Scroll down to Natural Sciences and select Computer Science (MS in Computer Science Online Program) option as the major.
- Continue the application.
- Pay the Application Fee.
- Within 2-3 days of the submitting you will receive log-in instructions so that you can upload applicable required materials. Note: Sending paper copies of documents will significantly delay the processing of your application.
2Check your MyStatus portal and upload applicable items
See Guide for Departmental Requirements and Graduate School Requirements
International Applicants are required to 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. Please visit this site for more information.
3 Send Test Scores
Send official GRE scores to UT Austin (optional)
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
Tuition is the same for U.S. and international students.
Some additional institutional fees may apply.
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.
Each semester, students are extended the following fees when applicable:
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.
UT’s Office of Financial Aid offers the following information on different ways to pay for your degree: