For application information for the online master’s program, please visit This page contains instructions for applying to the Texas Computer Science on-campus graduate program. For general information about our graduate program, please visit our Prospective Students page. Our Admissions FAQ page also answers many common admissions questions. If you have additional questions, please email

Our application for Fall 2020 admission is now closed. We do not accept applications after the deadline. We will reopen for Fall 2021 applications around October 2020.

Fall 2020 Application deadline: December 1, 2019 (23:59 CST). Please use this checklist to ensure that you are submitting all the materials necessary. Note: For application to the Texas Computer Science graduate program, you are required to submit the following materials via both the ApplyTexas and the CS Department Supplement applications. We recommend starting your application well in advance of the application deadline to ensure that you have sufficient time to submit all materials.

1) Submit via

  • Application for admission
  • Application fee
  • Transcripts (1) – Within 48 hours of the submission of your application, you will receive an email from the Graduate and International Admissions Center directing you to the MyStatus page where you will be asked to upload your transcripts.  Please do not mail these credentials.  For additional information regarding the submission of transcripts to UT-Austin, please see

2) Submit via CS Department Supplement:

  • Statement of purpose - Approximately 2 pages describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study and academic and professional interests and goals. This may include events/experiences that prepared you for CS graduate study and how your interests complement the department's faculty and research.
  • Transcripts (2) - The department will not view the transcripts you upload to the MyStatus page; you must provide us with separate copies through the CS Department Supplement.
  • Three letters of reference – You must supply your references’ names and email addresses to the CS Department Supplement [this information is not downloaded from ApplyTexas]. After you provide their contact information, emails will be sent to your references with instructions on how to upload their letters. Letters should emphasize research experience and academic achievements, particularly in computer science. Your references should submit their letters by December 4, 2019 (17:00 CST) for full consideration.
  • GRE and (international students only) TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Optional: CV and up to three publications. CV should also include a scan of any aid award letter that has award details such as NSF, Fulbright, etc.

3) An official report of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores*. Please request that ETS send official test scores to UT-Austin. (UT-Austin code 6882 – you do not need a departmental code).

4) An official score report for the TOEFL or IELTS (international students only)*. Scores must be sent to the university by the testing agency. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) institution code for the TOEFL is 6882. It is not necessary to use a department code. To fulfill the requirement with scores from the IELTS, have an official paper score report sent to the Graduate and International Admissions Center.

*We cannot waive the GRE requirement for applicants with work experience or advanced degrees. These scores are an important part of our evaluation.

*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.

We want to emphasize that all materials should be uploaded electronically. We will carefully dispose of any paper materials we receive, unless we have requested them.

We do not evaluate applications on a rolling basis. An application is evaluated on its own merits and in comparison to all the applications for a given year. Review typically begins in late December, with decisions made by early spring.