International Students Admissions
An international Master's applicant is a student who wishes to study at our university on an F-1 (student) visa, who has received a post-secondary degree from a regionally accredited college or university within the United States or outside the United States that meets our accreditation standards.
Strict requirements are bold faced.
Admission requires a 3.0 GPA in the upper-division Computer Science courses and at least a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester units (or last 90 quarter units) attempted.
Minimum GRE scores:
- Verbal 143
- Quantitative 155
- Analytical Writing 3.5 (or NEW: 3.0 with TOEFL Writing 20 or above / IELTS Writing 6.0 or above)
TOEFL or IELTS Requirements
All applicants must have (unless they possess a bachelor's degree from a post-secondary institution where English was the principal language of instruction)
- TOEFL score of 80 iBT or above OR
- IELTS overall band score of 6.0 with a writing score no lower than 6.0 and no section score below 5.5 OR
- Duolingo score of 110 or above
Courses needed to make up undergraduate deficiencies:
- CS 311 Data Structures and Algorithms -- You must have passed this class before starting the Master's degree.
- CS 331 Computer Architecture
- CS 351 Programming Languages
- CS 370 Introduction to Software Engineering
- CS 433 Operating Systems
- MATH 270 Basic Discrete Mathematics
If you have 3 courses or less missing, you may be admitted as Conditionally Classified. Upon completion of the remaining units, your status will change to Classified. If you are missing more than 3 courses, you cannot be admitted into the program.
For course descriptions, please see the CSUSM Course Catalog.