Ph.D. Degree Admission Requirements | Computer Science | SIU

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College of Engineering, Computing, Technology, and Mathematics

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. program is highly selective.

Ph.D. Degree Admission Requirements

To be admitted to a Ph.D. program, all applicants must meet Graduate School requirements, as well as computer science program requirements. Students are considered for admission on a rolling admission basis, and priority will be given to the applications which are received and fully completed by December 31.

Graduate School Requirements

International students must submit a TOEFL score or an IELTS. Applicants should have a minimum TOEFL score: 550 (paper), 213 (computer), 80 (iBT); or minimum IELTS score 6.5.

Computer Science Program Requirements

Subject to meeting the admission requirements of the Graduate School, admission requirements for the Ph.D. in computer science consist of:

  • A master's degree in computer science or a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.25/4.0.
  • A copy of your GRE score report must be submitted.
  • In exceptional cases, high achieving students with only bachelor degrees will be admitted to the program. Each student, in addition to the Ph.D. program course requirements, must complete at least 15 semester hours of approved computer science courses including CS 401, CS 420, CS 455, and two 500-level lecture courses, with a minimum accumulated GPA of 3.25/4.0 in those courses. If a specific course, or its equivalent, is already part of the student's academic background, an alternate course will be substituted.