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Prospective Ph.D. Students


  • January 15th: Application deadline for Fall semester admissions.
  • September 1st: Application deadline for Spring semester admissions
  • Late Applications: Full consideration will be given to applications received by the deadline. Late applications are considered depending on availability of resources.


Submit your application online through Graduate Division. The CS program requires the following Supplemental Documents to be uploaded with your application:

  • Statement of Objectives/Purpose. This document explains why you wish to pursue a graduate degree and your career objectives.
  • Three letters of reference. Enter the names and e-mail addresses of reference letter writers via the Graduate Division’s Supplemental Documents upload site. Your letter writers will submit their confidential letters directly to the Graduate Division.

When Graduate Division determines that your application is complete, your application will be forwarded to the ICS Department. Note: ICS does not collect the application fee, and thus cannot waive it. You may request a waiver from Graduate Division at, but they routinely deny such requests.

Minimum Requirements

An applicant may be admitted with a Bachelor’s degree or with an M.S. degree. Applicants with Bachelor’s degrees must satisfy the admission requirements of the ICS master’s program.


The GRE General Test is suggested but not required due to the logistical and financial challenges they pose to some students. If you send them, GRE scores should be sent to us directly from ETS (Institution code: 4867; Department code: 0402).

International Students

Graduate Division requires that international applicants whose native language is not English take either the TOEFL or the IELTS. More information on the requirements is available on the English Proficiency page of the Graduate Division website. See also additional information for international applicants.


See the prospective FAQ. Questions about submitting an application should be directed to Graduate Division. Questions about the program should be emailed to ICS Graduate Chair.