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Computer Science

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Admission Requirement(s): Students interested in completing the MCS degree are strongly encouraged to complete the admissions requirements within the first semester of course work.

  • Applicants to the graduate programs must have been awarded (or about to be awarded) a 4-year bachelors degree equivalent to that granted by the University of Illinois.

  • Applicants applying to the online (I2CS) MCS program must have a 3.2 or higher GPA in their undergraduate studies (international GPAs are systematically converted) to be considered. If an applicant also holds a graduate degree, the GPA for that degree must also be at least a 3.0 or higher. Note: the average GPA of those applicants recommended for admission by the department is much higher (3.7/4.0) than the minimum requirements.

  • Applicants who do not hold a bachelor in computer science must have sufficient background in computer programming, algorithms and data structures, computer organization, and theory of computation (Comparable to CS 125, CS 225, CS 231/232, and CS 173/373 at UIUC). Note: we do not offer undergraduate prerequisite courses online.

  • The online (I2CS) program is restricted to off-campus professionals and is not intended for those who have access to our on-campus courses and programs.

  • Visit http://cs.illinois.edu/prospective-students and click on Apply Now button for complete details.
Students do not need to be admitted to the University of Illinois graduate program to register and participate in an online course. Up to 12 hours taken prior to being admitted (grade of B or higher), will count toward the degree with departmental approval. Taking courses prior to admission does not guarantee admission to the degree program.

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