- 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 MCS program must have a 3.0 or higher GPA in their undergraduate studies.
- 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 .
- Applicants are required to have three letters of recommendation submitted.
- Applicants are required to submit a CV/Resume and a Statement of Purpose.
- The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores are recommended by not required.