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Ph.D. in Computer Science Admission Requirements

The minimum standards for admission to the Ph.D. programs in Computer Science are:

  • A four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science for the Direct program; a Master’s Degree in Computer Science (or a CS-related field) for the Post-Masters program. Applicants must have a high GPA.
  • GRE scores. For the Direct program, the minimum required GRE scores are 310 and 4.0 (Analytical Writing). For the Post-Master’s Ph.D. program, 304 and 3.5 are required. (For the older, pre-August 2011 GRE exam, the required scores are 1200 (Verbal + Quantitative) and 4.0 for the Direct program and 1100 and 3.5 for the Post-Masters Ph.D. program.) In addition, the GRE Quantittive score must be at least 70%. For more information, see Graduate Admission's GRE Requirements.
  • Proficiency in English. For applicants with degrees from schools where the primary language of instruction was not English, a minimum score of 70 on the Internet-based TOEFL or 523 on the paper-based TOEFL, 47 on the PTE, or 5.5 on the IELTS exam is required for admission consideration. If the primary language of instruction was English, a TOEFL/PTE/IELTS score is not normally required, except when requested of applicants with significantly low verbal GRE scores. See Graduate Admission's English Proficiency Requirements for assessments and courses required of students with low TOEFL/PTE/IELTS scores.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation.
  • Personal Statement.
  • Good academic standing, for applicants who are currently pursuing a graduate degree at another university or in another department at IIT. Good academic standing should be confirmed by submitting a transcript for the final semester being taken at the current university.

Admission to the program (especially the Direct program) is competitive and satisfying the minimum requirements for admission does not automatically imply admission. In particular, an applicant's GPA and test scores are only two of several factors considered by the department's Graduate Admission Committee. In addition, all requirements must be met to qualify for admission ‐ one cannot, for example, compensate for a low GRE score with a high grade point average.

For admission deadlines, see Graduate Admission → Prospective Students → Application Deadlines. Applications received after the deadline may not be able to be reviewed by the departments Graduate Admissions Committee before the beginning of the desired semester. Check lists and other detailed information about the application process can be found at Graduate Admission.

Last modified 1/29/2013