Admission Requirements

Academic Indicators:

  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • GRE general exam combined score (V+Q) > 300, with a verbal score of at least 150, a quantitative score of at least 150, and a written score of at least 3 
  • GRE CS subject area exam is optional

Language Indicators:

  • TOEFL iBT score of at least 79, with a minimum of 16 on each of four component parts (reading, listening, speaking, writing) or,
  • IELTS score of at least 6.5

Prerequisite Background:

We welcome students into our program who have earned degrees in other disciplines; however, to be admitted to the program, we expect students to have roughly the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree in computer science.  Specifically, we require prospective students to have demonstrated knowledge in the following areas:

  • C, C++, or Java
  • Data structures
  • Analysis of algorithms
  • Discrete structures
  • Operating systems
  • Computer organization
  • Software design

This prerequisite prescription is largely dependent on the individual applicant's background and job experience. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis and the above model may be considered as the worst case scenario for most applicants. Please note that these prerequisites are not available through our distance education program. We don't automatically discard applications that fail to meet these requirements. We take a "whole person" approach to evaluating applications to our graduate program. Instead of just looking at a single test score (or grade point average), we take into account all the information that you provide us: GRE scores, transcripts, recommendations, etc. If one measure is below our minimum, we expect other items to be commensurately high enough to balance it.

Other information

  • International applicants who are invited to join our graduate program will be asked to provide financial documents as part of the paperwork to obtain a student visa. The computer science and software engineering department does not need those documents to make an admission decision. The documents can be provided after an admission decision has been made.
  • Information on the cost of attending Auburn University in residence can be found at Tuition and Fees. Distance education costs can be obtained from the Electronically-Delivered Graduate Education (EDGE)office.

How to Apply to the Graduate Programs in Computer Science and Software Engineering?

  • Instructions for Prospective Domestic Students: Available Formats: HTML | PDF
  • Instructions for Prospective International Students: Available Formats: HTML | PDF
  • Instructions for Prospective Online Students: Available Formats: HTML | PDF

Last Updated: 9/12/19 5:33 PM