Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Completed Application for Graduate Admission and non-refundable application fee (waived for Seattle University alumni). Apply Online.
  • A four-year Bachelor's degree, in computer science or related discipline, earned at a regionally accredited institution. For those without a CS degree, admission may be conditional on completion of prerequisite courses.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 calculated with coursework from all post-secondary educational institutions attended in the last 90 quarter/60 semester credits of your bachelor's degree and any post-baccalaureate coursework.

Application Requirements

  • A 1-2 page letter of intent.
  • Receipt of 2 academic or professional recommendations using the MSCS recommendation form.
  • Academic Transcripts: All applicants are required to submit one copy of official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended. Official transcripts are defined as original documents issued by the institution that bear the actual signature of the Registrar -- not a photocopy -- and the seal of the issuing institution. Do not, however, send the original of an academic record that cannot be replaced; obtain a properly certified copy instead.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): GRE scores on the General (Aptitude) test are required for admission. The test must be taken within the last five (5) years before the desired date of admission. 
  • If English is not applicant's native language, official TOEFL paper-based score of 580 (92 internet-based) required. Equivalent IELTS or PTE scores are also accepted. Please visit the Graduate Admissions International Students page for more information.
  • In addition to the required official set of transcripts, degree certificates and/or graduation certificates as described above, all international applicants must also submit a detailed course-by-course report of external evaluations by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) ( or Educational Perspectives (EP) ( Please visit the Graduate Admissions International Students page for more information.

Application Deadlines

Domestic July 20 November 20 February 20
International April 1 September 1 December 1

If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact us at or by phone at (206) 296-5510.