Admission to the Graduate Program

Students seeking admission to this program must meet all general requirements of the College. Additional requirements are as follows:

1. A student must have a minimum score of 153 on the quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

2. For applicants whose native language is not English, an IELTS (or TOEFL) score of at least 6.5 (or 79) is required and at least 6.0 (or 61) for Bridge admission.

3. Demonstrable knowledge of programming in a high-level language and operating systems is required. Leveling courses are available for those who have deficiencies in their background.

4. At least 15 hours of mathematics including differential and integral calculus, discrete mathematics and two other courses selected from statistics, linear algebra, abstract algebra, numerical analysis and differential equations.

Students not satisfying both conditions 1 and 2 will not be admitted to the M.S. program in Computer Science. Those students who satisfy both conditions 1 and 2 but who are deficient in other areas may be provisionally admitted to the program and may enroll in graduate level courses.

Computer Science Scholarships

Scholarships are generally offered on the basis of the quantitative portion of the GRE exam and are given at the time the Department reviews the applicant’s application. We do not consider need as one of the reasons for giving aid. The only criteria are GRE scores, undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA), and academic background. Thus, the financial statement that applicants are required to give Lamar University as part of the application process has no influence on whether we offer the student a scholarship or not.

Admission to Candidacy

After removal of all deficiencies and upon completion of an additional 12 hours of graduate credit, the student is required to submit a formal degree plan to the Computer Science Graduate Adviser and the Dean of the Graduate School. Every student must submit a G3 form to the Graduate Studies office before she/he completes the final nine hours of graduate credit in the degree plan.

Admission to candidacy is granted by the Dean of the Graduate School after the degree plan has been approved.