Computer Science


Program Information:

Program Statement:
    The Department of Computer Science offers a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science as well as a M.S. in Artificial Intelligence.
Degrees Offered:
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
Area(s) of Emphasis:
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Software Engineering and Programming Languages
  • Systems and Networking
  • Theoretical Foundations
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • Master core areas of Computer Science (MS, PhD)
  • Achieve in-depth knowledge in chosen subfield of Computer Science (PhD)
  • Obtain expertise to perform original research that advances Computer Science (PhD)
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate technical concepts and research results (MS, PhD)
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the doctorate: 5.8 years (Methods)
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 2.3 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Department of Computer Science Graduate Admissions
Phone: 515-294-5779
E-mail Address:

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements:
  • Current Resume/CV
  • Unofficial transcripts from ALL universities/colleges attended - Please include the original language and an English translation. Consolidated transcripts are allowed if they show all tests and exams, including retakes. Please include the grading scale for your university/college. World Education Services (WES) and Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) evaluations of international transcripts are accepted starting with Fall 2024 applications.
  • Unofficial degree statement(s) - this isn't required if your degree is still in progress.
  • (3) Letters of Recommendation (LOR) - the application system will automatically send a recommendation request to the email address you provide for each recommender. Please reach out to with any issues related to the letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP) - click here for guidance on writing the SOP.
  • GRE scores - click here for information about the GRE requirement, including applying for a GRE waiver
  • English Proficiency for International Applicants - click here for accept tests and minimum requirements
  • Passport/Immigration card - you can wait to upload this until you receive the admission decision.
  • Financial Support Documents - you can wait to upload this until you receive the admission decision. Please submit a bank statement and/or letter from an official sponsorship agency (including government) showing equivalent to one year's expenses. If you have any government or other scholarships, please include the letter. The amount you need to show can be found at The form at may be helpful in planning your financial documents.
  • MS Application Deadlines
  • PhD Application Deadlines
  • Application Fee - we offer a delayed payment of the application fee. Admitted applicants who accept their offer of admission will pay the fee on their first university bill (u-bill) after enrolling in classes. All other applicants (those who are not admitted and those who do not accept their admission offer) are not required to pay an application fee.
  • Program Requires GRE: Yes
  • Program Requires GMAT: No
  • Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 53
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    See detailed deadlines for Spring 2025 applications at Fall 2025 applications will open September 1, 2024.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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