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Graduate Admission

To apply to the MS in Computer Science program, submit an application and pay the $55 application fee online at CSU Mentor.

Your application be received faster and therefore processed more quickly if you apply and pay online. Your application cannot be processed until payment has been received.

Please visit the  ECS Graduate and International Admissions  website for more information.


You must arrange for the institutions where you previously studied to send an official transcript to

ECS Admissions
College of Engineering and Computer Science
California State University, Fullerton
P.O. Box 6870
Fullerton, California 92834-6870

Transcripts are required for any college or university you attended since high school. If your transcript does not indicate that you have received your bachelor's degree, a degree certificate showing proof that you have received your bachelor's degree is also required. Transcripts and degree certificates issued in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. You must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50 (A=4.0) in last 60 semester/90 quarter units or a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

You do not have to take the GRE to be admitted to the Computer Science Graduate Program.


After your application and its supporting documents (transcripts, TOEFL score, and so forth) have been received, it usually takes 3-4 weeks for us to evaluate your application. The Graduate Coordinator will determine whether the prerequisite courses you have taken are equivalent to those that we offer. For courses offered by other departments, such as Mathematics, the appropriate department will make the determination. This step may take a couple of weeks. The final recommendation, including any prerequisite deficiencies, is sent by the Graduate Coordinator to the Graduate and International Admissions Coordinator. You will receive official notification of the admissions decision from the Office of Admissions & Records, but you can contact the  ECS Graduate and International Admissions Office at to check the status of your application.

Admission Deadlines

A CSUF application and all supporting documents   (official transcripts from all institutions attended, marksheets, degree certificate, and official TOEFL/ IETLS sores) must be received by the ECS Graduate and International Admissions Office by the date below:

Fall Semester (Begin Accepting Applications October 1st)

International: April 15

Domestic: June 16

Spring Semester (Begin Accepting Applications August 1st)

*Computer Science & Electrical Engineering are closed for Spring 2015  

International & Domestic: November 1    

International Students

If your native language is not English you must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores before your application can be processed. If you received instruction in English in a school outside of the United States you may be exempt from the TOEFL if you have completed 72 units at an English-speaking university.

•TOEFL score is a 550 paper-based or 80 internet-based

•IELTS score is a 6.5

The TOEFL score report must be sent directly to CSU Fullerton from Educational Testing Service (ETS). The institution code for CSU Fullerton is 4589.

Transcripts and degree certificates issued in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

International Student Financial Statement and Affidavit and bank statement are required to issue an I-20.

The Computer Science Department has no additional requirements beyond those of the University.

Additional information about applying for the MS in Computer Science can be found at for domestic graduate students or for international students.
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