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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. If you cannot access the application online you can print out a hard copy from the same website. Mail the application and $55 check or money order (in US currency) made out to CSUF to:

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

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


You must arrange for the institutions where you previously studied to send an official transcript to the address above. 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 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher to be considered for admission; your application will be denied if your GPA is lower.

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 Graduate and International Admissions Coordinator at to check the status of your application.

Admission Deadlines

There are not official deadlines for application. However, your application must be received by the Computer Science Department early enough for it to be evaluated and the result given to you so that you can register for classes. You are strongly encouraged to submit your application before the following dates:

  • Fall semester: May 31
  • Spring semester: October 31

International Students

If your native language is not English, you are required to present scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) unless you have attended for at least three years, full-time, an educational institution at the secondary level or above where English is the principal language of instruction. The minimum requirements for TOEFL are 550 for the computer based test and 79 for the internet based test.

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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