Admission requirements

  • Academic indicators:
    • GPA of at least 3.0
    • GRE general exam combined score (V+Q) > 300, with a verbal score of at least 150, a quantitative score of at least 150, and a written score of at least 3 
    • GRE CS subject area exam is optional
  • Language indicators:
    • TOEFL iBT score of at least 79, with a minimum of 16 on each of four component parts (reading, listening, speaking, writing)
    • or, IELTS score of at least 6.5 
  • Prerequisite background: We welcome students into our program who have earned degrees in other disciplines; however, to be admitted to the program, we expect students to have roughly the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree in computer science.  Specifically, we require prospective students to have demonstrated knowledge in the following areas:
    • C, C++, or Java
    • Data structures
    • Analysis of algorithms
    • Discrete structures
    • Operating systems
    • Computer organization
    • Software design

This prerequisite prescription is largely dependent on the individual applicant's background and job experience. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis and the above model may be considered as the worst case scenario for most applicants. Please note that these prerequisites are not available through our distance education program.

Submitting an application

Please provide the following information as part of the application: 

  • Online application
  • Official GRE scores
    • Please use a school code of 1005 and a department code of 5199
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (for international students)
    • Please us a school code of 1005 and a department code of 99
  • Official transcripts of previous coursework (one copy is needed per university)
  • Transcripts should be sent to the Graduate School.
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Recommendations should be submitted through the application system.
    • Please note that we have no specific form for recommendations; those who write recommendations may use any format they choose.
    • Applicants are also strongly encouraged (but not required) to ask their recommenders to complete the ETS Personal Potential Index (PPI) in addition to writing letters of recommendation. If you registered for the GRE on or after May 1, 2009, or have registered to take the GRE, you can send up to four evaluation reports free as part of your test fee. Please enter your name exactly as it appears in your registration. To sign up for the PPI, create an ETS PPI applicant account
  • Resume
    • Please upload with the online application.
  • Statement of purpose
    • Please upload with the online application.

We don't automatically discard applications that fail to meet these requirements. We take a "whole person" approach to evaluating applications to our graduate program. Instead of just looking at a single test score (or grade point average), we take into account all the information that you provide us: GRE scores, transcripts, recommendations, etc. If one measure is below our minimum, we expect other items to be commensurately high enough to balance it.

Application deadlines

Application packets must be complete by Feb. 15 to receive priority consideration for funding for the fall semester. May 15 is the latest an application can be accepted and still provide enough time for processing at the university level. The corresponding dates for the spring semester are Aug. 15 and Sept. 15. Please note that applications are accepted and evaluated after these deadlines; however, this may delay the desired starting semester.

Financial support

All new students, both domestic and international, are automatically considered to be candidates for GTA positions. There is no special process to apply for these jobs. Appointments are offered based on student skills and departmental needs.

  • Teaching Assistantships: $1000 - 1,500 per month stipend + tuition waiver. Summer funding is limited.
  • Research Assistantships: $1000 - 1,500 per month stipend + tuition waiver.
  • Ph.D applicants with a masters degree in computer science, software engineering, or computer engineering are given preference in assistantship consideration.
Other information
  • International applicants who are invited to join our graduate program will be asked to provide financial documents as part of the paperwork to obtain a student visa. The computer science and software engineering department does not need those documents to make an admission decision. The documents can be provided after an admission decision has been made.
  • Information on the cost of attending Auburn University in residence can be found at Tuition and Fees. Distance education costs can be obtained from the Electronically-Delivered Graduate Education (EDGE)office.

Last Updated: 8/19/16 2:33 PM