Application Instructions for Online Students

1.  Auburn University Rankings 

2.  Application Procedure

3.  Your Application Package

4.  Prerequisite Background

5.  Application Deadlines

6.  Assistantships and Fellowships

7.  Faculty Research Interests

8.  Deferral for Admission

9.  Expense Budgets 

10. Application Review

Auburn University Rankings

You are welcome to join the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the Auburn University. Auburn excels in teaching, research, and extension/outreach. For 23 consecutive years, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Auburn as one of the nation's Top 50 Public Universities. Auburn is a comprehensive land, sea, and space-grant institution, among the few to hold that distinction. ranked Auburn #1 as the 2017 Best Value College in Alabama. Auburn ranked 8th in public colleges with high student satisfaction by, 2016.

The faculty members in our department are committed to offer a unique opportunity for our graduate students to develop cutting-edge and in-depth knowledge of computer science and software engineering disciplines. We cater to graduate students with an outstanding aptitude and strong analytic skills for software design and development.

Application Procedure

Regarding applications, all application materials are available at the Graduate School's website (, where you can find the information needed for your applications. You have to apply through the ApplyYourself Website at

Please make sure send your original transcript(s) to our Graduate School (address: Graduate School, 106 Hargis Hall, Auburn, AL 36849; or for Electronic Transcripts), have your referees to upload their recommendation letters to the system, and upload your CV and statement. GRE requirements are waived for domestic students who apply to the online graduate programs. In general, only students who have at least a 3.0/4.0 undergraduate grade point average will be considered for graduate admission.

Your Application Package

Please provide the following information as part of your application package:

  • 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 here:
  • Resume. Please upload with the online application.
  • Statement of purpose. Please upload with the online application.

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.

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.

Assistantships and Fellowships

Assistantships and fellowships are unavailable for online graduate students.

Faculty Research Interests

For details about the research interests of our faculty members, and other information pertaining to our graduate programs, please visit our website below

You may also download our new CSSE graduate student orientation slides here:

From slides 11 to 20, you will locate the research expertise of our faculty members.

Deferral for Admission

Admission to the Graduate School is valid for one year. For example, if you are admitted for Fall 2018, you may enroll anytime during the 2018-2019 academic year (i.e., Fall 2018 or Spring 2019). If you wish to delay admission, please send your request of deferral for admission through an email to Dr. Qin at

Expense Budgets 

Distance education costs can be obtained here:

Application Review

After you complete your application, the Graduate Programs Committee, of which Dr. Qin is the chair, will review the materials and make an admission recommendation to the graduate school.


Last Updated: 9/25/17 1:52 PM