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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Admissions Process

Q: Is it mandatory to have a master’s degree when applying to the Ph.D. program?
A: No, but applicants must have either a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a bachelor's in some other discipline and a master's in computer science.

Q: How do I apply to a graduate program within the Computer Science Department?
A: For step-by-step admission application instructions, please visit the Office of Admission and Enrollment Services.

Q: How do I obtain an application form?
A: Please visit the Office of Admission and Enrollment Services for an online application.

Q: What are the application deadlines?
A: Please visit the Office of Admission and Enrollment Services for domestic and international application deadlines.

Q: What are the graduate application requirements?
A: Please visit the Office of Admission and Enrollment Services to view the complete list of requirements.

Q: What are the minimum GRE scores for the graduate computer science programs?
A: For the M.S. program, a minimum GRE score of 1200 (verbal plus quantitative) is acceptable. For the Ph.D. program, a minimum GRE score of 1300 (verbal plus quantitative) is acceptable. Applicants with borderline scores who also have a high GPA may still be considered by the admissions committee.

Q: What are the TOEFL score requirements?
A: The minimum TOEFL scores are 213 (computer-based), 550 (paper-based) and 80 (Internet-based).

Q: What are the institution, GRE and TOEFL codes?
A: UTD 6897

Q: Where should I mail my application materials?
A: For International and Domestic Applicants:

Office of Admission & Enrollment Services
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Rd.
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

Q: What are my chances of getting into the program?
A: We are not in a position to assess your chances until you apply and go through the admissions process. If you meet the minimum requirements described in the UTD Graduate Catalog, though, your chances of being admitted are high.

Q: When is the admission decision made?
A: If an application packet is complete, processing typically takes six weeks. Applications will be delayed if incomplete.

Q: Is there a time limit for completing the master’s degree?
A: There is a six-year window for completing the 33-hour M.S. degree. All coursework must be completed within the six-year timeframe. This timeframe also applies to all transfer coursework.

Q: Is there a time limit for completing the Ph.D. program?
A: There is a 10-year window for completing the 90-hour Ph.D. program. All coursework must be completed within this 10-year timeframe. This timeframe also applies to all transfer coursework.

 

 

Tuition Costs

Q: What are the tuition and fee costs for graduate school?
A: Please visit the Bursar Office to view the tuition and fees schedule.

 

 

Newly Admitted Students

Q: How do I transfer graduate course credit to UTD?
A: You must first be admitted to the CS graduate program as a degree-seeking student. You may then attend the transfer/waiver seminar held at the beginning of every semester. You would then fill out the necessary transfer petition paperwork and submit official transcripts, course descriptions and syllabi for these courses. All transfer petitions are processed by the Computer Science Department and submitted to the Graduate Dean’s Office and the Office of the Registrar for final approval.

To qualify for transfer credit, the grade earned in the computer science graduate course must be a B or higher, and the course must not be a correspondence or extension course. An M.S. student may petition to transfer no more than 8 graduate credit hours. A Ph.D. student may petition to transfer no more than 36 graduate credit hours. Petitions may be approved at the time of enrollment, but no actual acceptance of transfer credit will occur until after you have completed nine credit hours of courses at UT Dallas with a grade-point average of at least 3.0.

Q: What are the prerequisite courses listed in my admissions letter?
A: Students’ files are carefully reviewed for admission, and all deficiencies are noted for all tracks of study. Students are responsible for completing only those prerequisites listed on the track of study that they choose as a condition of their admittance to the computer science graduate program. Students should see an adviser if they want to initiate a change of tracks after admission. Having all deficiencies listed allows this change to take place in a timely manner rather than forcing students to wait for a new admissions letter. In addition, students must complete all prerequisites for courses listed in the UT Dallas Graduate Catalog before taking those courses. Prerequisite courses are separate from the courses listed in your admissions letter.

Q: How would I apply for waivers of prerequisite courses?
A: Students who wish to apply for waivers should attend the transfer/waiver seminar during their first semester. A waiver is appropriate if you have studied the material in some other course(s) and have received a grade of B or higher. During the transfer/waiver period, students should provide copies of their official transcripts showing grades earned, course descriptions, and a completed and signed waiver form. All paperwork should be submitted to the computer science graduate advising office by the specified deadline.

Q: I’m a newly admitted international student. When will I receive my I-20?
A: The UTD International Student Services Office (ISSO) will work with you to issue your I-20 and answer your immigration-related questions. Please visit the ISSO New Student Procedures page for step-by-step instructions.

Q: Will my I-20 be sent with my admissions letter?
A: You will not receive your I-20 with your official letter of acceptance. The UTD International Student Services Office (ISSO) issues all I-20s for international students. Once an international applicant is admitted to UTD, the ISSO will work with you to issue your I-20 and answer your immigration-related questions. The ISSO will contact you by e-mail after receiving your file from Enrollment Services. Please visit the ISSO New Student Procedures page for more information.

Q: Where can I view a complete list of graduate courses in computer science?
A: Please see the UTD Graduate Catalog.

Q: I have been admitted to the graduate CS program. How many classes should I take during my first semester?
A: Most full-time CS graduate students take nine credit hours per semester, which is equal to three classes, although some students take 12 credit hours (four classes). Taking one or two core courses with one or two electives is advisable. Taking three core courses in one semester is not allowed. Before you register for classes, you will meet with a graduate CS adviser to determine your track of study and to discuss the courses you should take. For a complete list of graduate courses in computer science, please see the UTD Graduate Catalog.

Q: Is there a time limit for completing a master’s degree?
A: There is a six-year window for completing the 33-hour M.S. degree. All coursework must be completed within the six-year time frame. This timeframe also applies to all transfer coursework.

Q: Is there a time limit for completing the Ph.D. program?
A: There is a 10-year window for completing the 90-hour Ph.D. program. All coursework must be completed within this 10-year timeframe. This timeframe also applies to all transfer course work.

 

 

Research Interests

Q: How can I determine whether my research interests are compatible with those of the faculty?
A: Two good sources of information are our brief faculty research summaries and our detailed faculty research summaries.

 

 

Financial Assistance

Q: What types of financial assistance are available?
A: Below are the types of financial assistance for full-time graduate students, and all are highly competitive. (Part-time students are not eligible for financial assistance.) Students desiring financial assistance are encouraged to apply to our graduate program in computer science as early as possible.

Jonsson School Distinguished Graduate Fellows are selected and supported
by the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Please speak to an adviser for more information.

Teaching assistants (TAs) are selected and supported by the Computer Science Department based on students’ academic merit and prior research experience. When students are considered for admission, they are also considered by the department's selection committee for teaching assistantships. There is no need to apply separately. Most of our teaching assistantships are offered to students admitted to start in fall semesters. Students will be informed of any TA support no later than one week after the admission application deadline. (Please note that there are different deadline dates for domestic and international students.)

Research assistants (RAs) are supported by individual computer science faculty through faculty members’ research grants. Prospective students may contact faculty members directly to discuss their research interests and possible RA support. Please view our brief faculty research summaries and our detailed faculty research summaries.

Computer Security and Information Assurance Scholarship Program
UT Dallas invites applications for a graduate-level scholarship for service program, which provides students with a full scholarship for two years in exchange of service in federal government for a period equivalent to the length of the scholarship. The program enables government agencies to recruit from a highly qualified pool of students for internships and permanent positions.

Other Jonsson School Scholarships

 

 

Graduation

Q: How do I apply for graduation?

A: You may apply online at the Office of Graduate Studies. Enter your user name as: campus\net id. You should apply the semester prior to your graduating semester. Recommended application submission dates are listed below. There is no fee for this application unless you miss the deadline date.

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You must have a GPA of at least 3.2 in core graduate courses and an overall UTD GPA of at least 3.0 for all graduate coursework. If your GPA does not meet these requirements, one or more additional 6000-level courses must be taken.

You must also complete a final degree plan. Contact the appropriate Graduate Studies Staff member for completion of your final degree plan:

M.S. students with last names that begin with A-K:
Emily Donaldson, eldonaldson@utdallas.edu, 972-883-4278

M.S. students with last names that begin with L-S:
Rachel Spataro, rachel.spataro@utdallas.edu, 972-883-4194

M.S. students with last names that begin with T-Z:
Eric Moden, eric.moden@utdallas.edu, 972-883-4705

Ph.D. students with last names that begin with A-Z:
Doug Hyde, dhyde@utdallas.edu, 972-883-6612

Q: What should I do after I’ve applied for graduation?
A: You must complete a final degree plan. Contact the appropriate staff members for completion of your final degree plan.

 

 

Current Students

Q: How do I audit a course?
A: The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science does not allow auditing of courses.

Q: Can I replace a grade by retaking a course?
A: Students who wish to repeat a course must complete a Repeated Course Adjustment form in the Office of the Registrar. Up to three courses may be repeated, but no course may be repeated more than once. When a course is repeated, the earlier grade will remain on the student’s record and will be included on all transcripts. The second grade will be used in computing the grade-point average or credit hours for purposes of graduation or determination of probationary status. A notation beside the first grade will indicate that the course has been repeated.

Q: I'm on academic probation. What should I do?
A: Please contact one of the following CS graduate program advisers immediately:

Tim Farage, tfarage@utdallas.edu
Shyam Karrah, skarrah@utdallas.edu
Pushpa Kumar, pkumar@utdallas.edu

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