Admission is competitive among students who fulfill admission requirements for graduate study at the Computer Science Department of George Mason University.

Students seeking admission to the M.S. in Computer Science program must satisfy the following requirements: 

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree, preferably with a major in a technical field such as computer science, mathematics, physics, engineering, or information systems; and have taken Data Structures (CS 310), Formal Methods and Models (CS 330), and Computer Systems Architecture including Assembly Programming (CS 367 and CS 465) or equivalent courses. Students should have completed one year of mathematics beyond first-year calculus, including a substantial course in discrete mathematics (e.g., MATH 125). Students with some deficiencies in preparation may be admitted provisionally pending completion of foundation courses in mathematics or computer science.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate work.
  • Submit transcripts of all post-secondary education.  Unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable for application review. However, upon admission, applicants will need to provide official transcripts before enrolling in the program.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.
  • International students must submit an official GRE General test score report. The GRE is waived for applicants with a US Bachelor's degree or higher.
  • TOEFL or IELTS is required of all applicants whose native language is not English, and who have not received a degree from a university in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.