Admission & Prerequisites

Application Deadline

Application Process

The application process is centralized at the university and requires TWO steps as described below:

  1. Apply Online at Cal State Apply
  2. Submit official academic records/transcripts to the Admissions Office within three weeks of university application submission. 
  • Effective with the Fall 2021 application cycle, unofficial academic transcripts must be uploaded as part of the Cal State Apply application. Please plan to have them readily available at time of university admission application submission. For Fall admission, transcripts should include coursework completed through the preceding fall term (usually ending in December). For Spring admission, transcripts should include coursework completed through the preceding summer term (usually ending in August). 
  • Be aware: If you are a current (or former) Cal State LA student, the Cal State LA transcript does not need to be submitted to the Admissions Office.
  • If you have studied at an institution outside of the US, you will need to have your foreign academic work evaluated by the International Education Research Foundation (IERF) or World Education Services (WES) for securing admission into the program. 
    • IERF - Visit https://apply.ierf.org/ to create an online application requesting the "Detailed Report". The foreign evaluation fee is $165 (USD). When submitting your course work to IERF please make sure to indicate that you were referred by "CSU Los Angeles-Office of Graduate Admissions" and that you would like to have the official agency copy of the evaluation report sent directly to CSU Los Angeles-Office of Graduate Admissions. 
    • WES - Visit http://www.wes.org/fees/evaltypes.asp to create an online application. You will need to order the course-by-course evaluation report. The cost is $160 for the WES Basic or $205 for the WES ICAP.
    • For steps on how to submit your foreign academic records to these agencies, visit the Admissions and Recruitment page on IERF/WES.
  • If you do not possess a Bachelor's (or advanced) degree from a postsecondary college/university where English is the only language of instruction, you will need to submit official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE test scores to the Cal State LA Admissions Office. Be aware, scores are only valid for two years from exam date.
  • See also https://www.calstatela.edu/admissions/graduate-application-and-admission.

Prerequisites

Applicants must possess a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or a closely related field with overall GPA of 3.0 or better to be considered for full/conditional admission. A promising applicant with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 may be admitted as a special action student. Special action students must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 for four qualifying courses as approved in advance by the department. Prerequisite courses may be required for non-CS students or for students from non-ABET accredited CS programs.

Effective from Spring 2020 admission, students admitted to “Conditionally Classified Graduate Standing” are given up to three prerequisites (based on the evaluation of their transcripts). These three fundamental Computer Science course areas are:

  • Programming (CS 3035)
  • Algorithms (CS 3112)
  • Web (CS 3220)

The Computer Science Department will conduct advisement/orientation sessions (prior to the start of their first semester) for all new incoming graduate students. Students would be guided to set up a study plan to complete all the prerequisites in the first semester. Students admitted under “Conditionally Classified Graduate Standing” can request the opportunity to remove any of the assigned prerequisite conditions by successfully taking an Assessment Test in that area. (See the sample assessment test.) The request should be reviewed and granted by the graduate advisor individually. 

 

Contact Us

For questions regarding MSCS Program Graduate Admissions, please visit the FAQ or contact us:  [email protected]