Admissions

Prerequisites
  • 4-year Bachelor's degree--or a 3-year degree followed by a Master's--in Computer Science or closely related field covering material at least equivalent to Duquesne University's undergraduate majors-level courses in operating systems, algorithms, and their prerequisites.  We also expect a first course in calculus, such as Calculus I or a business calculus course.
    • Applications from students who have completed only a 3 year undergraduate degree without a master's degree will not be considered.
    • Students without all of the appropriate coursework might be admitted provisionally, but if so they will be required to satisfactorily complete missing foundational courses as specified above before taking any graduate courses. This foundational coursework will not count towards the necessary graduate credits.
  • The GRE examination is not required for admission, but is recommended for all applicants and is required for applicants wishing to be considered for an assistantship.
Application Materials
  • An online application.
  • Official transcripts of prior academic work. International transcripts must be evaluated by a third party.
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a reference who can comment meaningfully on your prior academic performance.
  • A personal statement of at most 500 words that explains why you are applying to the MSCS program and provides any other information you wish the Admissions Committee to have.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae.
  • GRE general exam scores: recommended for admission, required for assistantship applications.  The Duquesne institution code is 2196 and the MSCS department and major field code is 0402.
  • For international students who do not waive language testing, TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores no more than one year old.

The Admissions Committee does take your entire application into consideration when making admission decisions. If you have questions about your qualifications, please contact the Graduate Director as directed in the left sidebar of this page.

Visit the Graduate School of Liberal Arts application page for more application details and a link to the online application system. Note that our program does not require a writing sample, only a personal statement.

International Students 

For students who do not have an approved waiver of language testing, regular admission to the MSCS program requires language scores of 80 TOEFL (iBT), 6.5 IELTS, or 105 Duolingo English Test.  NOTE: If COVID-19 disruptions prevent you from taking language tests, please contact us using the left sidebar information. For students with scores somewhat below the required minimums, Duquesne's Pathway Program for the Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) program is designed for international graduate applicants who want to improve their English language skills while starting graduate-level coursework. Students admitted to the Computer Science Pathway Program take English as a Second Language (ESL) coursework at Duquesne while also enrolling in graduate courses in the MSCS program. Students who successfully complete the Pathway Program, which lasts no more than one year, and who earn appropriate scores on the GRE, will be directly admitted to the MSCS program with six graduate credits earned toward their degree. The program requires applicants to have earned iBT (TOEFL) test scores of at least 60, IELTS scores of at least 5.5, or Duolingo scores of at least 85 prior to starting the program and to have an appropriate background in Computer Science. See the Pathway Program page for full details and to apply.  

International students who have not had language testing waived as well as all international students who are offered teaching assistantships will be required to have their language skills assessed by Duquesne University's English as a Second Language program and, for teaching assistants, the Center for Teaching Excellence. If a student's language skills need to be improved, the student will be required to pay for and successfully complete appropriate English language training courses.

Visa regulations require international students to submit proof of their ability to pay for their first year of studies, including tuition, fees, living expenses, books, and health insurance.  Estimates of these costs as of March 2022 are as follows. Actual expenses will likely vary depending on your enrollment and living situation.

  • Tuition for 2022-23: $1,054 per credit. (The 30-credit program can be completed in two years by completing 15 credits per year.)
  • Fees: $125 International services fee (first semester only)
  • Health insurance: $2,274
  • Room & board for fall and spring: $14,144
  • Personal expenses for fall and spring: $2,000

Admitted students who have difficulty obtaining a visa should contact the program director using the information in the left sidebar of this page. Such student might be allowed to attend classes synchronously online while waiting to resolve the visa issues and travel to the U.S.

Visit Duquesne's Center for Global Engagement for detailed information about international admissions, international student services, and English language support.

Application Submission Deadlines
  • Fall admission: July 1.
  • Spring admission: December 1.
  • Graduate assistantship: February 1 for assistantships beginning in the fall (currently, assistantships only begin in the fall).  Applicants should be sure to indicate on their application that they are requesting an assistantship and provide GRE general exam scores.
Application Process

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