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The Department of Computer Science is a fast growing and research active entity at the University of Missouri. In fact, it is the hub of all campus computer science activities that involve well established research programs in computational biology and bioinformatics, cyber-security, distributed computing, geospatial information mining and retrieval, intelligent systems, multimedia communications, large dataset scientific visualization, networking, spoken language processing and human-machine interfaces, wireless sensor networks, etc. Additionally, members of the department lead the University’s institutional efforts in developing infrastructure for bioinformatics, computational biology, and high-performance computing and networking. Our major research projects are heavily funded by both federal agencies and industries. While National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Health (NIH), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Department of Energy (DoE), and Department of Defense (DoD) are examples for federal funding, Microsoft and Monsanto are representatives for industrial funding.

The Department of Computer Science offers the Master of Science in Computer Science, the Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Informatics graduate programs of study. The graduate degree programs prepare prior recipients of four-year B.S. degrees in computer science or closely related areas for further study at the doctoral level or for successful careers as specialized computer professionals. The Ph.D. programs are a professional research degree designed to prepare students for advanced professional careers, including college teaching and research, as well as research and development in industrial, government, and nonprofit organization. Specialized training is available through close interaction with the faculty in their active research fields.

Degrees Offered

Computer Science, Master of Science

On Campus

Application Procedures

Application for admission to a graduate degree program in CS involves submitting a formal application through the Graduate Studies online application for admission. An application must be accompanied by an application fee.  In addition, the applicant must have the following original paperwork sent directly from the originating institutions to the Office of Graduate Studies:

  1. Upload unofficial copies of all transcripts to the online application system. Applicants provide official transcripts if accepted by the academic program.
  2. Official GRE score report from Educational Testing Service (and TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants)

The following supplemental materials must be uploaded in the online application:

  1. Your resume
  2. A personal goal statement indicating why you feel prepared to pursue the degree program and why you want to pursue this degree
  3. Three letters of recommendation from professors who know your abilities that must address your ability and readiness to pursue a graduate program in computer science (submitted by your references directly to your online application)

In order to be considered for admission in a particular semester, the Director of Graduate Studies, according to the following deadlines, must receive all required paperwork:

  • Fall admission:  Applications and all paperwork must be received by March 1. For earlier consideration for financial assistance in the department, applications and all paperwork must be received by January 1.
  • Spring admission:  Applications and all paperwork must be received by October 1.

Note:  Copies of the required documents (transcripts, GRE scores, etc.) cannot be accepted in lieu of the official reports from the originating institutions.  Copies of these records can be submitted for evaluation, but any decision on admission is non-binding until the official records have been received.

All MU students (current or prior) must meet the same requirements as external students.  The only difference is that MU grad students file one of the following forms (in lieu of an MU Application Form):

  1. Current Non-Degree Graduate Students: Change of Division, Degree, Program, Emphasis, or Advisor form
  2. Current graduate students in another department:  Change of Division, Degree, Program, Emphasis, or Advisor form (same as 1)
  3. Previous graduate students returning to same program: Reactivation form.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Computer Science, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Application Procedures

Application for admission to a graduate degree program in CS involves submitting a formal application through the Graduate Studies online application for admission. An application must be accompanied by an application fee.  In addition, the applicant must have the following original paperwork sent directly from the originating institutions to the Office of Graduate Studies:

  1. Upload unofficial copies of all transcripts to the online application system. Applicants provide official transcripts if accepted by the academic program.
  2. Official GRE score report from Educational Testing Service (and TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants)

The following supplemental materials must be uploaded in the online application:

  1. Your resume
  2. A personal goal statement indicating why you feel prepared to pursue the degree program and why you want to pursue this degree
  3. Three letters of recommendation from professors who know your abilities that must address your ability and readiness to pursue a graduate program in computer science (submitted by your references directly to your online application)

In order to be considered for admission in a particular semester, the Director of Graduate Studies, according to the following deadlines, must receive all required paperwork:

  • Fall admission:  Applications and all paperwork must be received by March 1. For earlier consideration for financial assistance in the department, applications and all paperwork must be received by January 1.
  • Spring admission:  Applications and all paperwork must be received by October 1.

Note:  Copies of the required documents (transcripts, GRE scores, etc.) cannot be accepted in lieu of the official reports from the originating institutions.  Copies of these records can be submitted for evaluation, but any decision on admission is non-binding until the official records have been received.

All MU students (current or prior) must meet the same requirements as external students.  The only difference is that MU grad students file one of the following forms (in lieu of an MU Application Form):

  1. Current Non-Degree Graduate Students: Change of Division, Degree, Program, Emphasis, or Advisor form,
  2. Current graduate students in another department:  Change of Division, Degree, Program, Emphasis, or Advisor form (same as 1)
  3. Previous graduate students returning to same program: Reactivation form.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666