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Graduate Application for Computer Science

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Mailing Address:
William & Mary
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Computer Science
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

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Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Computer Science
McGlothlin-Street Hall 126
251 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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The information below is specific to the graduate programs in Computer Science.

Deadlines

For Fall admission: March 1 (to be considered for financial aid), March 15 (for international applicants who need a visa to travel to the US), June 1 (for all other applicants)
For Spring admission: October 1 (for all applicants)
Part-Time Students: Yes, but without funding

Applications submitted after the program’s deadline may be evaluated at the discretion of the program’s admission committee.

Admission Procedure

All completed applications received before the deadline are fully reviewed by an admission committee. Applicants are not required to find an advisor before submitting an application; students are expected to find a research advisor within the first four semesters in the graduate program. The admission committee does not favor or give priority to applicants who already have an advising agreement with a faculty member. Only the admission committee can recommend admission, and recommendations must be based on complete applications. Neither the committee nor any computer science faculty can review partially completed applications. There is no strict minimum threshold for TOEFL or GRE scores; an application is reviewed in its entirety and a decision is made based on the potential of the applicant to be successful in our program and the number of available positions.

Degree Options

We admit students to the following degrees (independent of specialization): M.S., Ph.D., and M.S./Ph.D.  Students admitted to the M.S. program can later convert to the Ph.D. program if they show research aptitude, meet the minimum GPA requirements, and find a faculty sponsor. Students initially admitted to the Ph.D. program are not eligible to transfer to the M.S. program. The department requires Ph.D. applicants to have completed a B.S. degree in a related field; an M.S. degree is not required. Unlike the regular Ph.D. program, students admitted to the M.S./Ph.D. track will receive the M.S. on track toward the Ph.D.  Admission criteria to the M.S./Ph.D. program are higher than the regular Ph.D. program and, in addition, requires a four-year bachelors degree from a recognized U.S. institution of higher learning.

Waivers
  • In general, the department approves TOEFL waiver requests from students who have completed a four-year degree from an institution located in a country where the primary language is English. The department reserves the right to deny TOEFL waiver requests even if a student meets this condition. TOEFL waiver requests from students who do not meet this minimum requirement are unlikely to be approved.
  • The department does not support GRE waivers unless the applicant can show that it is impossible to take the GRE exam (financial reason are not recognized as a valid excuse).
  • The department is unable to offer application fee waivers other than those provided by Arts & Sciences.
Financial Aid

All admitted full-time Ph.D. or M.S./Ph.D. students will receive a competitive stipend and a full tuition waiver. In general, financial support is not available for part-time students or M.S. students.

Advice and Considerations

Students seeking the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in computer science are expected to have a background that includes the following:

  • Mathematics: two calculus courses and one linear algebra course.
  • Computer Science: two introductory programming courses (CS1 and CS2 in the standard curriculum) and one course in each of discrete mathematics, data structures, algorithms, and computer organization.

Applicants lacking this background may be admitted provisionally into the M.S. program. In that case, the department will establish a suitable set of qualifying courses at the time of admission. To achieve regular status, provisionally accepted students must earn at least a B in each qualifying course. There is no provisional admission into the Ph.D. program.

Students seeking an M.S. degree with a specialization in computational operations research are expected to have a background in mathematics, science or engineering and the ability to program in a high-level language. Students with an insufficient computer science background may be required to enroll in CSCI 241 and CSCI 303/503. Applicants lacking an appropriate background may be admitted provisionally.

Students seeking the M.S. degree with a specialization in computational science are expected to have a background in mathematics and science or engineering that includes the following:

  • Mathematics: two calculus courses and one linear algebra course.
  • Computer Science: two introductory programming courses (CS1 and CS2 in the standard computer science curriculum).

Students with an insufficient background in data structures, algorithms, computer organization, and systems programming may be required to enroll in CSCI 241, CSCI 303/503, CSCI 304/504 and CSCI 415.

If you have any questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us.