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Computer Science

Department of Computer Science
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Degree* Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. 36 hours Non-Thesis Minor required
M.A. 30 hours Thesis Minor required
M.S. 36 hours Non-Thesis Minor required within the College of Science
M.S. 30 hours Thesis Minor required within the College of Science
M.S. 36 hours Non-Thesis No minor required
M.S. 30 hours Thesis No minor required
M.S. 36 hours Non-Thesis Required minor - Forensic Systems
M.S. 30 hours Thesis Required minor - Forensic Systems
Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall Semester - Priority † February 15 February 15
Fall Semester - Standard ∞ June 15 June 1
Spring Semester ∞ October 15 October 1
Summer ∞ April 15 March 15
Summer Midterm ∞ June 1 May 1

*This program can be completed at the Round Rock Campus. However, it can be completed sooner by taking classes at both the San Marcos and RRC.

Graduate course descriptions for this program may be viewed online in the Graduate Catalog.

∞This program has a firm deadline. If the program is not listed as an option on ApplyTexas for a given semester, applicants may no longer apply for the program for that term. Applicants with incomplete files after the deadline will be denied admission. In order to apply for admission consideration for future terms, applicants must submit a new application, fee, and updated support documents.

Online Information
The majority of this program may be offered exclusively online. For students residing outside of Texas and not planning on relocating to the state, please visit http://www.distancelearning.txstate.edu/ before applying. Please consult with the graduate advisor on current and future scheduling of online courses.

Financial Support
In order to be considered for scholarship and fellowship funding opportunities, applications must be completed for review before the Priority Application Deadline. Please note that the application for this program will be available on ApplyTexas until the Standard Application Deadline date.


Graduate Advisor
Dr. Wuxu Peng mailto
graduateadvisor@cs.txstate.edu
512-245-3874
COMAL 309B

 information  Please visit http://cs.txstate.edu/ for more information regarding this program.

Application and Application Fee

Please apply online through the ApplyTexas Application and allow 2 working days for the application to be received by Texas State.

The required non-refundable $40.00 application fee can be submitted with credit/debit card information during the application process. If preferred, applicants may submit a non-refundable $40.00 application fee (check or money order in U.S. currency) made payable to Texas State. The mailing address is listed below.

Please Note: Students who change their admission status must pay the fee associated with the new application. Degree-seeking students changing majors and/or seeking multiple degrees are required to complete a new application and pay the $40 fee.

An additional international evaluation fee of $50.00 (U.S. currency) is required if the application is considered for admission based on foreign credentials.

Transcript and Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

Applicants who are  Texas State University degree recipients or are currently enrolled at Texas State need to request transcripts for any coursework NOT listed on the Texas State transcript. The Graduate College will provide the Texas State transcripts.

Applicants who are not Texas State University degree recipients or are not currently enrolled at Texas State must submit one official transcript from each college or university from which credit was received.  For institutions that do not use the SPEEDE service, the secure third party vendor must send the electronic transcript to gradcollege@txstate.edu. If your previous colleges or universities do not have the ability to send official transcripts electronically in these formats, those transcripts must be mailed directly from the university or college attended or submitted in a sealed university envelope with the university registrar's signature on the back of the envelope to the following address (international transcripts must come directly from the main university’s Registrar’s Office):

Texas State University
The Graduate College
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666-4684

All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university. A minimum of a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of letter-grade work earned at a four-year college or university before receipt of their Bachelor's (plus any previously completed graduate work) is required. The department may require specific background courses. Please view the requirements here.

Applicants who have not yet graduated with a bachelor’s degree should send the transcript with the most recently completed semester’s grades.  The Graduate College will only calculate an applicant’s GPA after the last long (Spring or Fall) semester of coursework prior to graduation has been completed.  For example: Applicants who apply for a program that will begin Fall 2016 and expect to graduate in May 2016 should send transcripts with the Fall 2015 grades.  If transcripts are submitted without this information, applicants will be notified and the application will not be considered complete until the updated transcript has been received.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Requirement

The Computer Science program requires an official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score to be submitted prior to admission consideration with a preferred score of 286 with no less than 138 on the verbal section and 148 on the quantitative section. Effective Fall 2015, a preferred score of 286 with no less than 140 on the verbal section and 148 on the quantitative section is required.  If you took the GRE within the last five years and prior to the new examination, the following preferred scores will be considered - 1000 (300 verbal and 600 quantitative).  The GRE score is valid for five years after the exam date.  GRE scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, to our Graduate College.  The college code for Texas State is 006667.  The Educational Testing Service can be contacted at www.ets.org/gre.Texas State applicants are required to take only the General Test.  The GRE may be waived if the applicant holds a master’s degree from an accredited US institution.  GRE waivers will be submitted to the department on a case-by-case basis if the degree was granted from an accredited international university.

English Proficiency Requirement (TOEFL/IELTS)

English proficiency exam scores through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required to apply if English is not the applicant’s native language or if the applicant is not eligible for an automatic TOEFL/IELTS waiver. English proficiency exam scores are valid for two years after the exam date. Fluency in English is expected of all accepted students, specifically in the areas of listening, reading, speaking, and writing.  In order to be eligible for regular admission into this program, applicants must submit scores of at least:

  • TOEFL iBT – 78 overall
  • IELTS (Academic) – 6.5 overall with minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program will allow English-based conditional admission based on TOEFL/IELTS scores. In order to qualify for English-based conditional admission ("Bridge"), applicants must submit the following scores:

  • TOEFL iBT – 59-77 overall
  • IELTS (Academic) – 5.5 or higher overall with minimum individual module scores of 5.5 or higher

Additional Application Requirement

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • An academic vitae (resume) 
  • A Statement of Purpose

Applicants accepted to the program will participate in a diagnostic interview with the graduate advisor. This interview will include a review of test scores, grades, and work history. In some cases, additional courses may be added to the degree program.

Applicants will electronically submit the documents to The Graduate College at https://tim.txstate.edu/gadocumentupload/. Please only submit what is required by the program. Any additional documents mailed or e-mailed to our office will not be attached to applications.


If you are an international applicant or have international components to your application, please visit the International Student web page for other admission requirements that may apply to this program.