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Computer Science

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Anne Hee-Hiong Ngu
cs_phd_advisor@txstate.edu
512.245.3409
Comal Building, Room 311C

Department of Computer Science
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This program is the first in Texas to offer a doctoral education in computer science with formalized business training. The emphasis on collaboration with industry and preparation for careers in academia, business, non-profit organizations and government laboratories leads to a virtuous cycle that drives original research and innovative products.

Degree Concentration Course Work Dissertation Total Hours
Ph.D. Information Management 54 hours (for applicants with a bachelor's degree only) 24 hours 78 hours
Ph.D. Software Systems 54 hours (for applicants with a bachelor's degree only) 24 hours 78 hours
Ph.D. Information Management 30 hours 24 hours 54 hours
Ph.D. Software Systems 30 hours 24 hours 54 hours

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 1 February 1
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring No Admission No Admission
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.


Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).


Transcripts & GPA for applicants with a bachelor's and a master's degree

  • baccalaureate degree in computer science or related field from a regionally accredited university
  • master's degree in computer science or related field from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.3 GPA in all completed graduate course work

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted. 

Transcripts & GPA for applicants with a bachelor's degree only

  • baccalaureate degree in computer science or related field from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted. 


GRE Scores

  • official GRE scores required with preferred minimums of 146 in the verbal section and 160 in the quantitative section

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


Documents & Other Requirements

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 85 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


Additional Information

  Interview and Admissions Review Process
Applicants are independently reviewed and ranked by each member of the admissions committee based on a defined set of criteria. Those that are top-rated will be contacted for an interview via Skype or phone and asked a pre-determined set of questions. Based on the results of the interviews, the committee will rank the applicants again to determine the final list for admission.