Last updated December 2023
What is the application deadline?
- December 15, 2023
- January 15, 2024 – Last deadline for all domestic applicants
What is required for admission to the program?
Please review our admissions requirements on this page for more information
Do you accept admissions on a rolling basis?
No, students are admitted once a year, for the following Fall quarter.
Do you offer Spring admission?
No, we admit only for Fall.
Do you accept students that have degrees outside of Computer Science?
Yes. Although most of our applicants have undergraduate preparation in degrees such as computer science, computer engineering, or other related fields, applicants from other backgrounds will be considered if they demonstrate sufficient computer science preparation and have related professional experience.
What prerequisite courses or skills should students have prior to joining the program?
Students should have strong programming skills in C++, Python, or Java, or equivalent, or better of professional experience; and knowledge of discrete math, linear algebra and statistics.
Admitted students should consider taking community college classes and/or Coursera or EdX classes in the summer prior to joining in the fall to fill any gaps in their knowledge.
May I defer my admission?
MCS does not defer admission. Admission is valid only for the year it has been offered.. Students must reapply to the program in order to be considered again..
Is the GRE General Exam required?
GRE is optional. If applicants took the GRE and received a score for which they are proud of, applicants may consider submitting them as a way to try to enhance their overall application package.
Is there a minimum GRE score to be eligible to apply to your program?
Do you accept GMAT in lieu of the GRE?
Can I send photocopies of my GRE score and/or TOEFL scores?
Only official transcripts are acceptable. Please use institutional code 4859 to have your scores sent from the testing agency to UCI.
Am I eligible for the TOEFL waiver?
For information on TOEFL waivers, please go here.
Can I submit more than 3 letters of recommendation?