Overall Application Process
To become an Electrical and Computer Engineering or Computer Science graduate student you must be admitted to Oregon State University through both the School of EECS Graduate School and the Graduate School. Admission to the School of EECS is competitive and there is not capacity to accommodate all applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements.
After the application closes (January 15th of each year):
- The faculty in EECS examine the material submitted to determine adequacy of academic background and to decide whether facilities in the School are adequate for the expressed aims of the student.
- Faculty will then recommend students for acceptance to the School of EECS and make offers for funding opportunities. All applicants for MS and PhD programs are reviewed for funding opportunities when they are reviewed for admission; there is no extra application for funding opportunities.
- The review process is intensive and usually not released until late March. If you applied to the Software Innovation Track, you may be contacted by the track mentor for additional information about your professional background and preparation.
- We will send an email to all applicants letting you know of our decision no later than April 15th.
- The Graduate School will determine whether the general university conditions for admission have been met.
- Applicants will be notified by the Graduate School as to the action taken and if additional documentation is needed such as official transcripts, test scores, or financial documentation.
For more information on funding opportunities, please see our Funding page.
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Applying for Admission
- Application for Graduate Admission is found at: https://oregonstate.force.com/AppLogin. Materials must be submitted electronically; paper applications are not accepted.
- After official admission notification some materials must be submitted by mail only and should be sent to:
- Mail the following to: Graduate School, Oregon State University, Heckart Lodge, 2900 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331-2121, USA; 541-737-4881; email@example.com
- Transcripts: One official transcript from all previous academic work, undergraduate and graduate (grade slips, web printable transcripts, or reports will not be accepted). To be official transcripts must be issued directly by the school and arrive in our office in an unopened envelope.*
- *Current and former Oregon State University students are not required to provide OSU transcripts.
- International Official academic records: Oregon State requires official academic records and statements of all degrees earned from all institutions attended after high school. Academic records should arrive in our office in a sealed envelope issued by the school and should bear the original stamp or seal of the school official responsible for issuing such records, such as the registrar or controller of exams for that institution. Faxed, scanned, and notarized copies are not considered official and will not be accepted. Records certified by lecturers, professors, or any other school officials who do not hold primary responsibility for maintaining the academic records of the institution will not be accepted.
- Translations: Academic records from non-US institutions are expected to be in an official language of the country in which they were earned. English language translations are also required. We will accept literal (not interpretative) English translations from any qualified translator, and they should be sent in addition to (not in lieu of) the official academic record.
- Note for applicants from India: Where possible, Oregon State requires the annual mark sheets and degree statements issued and certified by the university issuing the degree, not the affiliated or constituent college attended. Mark sheets issued by colleges are accepted only when university mark sheets are not yet available. Do NOT send intermediate or higher secondary school records.
- International applicants must also upload the following documents upon admission:
- Official TOEFL scores will need to be submitted electronically to the Graduate School prior to the start of your first term of enrollment. The Graduate School will be able to electronically confirm IELTS scores.
- One photocopy of official GRE scores. If admitted, official scores must be received by the Graduate School prior to the start of your first term of enrollment.
- Financial certificate with supporting documentation, demonstrating sufficient financial resources for the desired academic program. (International applicants, please read Finances and Funding for International Students at OSU.) The financial certificate can be sent later after the admission decision is made.
- Transferring to OSU from Another School
We do not have a separate application procedure for applicants who are currently pursuing a graduate degree at another university and want to transfer to our graduate program. These applicants should follow our normal application directions. Information about transferring credits can be found in our course catalog: catalog.oregonstate.edu.
- Reapplying to our Program
- If you previously applied and your application was rejected, we encourage you to reapply if you have made successful progress with your language scores, have an improved GPA, or have additional work experience. Offers of admission will be made on a case by case basis by EECS faculty.
- If you previously applied and your application was accepted but you declined the offer that term, you are encouraged to reapply for the next Fall cycle. You will be considered for admission with all applicants for that term.
- To re-apply you must submit both the OSU and EECS online applications again and update any documents that are now incomplete or expired. The Graduate School retains application materials for two (2) years.
- All questions regarding documents previously submitted must be directed to the Graduate School.
- Visa Questions
The visa process does not begin until after an applicant has been admitted by both the School of EECS and the OSU Graduate School.
All visa questions should be addressed to the Office of International Services.
Office of International Services
Oregon State University
1600 SW Western Blvd - Suite 130
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
Application & Admission Requirements
- Please note that all documents must be in PDF format and under 10 MB in size.
- In order for our application to be complete, the following information must be submitted in the online application:
- Fee: $75 USD for domestic students and $85 USD for international students by credit card (part of online application)
- Research Interest Areas: You must apply to a particular research interest area, not just to CS or ECE. (Students who wish to participate in the Software Innovation Track, rather than research, should refer to http://eecs.oregonstate.edu/future-students/graduate/ms-cs-innovation for instructions on completing this section.)
- Recommendation Letters: You must provide the names and email addresses of three professional references as part of the online application. The references will be emailed instructions on how to submit their letters.
- Three letters of professional reference are required from former professors or employers familiar with the applicant's technical ability. Particularly valuable are letters that assess the applicant's preparation and ability to complete a research project. Applicants with a master's degree should include the major professor as one reference. Do not submit paper letters of recommendation. Letters must be submitted electronically as part of the online application.
- Statement of Objectives: Please upload as a PDF to your online application.
- Applicants must include a description of their objectives in pursuing the advanced degree. This should be a brief (maximum of one page when printed) summary of the applicant's career goals, research interests, and pertinent experience. This information is submitted as part of the OSU online application.
- Resume/CV: Please upload a current copy as a PDF to your online application.
- Academic History: You must enter the information of your current university/degree/major (if attending) and any past university/degree/major.
- Prior Degree: Applicants must have or complete a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university before the start of the Fall term. International students must have completed the equivalent of a four-year American baccalaureate degree.
- Unofficial Transcripts: Applicants must upload unofficial copies of transcripts. Web printouts and kiosk copies are not accepted. Current and former Oregon State University students are not required to provide OSU transcripts.
- Grade Point Average (GPA): You must self-report your overall GPA. The School of EECS requires a minimum “B” average (3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale) on the last two years of undergraduate work and any work completed thereafter.
- Effective July 1, 2008 for Fall 2009 admission or later, if the student has completed his or her baccalaureate degree in a country that is a signatory of the Bologna Declaration, then
- A baccalaureate degree of at least three years duration with a B average (equivalent 3.00 on a U.S. 4.00 grading scale) in the last two years, plus all subsequent graded course work;
- A baccalaureate degree of at least three years duration with a two-year (equivalent to 45-quarter credits) graduate degree.
- GRE: EECS requires the general GRE test for most, but not all, students. Scores must be self-reported and copy of scores must be uploaded to the application; web printouts and kiosks are not accepted. Scores cannot be more than five (5) years old at the time when graduate studies start.
- Applicants to Computer Science: The general GRE is required for all applicants. The minimum requirement is a combined score of 1200 (combined score of 310 for revised GRE test) on the Verbal and Quantitative sections. The subject test is not required.
- Applicants to Electrical and Computer Engineering: The general GRE is required for all international applicants (non U.S. citizens) unless a baccalaureate or advanced degree has been granted from a U.S. university. The minimum requirement is a combined score of 1300 (combined score of 315 for revised GRE test) on the Quantitative and Verbal portions and a 4.0 in the Analytical Writing portion. The subject test is not required.
- Many students ask if we will consider their application if their GRE score does not meet the minimum requirement. The GRE is just one way of evaluating a student’s abilities. If you feel your GPA, background, letters of recommendation, and professional experience are strong, then it is still possible for you to be admitted even though the GRE did not meet the minimum requirement!
- Course Equivalency Form (required for CS applicants only): You must fill out the Course Equivalency Form as part of the online application.
- TOEFL/IELTS: International students must self-report their scores and upload a copy of their scores to their application. Scores must be no older than 2 years at the time when graduate studies start.
- Language Proficiency: The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all international applicants whose native language is not English, including those transferring from English speaking colleges and universities (if in doubt about whether TOEFL/IELTS is required of applicants from your country, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
- The TOEFL requirement is waived for applicants receiving a degree from a U.S. university and for applicants who have demonstrated success by achieving an overall GPA greater than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for two or more semesters/quarters in a rigorous undergraduate or postgraduate program in the U.S. or from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and United Kingdom.
- Scores cannot be more than two (2) years old at the time when graduate studies start.
- The minimum TOEFL iBT requirement is an overall score of 80 with a minimum score of 18 in each of the four sub-tests (speaking, listening, reading, and writing).
- The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be used as an alternative to the TOEFL for assessing language proficiency. The minimum requirement is an overall score of 6.5.