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Minimum Admissions Requirements

Prior Degree

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. International students must have completed the equivalent of a four-year American baccalaureate degree.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

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.


EECS requires the general GRE test for most, but not all, students. 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!

Language Proficiency

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 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 is required of applicants from your country, send email to graduate.admissions@oregonstate.edu).

  • 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.

Statement of Objectives

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.


Applicants must upload a current copy of their resume/CV to their application.

Recommendation 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.

Course Equivalency Form

Applicants for degrees in Computer Science must identify the courses they have taken using the Course Equivalency Form available on the application. This form must be submitted electronically as part of the online application.

Winter and Spring Admissions

The School of EECS only offers admission for Fall terms. We do not have a winter or spring term admission cycle.

Competition for Admission

If EECS at OSU is your preferred choice for graduate study, and you believe that you have superior qualifications, then we encourage you to apply. However, you should be aware that admission is very competitive. The most successful applicants last year:

  • had GPAs above 3.50 on a 4.00 scale
  • had GRE quantitative scores above 90%
  • had published as authors or co-authors on academic publications

Application Deadlines

The next available term for admission is Fall 2017. (The application cycle is now open. However, the deadline to apply for priority consideration was January 15, 2017). Applications submitted after this deadline date will NOT receive priority review and will NOT be automatically reviewed for admission/funding. If space permits, applications received after the January 15th deadline date might be considered at the end of the priority application review.

  • Applications for the Fall 2017 term are currently being accepted, but they will no longer receive priority review (applications will only be considered if space permits). Please visit the Apply to EECS page for more details.
  • The online application for Fall 2017 was due January 15, 2017, at 11:59:59 pm, Pacific Standard Time for priority review.
  • Applications submitted after this time will NOT receive priority review. If space permits, applications received after the deadline might be considered at the end of the priority application review and must be received by April 30, 2017, at 11:59:59 pm, Pacific Standard Time.
  • Supporting data, such as transcripts, recommendation letters, Statement of Objectives, CV/resume, and GRE/TOEFL scores must arrive no later than January 15, 2017 for priority review.
  • Though we do not have a rolling application process, it is always best to apply as early as you can. That way, if there are errors, we can let you know in advance.

Transferring Into the EECS Graduate Program

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.

If admitted, with the approval of your major advisor and the OSU Graduate School, you may transfer credits towards the course requirements for your graduate degree. Here is the link to the Graduate School about transferring credits: http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/ChapterDetail.aspx?key=38#Section1802

Link to ECE requirement information: http://eecs.oregonstate.edu/current-students/graduate-students/ece-program
Link to CS requirement information: http://eecs.oregonstate.edu/current-students/graduate-students/cs-program

NOTE: Credits already used to complete a bachelor’s degree cannot used to complete a graduate degree.

Transferring Within Departments at OSU

If you are a current OSU graduate student and want to change the major you are studying, you do not have to submit the online graduate application again. Instead, once you have identified an EECS faculty member who is interested in admitting you, you will then submit a Change of Degree/Major form to the Graduate School. Please email the EECS Graduate Coordinator with the name of the faculty member who is approving your admission. Transferring within departments can be done any term.

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 Fall 2017. 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.

All current application deadlines apply to you.

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
United States
Phone: 541-737-6310
Fax: 541-737-6226

Your student visa

The visa application process can be confusing at times, and it requires a lot of planning, research, and energy. Please do not get discouraged! The opportunities that await you in your graduate studies at OSU are worth the effort. The Office of International Services (OIS) has advisors and on-line resources to assist you in applying and maintaining your visa status.