Admission Requirements

  • A four-year bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum accumulated GPA of 2.75 in your existing bachelor’s degree
  • Personal statement of 150 to 200 words describing how your past academic performance meets the admission requirements, current occupation and your motivation for pursuing the computer science degree

Students must also meet the minimum math, writing, and communication requirements in their existing prior degree+.

Math Requirements: Applicants must have completed one or more of the following math requirements in their existing prior degree.

Please use OSU Transfer Course Search if you have questions regarding a math course equivalency to Math 111 or above.

Math Course Oregon State University Course Equivalency and Grade Requirements in your existing degree++
College Algebra or Pre-Calculus Math 111 with B or above
Calculus or above MTH 241, MTH 245, MTH 251, MTH 252 and above with a C or above
AP Calculus Minimum test score of 3. Must be on the transcript or submitted along with the application to the admission office.

Writing and Communication Requirements: Domestic applicants must meet both writing and communication requirements. International applicants or domestic students with degrees that did not require English as the medium of instruction are required to demonstrate English proficiency with a passing TOEFL score.

Writing and Communication Courses Oregon State University Course Equivalency and Grade Requirements
Written English WR 121 with a C or above
Communication COMM 111 or COMM 114 with a C or above

+Our application review is comprehensive. We encourage students to apply with their current qualifications, and not take any courses just to meet the admission requirements if they can provide a solid rationale describing how their academic performance in prior degrees meets the admission requirements. Please refer to the admission FAQ.
++Courses unavailable or marked as LDT or UDT on the transfer course search will go through an evaluation to verify their equivalence to OSU courses.

Admission Process

Post-Baccalaureate Students: Students will be seeking admission into pre-CS major by applying as a distant post-baccalaureate student. According to university requirements, students cannot earn a post-baccalaureate degree in the same field of their prior degree.

International Post-Baccalaureate Students: If you are not a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, but currently in the U.S. on any U.S. visa, please contact the Office of International Admissions before applying to a degree program. Please review the International Admission Requirements before submitting the application. Please contact the International Admissions Office if you have any questions.

Non-degree seeking students: There is a petition process for taking courses. Please review the information for non-degree seeking students first before you apply for admission.

Departmental Application Deadlines

All the application materials must be received and reviewed for completion by the deadline date by Oregon State University’s Admissions Office. This includes the application and transcripts from all the colleges attended.
Term Begins Deadline to Apply Admission Decision Release* Deadline for Acceptance Confirmation by Student**
Fall September August 1 August 1 – September 5 September 10
Winter January November 1 November 15 – December 15 December 20
Spring March/April February 1 February 10 – February 28 March 10
Summer June May 1 May 1 – May 31 June 5

* Students will be notified of their admission status by the Office of Admissions.
** Students are required to confirm their admission acceptance by completing the program enrollment surveys.
** Due to capacity issues resulting from late acceptance confirmation, applicants may have to defer their admission application to a future term or reapply if they are spring admits.

Note: if a deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.

This page updated 7/24/2017