Are there any minimal GRE or TOEFL scores needed to get admitted into the MS programs?

Our department imposes no minimal score requirements, but please do note that the Rutgers Graduate School publishes minimal requirements for English proficiency. See http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/information/international-students. During the admission process, we look at all the submitted material. Clearly, the better the test scores, the better the chances to get admitted.

Are there any minimum GRE or TOEFL scores needed to get admitted into the MS programs?

Our department imposes no minimum score requirements, however, it is recommended to achieve the following GRE scores: 150 verbal and 160 quantitative. Please note that the Rutgers Graduate School publishes minimal requirements for English proficiency. See http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/information/international-students. During the admission process, we look at all the submitted material. Of course, the better the test scores, the better the chances to get admitted.

Are there required courses based on concentration?

No. Concentrations purely exist as templates for students who wish to take certain classes related to their academic/professional interests. So long as you meet the rest of the MSCS degree requirements, you can graduate with an MSCS degree without taking some of the courses categorized under a given concentration.

Can I do CPT during fall/spring semester?

Only if it's part-time (at most 20 hours). There is a GPA requirement of maintaining a 3.0 or higher, and you must have at least 18 (two semesters worth) in order to process CPT.

Can I do full-time CPT?

Only during summers. There are no GPA requirements, but you must have at least 18 credits (two semesters worth) in order to process CPT.

Can I take courses offered outside of the Rutgers Computer Science Department?

Yes. Keep in mind that up to 12 credits from courses outside of the Rutgers CS department can be used to contribute to your MSCS degree requirements.

Linked here is a list of approved courses: https://www.cs.rutgers.edu/academics/graduate/m-s-program/course-categories


If you wish to apply for a non-Rutgers CS Department course that isn't listed above (courses from other Rutgers departments, Princeton-Rutgers Graduate Student Exchange Program, etc.), send an email to the cs-ms-program email address asking for approval along with the course description and syllabus.

 

If the non-Rutgers CS Department course contains course material that is already being taught in the MSCS Program, it will not be approved unless there is no more room for registration.

Can I take CS graduate courses without being enrolled in the MSCS program?

Students may take CS graduate courses without being enrolled in our graduate degree programs (non-degree). There are two options:

1) Students with prior undergraduate degree in CS or related fields may apply to the CS graduate program, choosing the non-degree option. All MS admissions requirements apply, including MS application deadlines.

2) Students without undergraduate degree in CS or related fields may apply to the undergraduate CS program. Once admitted as a CS undergraduate, you are allowed to take a CS graduate course if you have taken the prerequisites and have obtained permission from the course instructor.

Can I take more than 3 courses (more than 9 credits) per semester?

You can take 4 courses (12 credits) per semester if you have a GPA of at least 3.5. However, you cannot take more than 4 courses (more than 12 credits). No exceptions.

Can Rutgers or the CS Department provide funding?

University or Department funding can not be offered to MS students at Rutgers. We expect MS students to make their own financial arrangements. However, individual research groups are sometimes able to provide funding on a case-by-case basis to admitted MS students through their research grants. Your academic advisor can give you advice about contacting individual faculty members about opportunities for support in their research group.

Capstone is no longer being offered. Do I need to do a Thesis or an Essay to graduate?

An essay OR thesis is required for graduation. Keep in mind that many courses in the MSCS Program have project assignments where project reports can be used as essays. However, you must receive a grade of B or higher on that project/project report for it to qualify as your graduation essay. Furthermore, the project report may only be used for one student who wishes to use it for graduation if it was a group assignment.

Course X and Y are required for my concentration. I need it to graduate.

There are no concentration requirements

Do I increase my chances to get accepted if I apply early?

No, that doest not impact your chances of getting accepted.

Do I increase my chances to get accepted if I apply early?

No, that does not impact your chances of getting accepted.

Do I need to have completed an undergraduate degree in Computer Science to be eligible for this degree?

No, while it is helpful to have a degree in Computer Science, we look for the coursework you completed, not the name of your degree.

Do I need to submit official test scores and transcripts?

During the application process, you may provide unofficial transcripts and score reports via the supporting materials portal. You will be required to provide official documents upon admission.

Do you have rolling admissions?

No. We review applications twice per year, once each after the Fall and Spring deadlines.

For CPT, who do I put as my academic official + email?

Badri Nath. However, use the cs-ms-program email address when filling out the CPT form.

How can I defer my admission to another semester?

You can request a deferral of your admission for another semester by sending an email to the cs-ms-program office and depositing a deferral fee of $1500. This fee will be refunded only if you join the program. For details and instructions, please send an email to cs-ms-program@cs.rutgers.edu

How can I defer my admit to the next semester?

You can request a deferral of your admission for the following semester by sending an email to the cs-ms-program office and depositing a deferral fee of $1500. This fee will be refunded only if you join the program. For details, please send an email to cs-ms-program@cs.rutgers.edu

How do I apply?

The application process is done online only through the web site http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu. You can find general information about the Graduate School New Brunswick at http://gsnb.rutgers.edu. If you want to apply to Rutgers-Newark or Rutgers-Camden, you need to contact their respective Graduate Schools.

How do I apply?

The application process is done online only through the web site http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu. You can find general information about the Graduate School New Brunswick at http://gsnb.rutgers.edu. If you want to apply to Rutgers-Newark or Rutgers-Camden, you need to contact their respective Graduate Schools.

How do I register?

Students can register only after having been officially admitted.

If you are a newly admitted foreign student, the registration material will be sent to the Graduate Program Assistant of the department, in Room 302, Hill Center, Busch Campus. All other students will receive registration material by mail at their home address. When you come to register you must have your certificate of admittance, as well as the instructions and course registration form that were sent to you. You will find out your advisor either by mail or by calling 848-445-7065.

The schedule of all graduate classes can be obtained from the department web site http://www.cs.rutgers.edu.

Changes in the schedule, new courses and special seminars not listed in this book, specific procedures for registration (such as the touch tone system), exact dates for registration, drop/add dates, etc. can all be found on the bulletin board outside Room 390 or on the above web site.

How long does it take to complete this program?

Two years or four semesters of full-time study.

How many letters of recommendation do I need?

We request three letters of recommendation.

I completed a 3-year bachelor’s degree abroad; does your program accept this as an undergraduate degree?

Yes.

Is a student’s specialization/concentration mentioned in their degree?

No. When working on your resume or career profile, you may mention that your courses were focused on a particular specialization/concentration. Sometimes, companies will ask for verification. Our MSCS Office can provide the appropriate verification letters when needed/requested.

Is it more beneficial to submit recommendation letters from academia or from industry?

There is no particular preference. We will be looking for evidence that you will meet your goals in our program and can succeed in all the work involved. Your letter writers should know you and be able to assess your accomplishments and potential.

Is it more beneficial to submit recommendation letters from academia or from industry?

There is no particular preference. We will be looking for evidence that you will meet your goals in our program and can succeed in all the work involved. Your letter writers should know you and be able to assess your accomplishments and potential.

Is my application still considered if some of the required information, for instance one of the recommendation letters, is missing?

Yes, we still may consider your application, although your case may be weaker.

Is my application still considered if some of the required information, for instance one of the recommendation letters, is missing?

Yes, we still may consider your application, although your case may be weaker.

Is practical experience or CPT required for graduation?

The "practical experience" requirement is relaxed, meaning that the MSCS Program highly encourages students to acquire practical experience through CPT, but it is not needed for graduating with an MSCS degree.

May I please have an application fee waiver?

Unfortunately, we do not have any application fee waivers.

Since the study plan has been created as a guideline for the students, are all courses on my STP necessary for graduation?

No. You do not need to take courses on your "Study Plan" to graduate with an MSCS degree. MSCS students have a lot more flexibility in choosing courses so long as they are following the MSCS degree requirements.

What application materials do I need to submit?

  • Application
  • GRE Scores**
  • TOEFL Score**
  • Transcripts from all previous universities
  • Resume
  • Any certificates of completion for courses that do not appear on your transcripts
  • Contact information for three letters of recommendation
  • What are the admissions requirements?

    See Sections Admission Requirement of this document for details.

    What are the application deadlines for MS Program?

    For the Spring semester: International, September 15th. MS applications only ; United States citizens as well as green card holders: October 15th.

    For the Fall semester: February 1st for International MS applicants; United States citizens and green card holders MS applicants: March 1st.

    University or Department funding can not be offered to MS students at Rutgers. We expect MS students to make their own financial arrangements. However, individual research groups are sometimes able to provide funding on a case-by-case basis to admitted MS students through their research grants. Your academic advisor can give you advice about contacting individual faculty members about opportunities for support in their research group.

    Students may take CS graduate courses without being enrolled in our graduate degree programs (non-degree). There are two options:

    1) Students with prior undergraduate degree in CS or related fields may apply to the CS graduate program, choosing the non-degree option. All MS admissions requirements apply, including MS application deadlines.

    2) Students without undergraduate degree in CS or related fields may apply to the undergraduate CS program. Once admitted as a CS undergraduate, you are allowed to take a CS graduate course if you have taken the prerequisites and have obtained permission from the course instructor.

    What are the application deadlines for MS Program?

    For the Spring semester: International, September 15th. MS applications only; United States citizens as well as green card holders: October 15th.

    For the Fall semester: February 1st for International MS applicants; United States citizens and green card holders MS applicants: March 1st.

    What do I need to do to apply?

    1) Take the General Graduate Record Examinations (GRE): [verbal, quantitative, analytical writing]
    2) Obtain 3 letters of reference.

    3) Obtain transcripts of all academic work at college level, both undergraduate and graduate.
    4) Prepare a personal statement.

    5) Fill out and submit an online application, and pay the required application fee

    What do I need to do to apply?

    1) Take the General Graduate Record Examinations (GRE): [verbal, quantitative, analytical writing]

    2) Obtain 3 letters of reference.

    3) Obtain transcripts of all academic work at college level, both undergraduate and graduate.

    4) Prepare a personal statement.

    5) Fill out and submit an online application, and pay the required application fee

    What is the cost of attendance?

    Please see the information about tuition and fees provided by Student Accounting, Billing, and Cashier Services:

    https://studentabc.rutgers.edu/tuition-fees/tuition-fees-rates

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    https://studentabc.rutgers.edu/files/graduate-school-nbpdf

    Typically, our students take nine credits per semester for four semesters and pay the per-credit tuition rate.

    What is the Rutgers ETS code?

    Use institution code 2790 to send scores to Rutgers. Rutgers does not use ETS department codes. We will forward your scores to the correct department and update your status.

    Where should I expect the most updated information?

    Who may I contact with questions related to student immigration?

    Rutgers Global Student and Scholar Services

    https://global.rutgers.edu/international-scholars-students