Admission is granted on the basis of applicant’s academic aptitude and potential which will be evaluated through academic record, test scores and/or work experience. To be admitted to the program, a student must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.8. Applicants must complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimum combined score of 291 (1000 on the old score scale) in Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning. Applicants must submit official GRE test scores by Educational Testing Services (ETS) directly to the University of Central Missouri. The ETS institution code for sending GRE scores to UCM is 6090, program code is 0402. Applicants with exceptional undergraduate performance may be considered with a lower GRE score.
The GRE test requirement can be waived if any one of the following conditions is satisfied.
- the student is a graduate of an accredited college or university with a degree in Computer Science/Information Technology/Information Systems and a GPA of 3.5 or more, OR
- the student has earned an M.S. or more advanced degree in a closely related discipline, OR
- the student has a minimum 3 years of relevant work experience in a US based corporation or a reputed multinational organization.
International students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (Internet based) is required. IELTS scores are also accepted at UCM. Regular graduate students should have a band score of 6.0. The TOEFL requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a minimum of 60 semester credit hours or have earned a bachelor or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in the USA. Submission of a Statement of Purpose and three letters of recommendation is OPTIONAL for admission. They may however be required if the student applies for Graduate Assistantship or Student Worker positions.
Applicants who have degrees in some non-computing fields will also be considered for admission. Students may make up their deficiencies in computer science by completing the required undergraduate background courses. Applicants who do not meet one of the above minimum admission requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis and must maintain a 3.0 graduate grade point average during their first semester of study at UCM.
Admission Process - Domestic Student
|How to apply||Submit a graduate admission application to UCM Graduate School online.|
|Important Dates||All application materials must be received by Graduate School at least three weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student wishes to register.|
Admission Process - International Student
|How to apply||Submit a graduate admission application to UCM International Admissions Office online.|
|Important Dates||All application materials must be received by International Admissions Office on April 1 for Fall admission (August) and October 1 for Spring admission (January).|