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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Students accepted into the Computer Science master's program must meet the requirements for regular or provisional admission. Provisional students are classified as follows: nondegree, undergraduate and international. The following admission requirements apply to all candidates: 

Regular Admission

Regular admission requires that the student has met ALL of the following requirements:

  • The applicant has submitted a completed Application for Admission to Enrollment Services with the required fee payment.
  • The applicant has taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE examinations within the last five years, and the scores have been received by Enrollment Services.* An undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher may be substituted for the graduate school entry examination.
  • The applicant has earned a baccalaureate degree in computer science or related field from an accredited senior institution.
  • The applicant has provided Enrollment Services with official transcripts from ALL institutions where undergraduate or graduate courses have been taken.
  • The applicant has provided Enrollment Services with two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the student's work or academic record. Recommendations from family members are NOT acceptable.
  • The applicant has provided Enrollment Services with a personal letter of work experience no more than 500 words outlining his or her academic and career goals.

No single criterion will be decisive.  Each item will be considered in relation to the applicant's total qualifications.  Although Charleston Southern University has preferred levels for such criteria, each application is evaluated on an individual basis.

* The testing requirement may be waived if previous graduate level courses have been taken or the undergraduate degree conferral date has been more than 10 years.  Decisions to waive this requirement will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Director of the Computer Science Graduate Program.

After preliminary review of the application and submission of all required documents, an applicant may be requested to complete an evaluative admission interview conducted by the Director of the Computer Science Graduate Program.  This interview may be completed either in person or by telephone, and will assist in evaluation of the applicant's level of maturity, interpersonal skills, career focus, motivation and discussion on thesis or nonthesis track studies.


Provisional Admission

Provisional admission may be granted to a student who has a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, but has not met all requirements for regular admission. Requirements for provisional admission are as follows:

  • Provisional admission can be given only upon the specific recommendation of the Director of the Computer Science Graduate Program once the appropriate documents have been received by the Hunter Center.
  • A student may take a MAXIMUM of nine graduate hours in the Computer Science master's program under provisional or nondegree admission. Once the student has taken nine graduate hours, no further graduate coursework may be undertaken until the student has met the following criteria:
  • The student must have a completed admission's file in the Hunter Center.
  • The student must show a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on the first nine (9) credit hours of graduate course work at Charleston Southern University.
  • The Director of Graduate Studies in Computer Science must recommend the student for regular admission.

Note: Financial Aid is not available to students under Provisional Admission.


Nondegree Graduate Student

Admission as a nondegree graduate student may be granted to an applicant with a baccalaureate degree who does not desire to work toward a graduate degree or is enrolled in another university and desires that credit for courses taken at CSU be transferred to the graduate school in which the student is seeking a degree. Financial Aid is not available to nondegree students.

Regulations Governing Nondegree Graduate Students: A nondegree student must present a transcript demonstrating an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Even though a nondegree graduate student has been admitted to the university, the student has not been admitted to any department or to any degree program. No more than nine (9) credit hours earned while classified as a nondegree graduate student will be accepted toward a Master of Science in Computer Science degree at Charleston Southern University. A student must, therefore, gain regular admission to the program before completing more than nine (9) credit hours of study for additional hours to be counted toward a master's degree. Regular admission is based on criteria above.


International Students

Academically qualified students from foreign countries are encouraged to apply for admission to Charleston Southern University. Applicants must be sufficiently proficient in English to be able to study entirely in the English language. The following must be sent to the Enrollment Services Office in addition to the admission materials for the graduate program:

Official Bank Statement

Official Course by Course Evaluation (See international application for approved agencies.)

Official TOEFL (Students from countries where English is not the primary language will be required to submit a minimum TOEFL score of 550; computer-based score of 213 or internet-based score of 79.)

International Student Eligibility Form

Due to Immigration and Naturalization Service requirements and the necessity of having transcripts evaluated, the deadline for admission applications from International students is one calendar month prior to registration day (according to the CSU Academic Calendar) of the academic term of entry. Applications received after the deadline may be considered for a future entry term if the applicant desires. Students are required to have their academic transcript(s) evaluated by an outside agency prior to admission's acceptance. All fees for these services are paid by the student directly to the party or agency providing them. You may call The Graduate Center for more information.

When an applicant has been accepted by the university, a Certificate of Eligibility for the nonimmigrant (F-1) student, known as Form I-20 A-B, will be mailed along with an acceptance letter. Students entering Charleston Southern University must assume full financial responsibility for tuition and charges incurred.

In the event a student is being sponsored by an individual or company, an Affidavit of Support and supporting financial documents must be submitted by the sponsor on behalf of the student. After issuance of Form I-20 A-B and prior to the drop/add deadline of the respective term, an advance cash deposit is required to be on file within the business office in the amount of the total cost of the term, including any necessary insurance premium. Otherwise Charleston Southern University reserves the right to deny the student attendance for that term.


Transfer Credit 

Graduate credits accepted for transfer from other accredited institutions must be completed within the six (6) year period allowed for a master's degree. Only coursework completed with a grade of B or better will be considered for transfer credit.  Only nine (9) hours are accepted as transfer credit, a maximum of six (6) hours in either the core or elective computer science courses.  The student must provide catalog descriptions of the courses to be considered for transfer credit to the Director of Graduate Studies in Computer Science for approval.  A student desiring to take a graduate course at another accredited institution must secure permission to do so in advance from the Director of Graduate Studies in Computer Science and the Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.