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Master of Computer Science Online Program


Application review begins April 1, 2019 for any complete application that has been submitted and letters of recommendation received. The application review process will be ongoing with a final deadline of July 15, 2019. The application deadline is based on midnight in the Eastern time zone, five hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Students can start in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Required application material

Letters of recommendation

Recommendations should be requested from at least 3 individuals.  The letters should be from professors, research advisors, direct supervisors, or people in similar roles, who are familiar with your technical skills in engineering, science, or computer science. You should not submit letters from friends or colleagues.  You may submit more than 3 but no less than 3 must be submitted with your application. Visit the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Letters of Recommendation page for additional information.

Official Transcripts

Transcripts and Unofficial transcripts may be submitted with your application. Upon acceptance into the program, you will be asked to send official transcripts. 


The GRE test is highly recommended for all applicants. If an applicant has relevant industrial experience, the Admissions Committee will factor in work experience and the recommendation of your current supervisor in lieu of any missing GRE scores when evaluating the application. Applicants who do not have GRE scores are expected to have 3+ years of full-time work experience in a scientific/technical field. Furthermore, at least one of the recommendation letters must be from a supervisor and should speak to your technical and communication promise/ability and any relevant industrial experience should be highlighted in your resume. Have your scores sent directly to Rice University using code: 6609 (GRE subject tests are not required).


TOEFL/IELTS scores are required for any student whose native language is not English. The code to send the electronic scores is: 6609. TOEFL score, the minimum is 90 on the iBT & 600 on the paper-based TOEFL. IELTS score, the minimum is 7. This requirement is automatically waived for eligible applicants who upload their transcripts from an English speaking university into this application showing a degree in progress or conferred.

Statement of Purpose

A Statement of Purpose is required for all applicants. This statement should clearly and succinctly summarize your past academic and professional experience and achievements, discuss your motivation for seeking the MCS degree, and explain your future goals. You should also briefly discuss any other factors you would like the Admission Committee to consider while reviewing your application (e.g. personal background, work experience, leadership roles, etc.).


A current CV or resume is required to be submitted with your application

Application Timeline

Semester App Due 1st Day
Spring 2020 Nov 1, 2019 Jan 13, 2020
Summer 2020 Mar 1, 2020 May 4, 2020
Fall 2020 July 1, 2020 Aug 24, 2020

*Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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