See our graduate programs for information about the CS master's program.
If you have questions on our programs and the admissions process, please first read over all of the information on this page and on pages linked from here. If you still have questions, then you should contact...
- If you have questions related to getting an I-20 (this applies only to international students), contact ISU-IPS@mail.indstate.edu.
- If you have questions about having an incomplete application, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you have been admitted and have questions about setting up your ISU online account, contact the department administrative assistant listed on our homepage.
- If you are ready to sign up for courses and need to know which courses to sign up for, contact a CS graduate advisor.
First, all conditions of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies must be met, as listed on their website. In particular, an applicant must hold a 4-year undergraduate/bachelor's degree before beginning at Indiana State. International students must also satisfy English proficiency requirements listed at the bottom of https://www.indstate.edu/cgps/graduate/apply/international-degree-seeking-application.
The department makes an effort to make the CS MS program available to as many students as possible. Students with less background in computer science are by default placed into the professional concentration. Students interested in the academic concentration should be in touch with the CS program director.
Applicants will be prompted by the application system to upload a current resume. This is used to assist in placing students into appropriate courses. The application system can take additional optional items as well if you would like us to consider these.
Admissions Deadline and Timeline
In general, for spring admission we consider all applications that are complete before November 15; for fall admission we normally consider all applications that are complete before July 15. To be complete, you must have uploaded a resume into the application. If you are an international student you must have scores sent demonstrating you have met the English language requirements of ISU as mentioned above. You should also check the application system to see if it indicates any other information that is missing.
Last chance deadlines The following are the dates that are normally used as the "last chance to apply". After these dates, it is not possible to apply for the given term, and an application should be complete before the deadline.
- Admission to begin in Fall: July 15
- Admission to begin in Spring: November 15
- Admission to begin in Summer: March 15 (though note that we only admit to begin in the summer in special circumstances)
Assistantships and Funding
The department regularly supports some of our best students with full assistantships, which cover the cost of tuition and include a stipend. Positions are very limited and competitive. Those awarded funding typically are strong in both algorithms/theory and programming, obtain at least 90th percentile on the quantitative portion of the GRE, and are very hard working and earnest individuals. All who apply for admission will automatically be given consideration for an assistant ship position.
Deadline For new students to be considered for assistantships, their application must be complete before March 15 for fall admission, and before Oct 15 for spring admission. Note that if you are applying during your final term of your undergraduate degree, you should upload an unofficial transcript into the application system.
If you have other questions that have not been answered, you are encouraged to view the pages linked at http://indstate.edu/gradexpress/ for further information about Indiana State University. Pages of particular note there are the current tuition and fees.
The instructions and application for applying for a master's of Computer Science are on this webpage at the College of Graduate and Professional Studies' website. They will process your application and route it to the Math and CS department for consideration. After we have decided on whether to admit you to the program, you will be contacted by the College of Gradate and Professional Studies.
Important: It generally takes about about 4 weeks to process an application and come to a decision on admittance. If all required documents have been submitted and you have been admitted, you will receive an email and an official acceptance letter in the mail. If this is being mailed to an international address, the standard mailing system can take up to 4-6 weeks of shipping time. In this case, we recommend that you choose the expedited shipping so that your acceptance letter arrives sooner - giving you more time to schedule for a visa interview. For information on expediting your I-20 shipment, see this link.
Important: Make sure to submit all required documents when applying (according to the application instructions). If you do not submit all required forms, this will delay a decision on your admittance. You will not be admitted until all required forms have been received.
Application status: If you have been contacted by the department with the current status of your application, the meaning of the status codes mentioned in the email are as follows.
- Regular Admission - you have been granted admission, and should receive an official email to this effect from email@example.com soon (or you have already received that).
- Conditional Admission - you have been granted admission, but some document will need to be provided by the end of the fall semester. Normally this means you are finishing your undergraduate degree now, and will need to send official transcripts after you finish. The conditional admission is automatically updated to a regular admission after you send the transcripts or other documents.
- Wait List - I am not sure what this means, I'm going to check with admissions.
- Updated to Different Term - you were granted admission and later changed which term you wanted to beg in.
- Referred to IAC - some document you submitted is being checked for authenticity (e.g., transcript, bank statement, ...). Note that if this is your status, it can take up to a few weeks for the processing to be complete. There are sometimes delays in getting a response from your university to verify your transcripts. If you have had this status for some time, you can let us know and we can look into it for you.
- Wait List - same as Referred to IAC.
- Referred to Department - the paperwork is in the process of being sent to the department for our decision. You can expect to hear from us with a decision within a week or two.
- Pending Decision - same as Referred to Department.
- Interlink Recommendation - you do not meet the minimum qualifications for English proficiency requirements listed at the bottom of https://www.indstate.edu/cgps/graduate/apply/international-degree-seeking-application. You will language requirements. You will probably hear from someone hear asking if you want to enroll in an English language curriculum here that would help you meet the requirement.
- Incomplete Application - there is something missing from your application. This is most often an official transcript. Note that the transcript must be sent from the university.
For international students, once all documents have been verified you will receive an email from the admissions office notifying you of your admission. Within a week or so you should hear from the ISU International Programs and Services office with information on having an I-20 shipped to you, which you will need to apply for a student visa to enter the US. Some of our previous students have compiled some advice to consider when preparing for your visa interview.
- During the visa interview the consulate performs a thorough background check. We need to make sure we have all the documents accurate and ready.
- We have to provide a strong proof of financial security, either from the bank or show that our family has enough funds to support our education.
- They go through our undergraduate records, and they will ask us the reason if we have any backlogs or failed in any of the subjects. We must be ready to give a reasonable response.
- They will ask us the reason we chose ISU( Indiana State University) to pursue our Masters. The students can mention some of the things I experienced after coming to ISU. ISU has a small program, where each individual gets a lot of focus. Highly skilled and dedicated professors, from whom we can learn a lot, get an opportunity to be involved in their research work. Lot of opportunities to get Graduate Assistant-ships, which will provide job and a fee waiver. (In the visa interview its best not to mention about future employment opportunities, because the consulate expects students to return to their homeland after their education.)
- -The students could go through some of the papers or current work of some of the professors, relate their own field of interest or research experience and explain why studying or working under them will be a great and beneficial experience.
- Finally what matters is how we present ourselves and how well we convey our message to them.
- You need to be completely CLEAR on your aim and what you are going to do in US. Be CONFIDANT to answer the questions. Go through cs.indstate.edu to check all course work, professors and summer research areas. In ISU you will have good opportunity to learn and you will be involved in the research areas based on your interests. Current summer research concentration is Graph theory. (You can mention these points in the visa interview to show him your interest)