Graduate Admissions Interview

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This page contains details on the technical interview that is used by the department for graduate admissions.


All applicants who have a complete application for the CS MS program will be invited to have a brief technical interview (over Teams) with a CS faculty member. The interview is intended to take 15-30 minutes. We use the interview to inform our decision on admission and consideration for assistantship positions. The interview includes technical questions related to data structures and algorithms, and a portion of doing some basic coding on the computer.

Note that the CS Admissions Page mentions the standards we are looking for to admit a student, which we verify using the technical interview.

Before the Interview

When you have a complete application, the department will write to you asking you to complete a series of online quizzes - MS Admissions Quiz Instructions - to demonstrate that you are competent in programming and data structures and algorithms. You can take some time to be able to complete the quizzes at the required mastery level, and reply to the department message when you have completed them at the required level. When you have done so, you should reply to the department message with the items listed on the quiz instructions, and also attach a current resume or c.v.

Note - if you are still working on your programming skills, you might take a look at the recommended resources in our Python Programming - Getting Started or C Programming - Getting Started.

Note - for studying data structures, TutorialsPoint has a nice tutorial that you should follow. You should study until you can explain the content and answer questions about the differences between different algorithms and data structures.

Note - if you are considering a university that will admit you to a CS MS degree without you needing to have some basic programming and data structures skills, you should be wary of the program. If the admissions standards are too low, the program itself will likely not live up to your expectations either.

The Interview

We will ask you about your recent background (when was your degree finished, what major, what have you been doing since, etc.). We will ask you questions similar to the questions on the admissions quizzes. We will also ask you to share your screen and have you do some programming.