GRE and TOEFL Admissions Requirements

Do I need to take the GRE?
GRE General Test scores are required for admission to the Masters Program.  GRE and scores should be sent to us by ETS. Our institution code is 1832.  You do not need a department code.

The program does grant GRE waivers on a case-by-case basis.  In order to receive a waiver we look for evidence of the following:

  • You earned a master's or equivalent degree from an accredited U.S. university in physical or biological science.
  • You earned a Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited U.S. university in any field.
  • You earned an MBA or other MA/MS level degree from an accredited U.S. university.
  • You have extensive work experience and/or proven IT or quantitative expertise.

International applicants with graduate and professional degrees from recognized universities abroad may also qualify for a GRE waiver.

If you feel you qualify for a GRE waiver based on one of the conditions outlined above, please send copies of your resume and transcripts (unofficial ok) to masters-admin@cs.uchicago.edu.

Do you require a GRE Subject Test?
No. GRE Subject Test scores are not required.

GRE Scores
The Masters Program does not have minimum GRE requirements, however, on average, our students have earned the following scores in the General GRE test:

  • Verbal: 50-percentile or higher
  • Quantitative: 75-percentile or higher

We only require the General GRE scores.  We do not require section
scores. The University of Chicago's school code is 1832.

Does the Masters program have a minimum GRE requirement?
The program does not have minimum GRE requirements, however, successful applicants have earned the following scores in the General GRE test:

  • Verbal: 50th percentile and above
  • Quantitative: 75th percentile and above

Do I need to take the TOEFL for admission?
International applications are required to take the TOEFL and achieve minimum scores in accordance with the University’s policy found on the website for the Office of International Affairs

TOEFL Scores
The Masters Program in Computer Science requires TOEFL scores for international applicants above 90 (or IELTS above 7) for admission to the University.  The English language requirement may be waived if the applicant is a native of or studied in full-time status for at least one academic year within the last five years in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or English medium universities in Canada or South Africa.  Students who studied in English in other countries, are not exempt from the English language requirement.

Where should I have my GRE and TOEFL scores sent?
GRE and TOEFL scores should be sent to us by ETS. Our institution code is 1832.

Does the Masters Program accept unofficial copies of transcripts and test scores?
In order to expedite the review process we do accept unofficial copies of transcripts and test scores. If an offer of admission is extended it will be conditional on receipt of official copies of all the required documents.

How long does it take to review my application?
For US Citizens and Permanent Residents, the Masters Program in Computer Science reviews applications on an on-going basis. Admissions decisions will be made on completed applications as they are received. Priority is given to applicants with proposed earlier start dates.

For Full-Time International applicants, completed applications will be reviewed as soon as the application date has passed. Application decisions will be e-mailed within one month of the deadline.

What are my chances for admission?
We often receive emails describing a prospective student’s experience and coursework, and asking what are the chances of admission to the MPCS based on that description. The only way to determine your chances of admission is to submit a completed application and offer us the opportunity to formally review your credentials and skills.