GRE and TOEFL Admissions Requirements

Do I need to take the GRE?

GRE General Test scores are required. Waivers may be given on a case-by case-basis where evidence of strong quantitative ability is demonstrated such as:

  • You earned a master's or equivalent degree from an accredited U.S. university in a technical or quantitative field, including areas in engineering, physical or biological sciences.

  • You earned a Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited U.S. university in any field.

  • You have extensive quantitative work experience.

  • You have taken the GMAT and received strong quantitative scores.

If you would like to be considered for a GRE waiver, please send a copy of your resume and unofficial transcripts to

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

GRE Scores
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: 80th 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 self reported test scores?
Officical GRE and TOEFL test scores are required to be submitted with your application. Applications are not considered compete until the official test scores have been received. If you have any issues with the timing of your official scores reaching our office, expired scores, etc., please contact us directly at

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.