Ph.D. Admissions

The Ph.D. Program

Admission to the Ph.D. program in Computer Science and Engineering is normally open only to those students possessing an M.S. in Computer Science, Computer Science and Engineering, or Computer Engineering. Students with no previous graduate degree can be considered for direct admission into the Ph.D. program (bypassing the M.S.) if they have exceptional baccalaureate records.

Applicants must submit scores for the General Test portion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Further information is available on the Ph.D. program page.

Admission of UCONN Master’s students. Students in the M.S. program in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Connecticut who plan on applying for the Ph.D. program are strongly advised to complete a Plan A Master’s program: the thesis can provide direct evidence of preparedness for independent study and research activity.

Admission of students with Master’s degrees in other areas. Students with a master’s degree in an area other than Computer Science, Computer Science and Engineering, or Computer Engineering should initially apply for admission to the M.S. program. Transfer to the Ph.D. program can take place as soon as the student demonstrates the ability to carry out Ph.D. level work in Computer Science and Engineering. In any case, it may not be necessary to complete the formal requirements for an M.S. degree in Computer Science and Engineering.

Recommended deadline for submitting the completed applications are as follows:

  • For full consideration, applications must arrive by Jan. 1. Applications arriving after that date will be considered on an ongoing basis until positions are filled.
  • Part-time Master’s applicants are considered bimonthly.

Testing; institution and department codes. For the GRE: UConn’s institution code is: 3915. The department code is: 0402. For the TOEFL: UConn’s institution code is: 3915. The department code is: 78. The country code is: 592.

Detailed Admission Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. program in Computer Science and Engineering is normally open only to those students possessing an M.S. in Computer Science, Computer Science and Engineering, or Computer Engineering. Students with no previous graduate degree can be considered for direct admission into the Ph.D. program (bypassing the M.S.) if they have exceptional baccalaureate records.

  1. GRE test scores. Applicants must submit scores for the General Test portion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  2. Three letters of recommendation. The applicant must submit three letters of recommendation supporting the application. A strong letter should speak to your specific strengths and experiences.
  3. A personal statement, describing the applicant’s aspirations for graduate study and relevant biographical background.

A successful Ph.D. application must address the ability to carry out independent study and self-directed research. This should be meaningfully addressed in the personal letter; at least one of the required letters of recommendation should speak to these skills.

For further details, including limits on course and credit transfer, the Ph.D. Program Description in the Graduate Catalog.

Admission of UCONN Master’s students. Students in the M.S. program in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Connecticut who plan on applying for the Ph.D. program are strongly advised to complete a Plan A Master’s program: the thesis can provide direct evidence of preparedness for independent study and research activity.

Admission of students with Master’s degrees in other areas. Students with a master’s degree in an area other than Computer Science, Computer Science and Engineering, or Computer Engineering should initially apply for admission to the M.S. program. Transfer to the Ph.D. program can take place as soon as the student demonstrates the ability to carry out Ph.D. level work in Computer Science and Engineering. In any case, it may not be necessary to complete the formal requirements for an M.S. degree in Computer Science and Engineering.

Inquiries

For general inquiries concerning our graduate programs, contact Professor Amir Herzberg, Director of Graduate Programs. Alternatively, inquiries and requests for application materials can be emailed to csegradinfo@engr.uconn.edu or by conventional mail at:

Computer Science & Engineering Department
371 Fairfield Road, Unit 4155
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-4155
 

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