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MS Computer Science Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When are applications due? Can I start in the Fall or Spring?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis for Fall and Spring semesters. However, it is best to apply early to ensure ample time for feedback on your application and consideration for scholarship.

Q: What is the tuition rate?

For the most updated information on tuition and fees, consult Student Financial Services here.

Q: Are scholarships available?

Limited merit-based scholarships are available for students who demonstrate academic excellence. Students can view additional scholarship opportunities here. Admitted students will be able to view and apply for Graduate Assistantships through their Hofstra University Portal.

Q: Can I work while studying?

International students should not rely on working to fund their studies. The Office of International Student Affairs can provide more information regarding working while studying on an F-1 visa. Contact them here.

Q: Can I participate in the Co-Op Program?

Graduate Computer Science students can participate in the Co-Op Program. F-1 International Students are eligible to participate if they meet all requirements to obtain authorization for Curricular Practical Training (CPT).

Q: What are the minimum GPA and GRE Score required to apply?

Applications are reviewed holistically, meaning, all pieces of your application are taken in to consideration. However, successful candidates generally have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA and a GRE quantitative score of 150 or better.

Q: What are the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score required to apply?

TOEFL: 80 or IELTS: 6.5. Applicants who are academically admissible but have lower TOEFL/IELTS scores may qualify for conditional admission through the English Language Program.

Q: Do I need to take the GRE exam?

Yes, unless special permission is given from the Graduate Program Director.

Q: Do I need to have a background in Computer Science to apply?

No, however, if admitted you may need to take certain pre-requisite courses depending on your background.

Q: I haven't taken all the pre-requisites. Can I still apply?

Yes. If you are admitted to the program then the Graduate Program Director will review with you which pre-requisite courses you need to take.

Q: Do I need to submit a personal statement or letters of recommendation?

You are welcome to submit a personal statement and letters of recommendation; however, they are not required.

Q: What do I need to apply?

Consult the admission requirements here.

Q: When are courses offered?

Courses are offered on campus and in distance-learning (DL) format. Courses on campus are typically offered in the evenings to accommodate working professionals.