How to Apply

The following steps must be completed in order for us to evaluate your application. Furthermore, first priority for admission and financial aid is given to applicants whose materials are received by February 1 for the Fall Semester, and October 15 for the Spring Semester. If you have any questions about, or problems with, the application process, please contact us via email at or by phone at 1-513-529-0340. Current Miami University Computer Science or Software Engineering undergraduate majors may wish to consider the combined BS/MCS program.

Step 1: Gather all required materials.

To complete your application, you will need: 

  1. A PDF copy of your college transcript (an unofficial copy is okay)
  2. Your GRE general test scores submitted directly to Miami University, and an unofficial PDF copy of your score sheets for the application
  3. International students only: Your TOEFL scores, or other evidence of English proficiency, submitted directly to Miami University, and an unofficial PDF copy of score sheets for your application. (See the Graduate School English proficiency requirements page for more information, and other ways of fulfilling the requirement.)
  4. A personal statement outlining your academic interests, professional goals, and reasons for selection our program (PDF or Microsoft Word format).
  5. A 1-2 page resume including relevant academic or work experience. In particular, let us know about any prior research, teaching, or programming experience.
  6. A 2-3 page sample of computer code that you have written. Use comments to indicate what the program does, and how to use it. Use whatever programming language you prefer.
  7. The names and email addresses of 3-4 recommendation writers. We must receive at least 3 letters of recommendation before we can evaluate your application. To expedite the process you may submit 4 names, and we will use the first 3 letters that arrive.

Step 2: Fill out the online application form, and pay application fee.

International students should use this form: International Application.

Domestic students should use this form: Domestic Application.

Step 3: Wait for results, and keep in touch.

You may wish to contact us via email at to make sure that your application is complete, and that we have received all of your materials.

We make admissions decisions by March 15, and our initial round of financial aid offers shortly afterwards. If you have not heard from us, you may feel free to contact us at to ask for an update on your status.

We continue to make financial aid offers throughout the spring until all graduate assistantships have been distributed. This process is usually completed by May 15.

Admission Guidelines

For information on admission guidelines for a Master's of Science in Computer Science visit the Admission and Application Requirements.

Contact Information

Graduate Director, Master of Science in Computer Science Program
Miami University
Computer Science and Software Engineering Dept MSC 1029
510 E. High St.
Oxford, OH 45056