Graduate Admissions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Question Answer
When is the application deadline We begin reviewing applications on March 15th and review until May 30th. Generally by May 1st. Admissions decisions are typically made. Therefore it is important to submit your application before May 1st.
Is the GRE test required Yes, the GRE is required of all graduate students for MS in Computer Science
I am a graduate student at Delaware State University, can I transfer to your program. No, you must apply and be evaluated as every graduate student is evaluated.
I am a Delaware State University undergrad CS or IT student, do I have to take the GREs? Yes, it is required of all graduate students in Computer Science
Is there funding available Limited funding is available either as a teaching assistant (TA) or research assistant.
Do you offer Spring admissions? No, we offer Fall admissions only.
Attached are my transcript, resume, and GRE scores. Can you tell me my chances of being accepted? We cannot unofficially evaluate applications. Please apply officially and the admissions committee will evaluate your completed application materials.
How long will it take? The curriculum is designed for 2-years full time.
How long will it take part time? Depending on the number of courses taken each semster and how your thesis or project is planned, anywhere from 2-5 years.
What is the statute of limitations for the MS. You have 5 years to complete your MS.
Do you have internship programs? It is possible depending on your advisor and plan of study. It would also depend on your immigration visa status.
In what types of research can I get involved. Please consult the research lab web-pages.
Can full time students also maintain employment. Generally no. Full time graduate school has been described as having two full-time jobs. It will consume all of your time.
How are international students' admissions handled. Once an international student is accepted, immigration related information is processed through Delaware State University's International Programs Office.
Can I just take MS courses? Yes, you may take MS courses as a non-degree student provided you have the pre-requisites. If a non-degree student is subsequently accepted into the MS program, he or she may petition to carry forward up to a maximum of 9 credit hours (3 courses) into the program.
I am currently in an MS program in Computer Science will my courses transfer? There is no guarantee of transfer. A maximum of 9 credits (3 courses) can be transferred. The decision is at the sole discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences. This requires rigorous evaluation for which the student will provide a syllabus, and course catalogue description. It may also require taking an exam that measures competencies covered in DSU's version of the courses requested for transfer.
I am from a foreign institution. Do I have to have a WES transcript evaluation. Yes, you must have your transcript evaluated if from a foreign institution.
Are your course meeting times amenable to working professionals? Graduate courses generally meet towards the evening (4:30pm-5:45pm, 6:00pm-7:15pm)
My BS is in Psychology, can I apply to the MS? It is very important that you have the undergraduate prerequisites listed in the program description documents. If you do not have adequate preparation, we recommend you either enroll in the appropriate upper level undergraduate courses at Delaware State University or elsewhere prior to your application.
Is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required? Yes, the TOEFL is required of all applicants from a foreign institution.
I have taken the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, do you accept IELTS scores and do I have to take the TOEFL? The general requirements set by the School of Graduate Studies and Research require the TOEFL for graduate students from foreign institutions. You may include your IELTS scores as supplemental information with your application package, but the TOEFL is required. Applications from foreign institutions missing TOEFL scores will be considered incomplete and may not be evaluated.
The School of Graduate Studies specifies target TOEFL score of 550, why does Computer Science admissions state a target TOEFL score of 575? The requirements set by the School of Graduate Studies and Research are general requirements. The individual departments can and often do specify more stringent requirements.
I currently work in industry in the Computer Sciences, will my experience be considered? The Computer Science Department admissions committee considers a number of factors in arriving upon admissions decisions. Most important are those factors that indicate a candidate's potential for success in graduate level studies. Relevant work experience can factor into the decision. Other important factors include academic preparation and background, mathematical maturity, potential for research, and ability program in high-level programming languages.