Graduate Programs in Computer Science
The Computer Science program at Brandeis provides students with strong foundations in three fundamental areas: designing and building software, developing effective ways to solve computing problems, and devising new and better ways of using computers to address challenges. Graduates are employed in a wide variety of settings. Visit the department website for more information about the program. Application information can be found below.
How to Apply
PhD: January 15
Master’s: The deadline is rolling through April 1. Please note that the application could close before April 1 if the cohort is full.
Five-Year Bachelor's/Master's Program: Current undergraduates should apply for the Bachelor's/Master's program during their sixth semester at Brandeis.
PhD: All students who have completed a Bachelor's degree in computer science or a closely related field are eligible to apply to the PhD in computer science.
Master's: The MS in Computer Science is a two-track program designed for students with undergraduate degrees in any field. The 9 course, three-semester MS track is for students with undergraduate majors in computer science; the 12 course, four-semester MS track is for students who have a bachelor's degree in another field who wish to prepare for a PhD or a career in computer science. Student backgrounds will be evaluated by faculty committee for the appropriate track.
To apply, you need to submit:
Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions.
Letters of recommendation, submitted electronically. The PhD program requires three letters of recommendation; the MS requires two letters of recommendation; the BA/MS program requires one letter of recommendation.
A curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé
A statement of purpose indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the academic program and your objectives in undertaking this program.
Standardized tests: PhD: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required. Master’s: GRE required (the GRE is waived for Brandeis undergraduates applying to the Bachelor's/Master's). Our GRE institution code is 3092 (please note: this institution code only applies to GRE scores). MyBest™ scores from ETS will not be accepted.
Additional Requirements for International Applicants: English language proficiency scores (IELTS Academic, PTE, or TOEFL). IELTS TRF numbers can be entered directly into the application. MyBest™ scores from ETS will not be accepted; the TOEFL code for GSAS is 3261. PTE scores need to be delivered through Pearson testing. Further information about this requirement can be found on the International Students page.
For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.