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Admissions – Fall Only

– Scores submitted after application
– Showing as not received
– Minimum Score
– TOEFL Exceptions

Admissions – Fall Only

The UNC-CH Computer Science Graduate Program does not offer spring admission. Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2018 admission.


For up-to-date admissions deadlines, visit this page. The department does admissions on a rolling basis, and the limited spots will most likely be full in March or April.

To be considered for fellowships, completed applications are typically due in December.

Deadlines and suggested deadlines apply to international applicants. Supplemental materials such as recommendation letters and/or scores can come in after any deadline. The applicant’s part of the application should be completed and submitted by the deadlines, including the application fee. Departments cannot view applications until the application fee is paid.

Being Considered for Financial Assistance/Funding

All applicants are considered for department funding (which includes Research and Teaching Assistantships) until admissions closes in April. Applications submitted between December 1 and December 13 will also be considered for university fellowships. Applications submitted after December 13 will be considered only for department funding.

Foreign Degrees

Individuals with only 3-year degrees do not meet the educational requirement for graduate admission.  See the note on foreign degrees in the Instructions for Graduate Applicants under Transcripts.

Statement of Purpose vs. Personal Statement

This is one and the same document.

Financial Certificate For International Students

Applicants do NOT have to upload or submit the International Student data & Financial Certification or other documents during the application process.  Once an offer of admission is given, then the applicant would need to submit this information along with supporting documents.


Applications are not disqualified from consideration of score falls below the minimum score level.

GRE And/Or TOEFL Scores

Submitted After The Application Deadline.

Your application will still be reviewed if scores are received after the deadlines.  Decisions can not be made until the scores are received.

Showing As Not Received:

I. The process of official test scores matching your application can take 5-7 business days.  Please check your application status regularly to monitor test scores matching to your submitted application.

II.  If you have JUST submitted your application, allow a few days to one weekthe system to match scores to the application.  Test scores are not immediately matched and your application may say “Scores Not Received” for a few days.

III.  It may be the case that your scores need to be linked to your application if your name was not exactly as it was on your official test report.  Please send an email to requesting your scores be linked to your application if you feel they should have been received already.

Minimum GRE Or TOEFL Score.
Is There A Cut Off Score Where An Application Will Not Be Considered?

There is no score that would disqualify an application from being considered.  Keep in mind the competitive nature of the Computer Science applications.  If a score is slightly below the Graduate Schools posted minimum score, it will not be disqualified.

Updated scores are always accepted, even after you submit your application.

For more information on the GRE score standard, please see the CS Admissions Requirements page.

TOEFL exceptions or waivers:

If you think you qualify for a waiver or exception to the TOEFL, see the Instructions for Graduate Applicants and look under the TOEFL or IELTS Score link.  It lists acceptable exceptions here.

TOEFL ITP accepted?

Computer based TOEFL scores are permissible/accepted.

Applying For MS And/Or PhD Requires Only One Application

Applicants are always considered for either program.  If you already have a MS in Computer Science or a closely related field, you should apply to the PhD Program.

Applicants holding a Master’s Degree already in something other than Computer Science, may apply to UNC-CH’s MS in Computer Science.

Recommendation Letters Arriving After The Application Deadline

Applications will still be processed, reviewed, and considered if recommendation letters arrive after the deadline.

Not Finding Institution under “Education” in your application

As stated in the AY Application:  IF YOU CANNOT LOCATE YOUR SCHOOL: Please type School Not Listed into the Institution Name field below (do NOT leave the Institution Name field blank), leaving all other fields blank and then click on “search”.

Decisions & Notifications

Admission offers are sent on a rolling bases after the review of the application and a committee decision has been made.  Due to the high volume of applications received, the review process takes time.  We understand your eagerness to receive information but please try and refrain from emailing until you are contacted or notified.  Offers start to go our in late January and usually continue through late March or until the allotted number of admission slots has been reached.

Applicants not being offered admission will begin receiving notification mid-/late- April.

Cost of Attendance

Tuition and Fees

General Costs for Graduate/Professional Students