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Graduate Application Process

When to Apply

If possible, students interested in admission for Fall semester (August) should apply by March 1 if assistantship support is desired. Students applying later can still be considered for assistantships if funds remain. Applications for domestic  students not interested in financial support can be processed up until the beginning of the semester.  International students must apply earlier to allow sufficient time for obtaining a visa.

Students interested in admission for Spring semester (January) should apply by November 1. While some assistantship support may be available starting Spring semester, more opportunities are available to those students starting in Fall. Applications for domestic students not interested in financial support can be processed up until the beginning of the semester.  International students must apply earlier to allow sufficient time for obtaining a visa.

Required Materials

  • Completed online application for admission
  • A non-refundable application fee
  • A professional résumé (or curriculum vitae) describing your education, experience, and areas of technical competence
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Two official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended (request form)
  • Official score from the GRE general test (total 300 or better), not the computer science test (Institution Code 1069, Department Code 0402). This score must be no more than five years old at the time of submitting your application.

International students are also required to submit:

  • BGSU Financial Statement
  • Official TOEFL examination score (80 or better) (Institution Code 1069, Department Code 78). MELAB or IELTS (7 or better) are acceptable alternatives. This score must be no more than two years old at the time of submitting your application.

Admissions Procedure for United States Citizens and Permanent Residents

  1. Follow BGSU procedures for filling out the online application, submitting the fees, transcripts and exam scores. These should be sent to the Graduate College (address below).
  2. Print three copies of the Graduate Student Reference Form, put your name at the top of each, and distribute to three people who can provide information about your preparation for graduate study. [This step not required for graduates of BGSU's undergraduate computer science program.]
  3. Email your professional résumé to rajaei@bgsu.edu. It should be in PDF or Microsoft Word format. If this is not convenient, you can mail a paper copy to the computer science address shown below.

Admissions Procedure for International Students

  1. Follow carefully the application procedures of the Center for International Programs. Note that the support materials must be mailed to the Center for International Programs (address below).
  2. Email your professional résumé to rajaei@bgsu.edu. It should be in PDF or Microsoft Word format. If this is not convenient, you can enclose a paper copy with your other application materials or you can mail it to the computer science address shown below.

NOTE: Bowling Green State University partners with ELS Educational Services to provide conditional admission to a selective list of graduate programs for students who are academically qualified, but who do not meet our English language proficiency requirements at the time of application to the university.  Students may apply for conditional admission based upon eventual completion of ELS Language Center's Intensive English for Academic Purposes Level 112.  To learn more about ELS Engllish for Academic Purposes, locations, starting dates, and to apply, visit http://www.els.edu/en

Computer Science Mailing Address

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Computer Science
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0172
USA

Graduate College Mailing Address

Office of Admissions
ATTN: Graduate Admissions
110 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0083
USA

International Programs Mailing Address

Center for International Programs
219 University Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0023
USA