Applications for Fall 2019 are now open for all degree programs. Apply online.

Application Materials

Applicants to DigiPen's graduate degree programs must submit the following materials in order to be considered for admission.

For All Applicants

For Master of Science in Computer Science Applicants

For Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts Applicants

Additional Materials

Additional information may be requested. Applicants will be notified if anything additional is required.

Graduate Application for Admission

The application for admission can be submitted online. The application may be saved if the applicant is unable to completely fill it out in one session. Once the application is submitted the applicant will no longer be able to edit the application. Applicants are encouraged to review the application instructions and prepare all the necessary information ahead of time.

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Application Fee

All applicants must pay a $60 application fee. The fee can be paid by credit card at that time of online application or the applicant can select the option to send the fee in later. Fees can be paid by credit card, cash, check, or money order (made out to DigiPen Institute of Technology).

Official Transcripts for All Colleges and Universities Attended

Applicants must provide evidence of completion of a bachelor's degree with a recommended minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA for the MS in Computer Science and a recommended minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA for the MFA in Digital Arts. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent directly by the issuing institutions; they may, however, be sent by the applicant if they are first sealed in an envelope and stamped across the seal by the registrar.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters of recommendation must be from individuals familiar with your academic background and/or work ethic (i.e., an instructor, guidance counselor, or employer). Recommendation letters from family members will not be considered. Applicants may choose to enter the contact information for their references in the online application. The application database will email each reference a link to an electronic recommendation form once the application is submitted. Applicants should request recommendation letters from their references prior to entering the references name(s) into the application and tell them to expect a reference request email.

For hard copy submissions, each letter must be sealed, signed, and dated by the author and must include a contact phone number. References should explain how long they have known the applicant and in what capacity. The template below may be used; however, it is not required.

Download: Letter of Recommendation template (PDF)

MS in Computer Science Official Results for the GRE General Test

  • All MS in Computer Science graduate applicants* must complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and arrange for those scores to be sent directly to DigiPen Institute of Technology by the testing agency. GRE code: 4193.
  • Students applying to the Master's Program in Computer Science should note that the preferred combined GRE verbal and math scores should be in the 60th percentile or better.
  • In special cases of highly qualified applicants, we will consider those who do not meet this minimum acceptable score but have other, overriding strengths in the areas of specialization relevant to this program.
  • All applicants with an undergraduate degree in any major other than computer science or computer engineering are required to take DigiPen's Computer Science Exam or submit official scores for the GRE Subject Test in computer science. The GRE Computer Science test was discontinued in April 2013. Scores from that test expire after five years.   A Score of 70% is the minimum acceptable score for the DigiPen Computer Science Exam and an acceptable score for the Computer Science GRE Subject Test is 700 or higher. Please note that achieving an acceptable score on the DigiPen Computer Science Exam or the CS GRE does not guarantee admission. For more information on DigiPen's Computer Science Exam, please email admissions(at)digipen(dot)edu to be directed to the testing services coordinator.

* Effective September 2016, graduates of any of DigiPen's Bachelor of Science degree programs are no longer required to complete the GRE to apply to DigiPen's Master of Science in Computer Science program.

Financial Responsibility Form

Required for: International applicants

If you are already in the United States on a visa, you may not have to submit financial documentation. Please contact admissions(at)digipen(dot)edu for more information.

Applicants intending to study in the United State must provide evidence of financial support, indicating that sufficient funds are available for the 8-month period of study and living expenses must be submitted to DigiPen and made available to U.S. Immigration Service upon entry into the United States. The Financial Responsibility Form must be submitted by all international students regardless of whether or not the student is presently living in the United States. The bank statement needs to be an original document from the bank and not a self-service printout. It should include the balance, currency (preferably USD), and name of the account holder. All assets must be liquid. If the applicant is not the account holder, whomever is financing him/her will need to either sign the Affidavit of Support that is included in the Financial Responsibility Form or write and sign a brief letter confirming that the account holder will support the applicant financially during his/her time at DigiPen. Please do not include a transaction history.

Download: Financial Responsibility Form: Fall 2019-2020 (PDF)

Proof of Proficiency in the English Language

Required for: Applicants who are non-native English speakers

Description: Non-native English speakers must provide proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • A minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (paper exam), 213 (computer exam) or 80 (iBT Internet-based Test). TOEFL code: 4138.
  • A minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or higher. (
  • A minimum Cambridge English: Advanced (also known as a Certificate in Advanced English or CAE) score of C1 or higher.
  • Completion of four years of high school in the United States at an English-speaking school, or an International School where the primary language of instruction is English.
  • Completion of a four-year post-secondary degree in the United States at an English-speaking school, or an International School where the primary language of instruction is English.

TOEFL code: 4138
TOEFL score reporting and exam information:

For students who do not currently meet the required proficiency in the English language levels listed above, please review our Intensive English Preparation course option.

Graduate Admissions Information

GRE Code: 4193
TOEFL Code: 4138