This page details all of the application materials and admissions requirements for DigiPen’s MS in Computer Science degree program. Read all sections carefully and please contact admissions[at]digipen[dot]edu if you need clarification on any of these requirements.
All applicants to the MS in Computer Science program must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission:
Completed a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA)
Coursework or work experience in all of the following:
Computer Science: data structures, algorithm design and analysis, computer architecture, principles of operating systems, and software engineering
Programming: experience programming in a high-level language
Mathematics: calculus, linear algebra, and discrete mathematics
In addition, the ideal candidate will have experience with some of the following:
Computer Science: computer networking, artificial intelligence, compiler theory, theory of computation, parallel/multi-threaded programming, computer graphics (e.g. a basic undergraduate course)
Programming: programming in C++, programming in a teamwork environment, video game programming
Mathematics: numerical analysis, graph theory, number theory, combinatorics, probability theory
Application for Admission
You must submit an online application to be considered for admission. You may save your progress partway through the application if you choose to complete it over more than one session. We recommend that you review the application instructions on this page and prepare the necessary materials prior to beginning the online application.
You must include a $60 application fee along with your application. If applying online, the fee can be paid by credit card or you can select the option to pay the fee later. Fees can be paid by credit card, cash, check, or money order (made out to DigiPen Institute of Technology).
DigiPen Computer Science Test
If you have an undergraduate degree in any major other than computer science or computer engineering, you must take DigiPen’s Computer Science Exam. A score of 70% is the minimum acceptable score for the DigiPen Computer Science Exam. Please note that achieving an acceptable score on the DigiPen Computer Science Exam does not guarantee admission. For more information on DigiPen’s Computer Science Exam, please email admissions[at]digipen[dot]edu.
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. (To have your test results sent directly to DigiPen, include the GRE code 4193 on your exam form.)
Students applying to the MS in Computer Science program 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.
* 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 MS in Computer Science program.
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. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent directly to DigiPen by the issuing institutions. You may, however, send the transcripts yourself if they are first sealed in an envelope and stamped across the seal by the issuing institution’s registrar.
Statement of Purpose Essay
Applicants to the MS in Computer Science program should use the following outline to write their statement of purpose essay:
Introduce yourself and give your general reasons for pursuing graduate study. Because our selection committee reads many applications, make your statement stand out by revealing your particular talents and individuality.
The aim of this section is to demonstrate that you have the necessary foundation and qualifications to be successful in this program. You should discuss:
Why you chose this field and what motivated you to pursue computer science.
Your expertise and accomplishments in your major field and any research you have performed. Mention projects and the names of professors who supervised your work.
Your undergraduate studies in mathematics, including calculus, discrete math, linear algebra, and numerical computations, and how they relate to what you intend to do in this graduate program.
Specific experiences that demonstrate your competence, motivation, and inspiration for continued study in computer architecture, operating systems, and networking; data structures and algorithm analysis; high-level programming languages (C and C++); computer graphics; and game software design and/or production.
Other relevant experiences (e.g. jobs, community activities, leadership in school organizations, awards, or honors). Include names of people, organizations, and other important details.
If necessary, briefly explain any discrepancies on your transcript, which might include a lower GPA in a particular semester or year.
Tell us about yourself. Describe your family and your community (or a community in which you once lived). You could include whether your family, a family member in particular, or someone in your community influenced your field of interest. Also, give examples of personal attributes or qualities that you know will help you successfully complete graduate study. For example, describe projects or work that exemplify your determination to achieve your goals, your initiative and ability to develop ideas, and your capacity to work through problems independently.
Provide a brief summary of why you are qualified to enroll in and will be successful in this graduate program.
Essay Submission Guidelines
Follow these guidelines for submitting your statement of purpose:
Letters of Recommendation
Graduate applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation with their application. Letters of recommendation must be from individuals familiar with your academic background or work ethic (e.g. an instructor, guidance counselor, or employer). Recommendation letters from family members will not be considered.
You may choose to enter the contact information for your references in the online application. In this case, our system will email each reference a link to an electronic recommendation form once your application is submitted. You should ask your references for recommendations before including their names on your application and tell them to expect a reference request via email.
For hard copy submissions, each letter must be sealed, signed, and dated by the author and must contain a contact phone number. Recommenders should explain how long they have known you and in what capacity. You should provide your recommenders with a link to or a hard copy of the Letter of Recommendation Template. Alternatively, references may write their own letters of recommendation without using this template.
For International Applicants
In addition to the typical requirements for undergraduate applicants, international applicants must also provide additional information to be considered for admission to DigiPen. Visit our International Applicants page for details about the Financial Responsibility Form, and providing Proof of Proficiency in the English Language (for non-native English speakers).