Admissions Policy

Applicants to the computer science and software engineering degree programs are expected to:

  • Meet the Graduate College's grade-point-average requirement of not less than 2.75 on a 4.0 scale on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours.
  • The computer science programs require an official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score to be submitted prior to admission consideration with a preferred score of 286 and no less than 140 on the verbal section (effective Fall 2015) and 148 on the quantitative section. If you took the GRE within the last five years and prior to the new examination, the following preferred scores will be considered: 1000 (minimum of 300 verbal and 600 quantitative). GRE scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, to our university's Graduate College. The college code for Texas State University is 006667. The Educational Testing Service can be contacted at www.ets.org/gre. Texas State applicants are required to take only the General Test. The GRE may be waived if the applicant holds a master’s degree from an accredited US institution. GRE waiver requests submitted to the department are reviewed on a case-by-case basis if the degree earned was granted from an accredited international university.
  • International students must satisfy the Graduate College TOEFL requirement: minimum of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), and 78 (iBT).
  • Meet any additional basic requirements for admission to the Graduate College. Furthermore, applicants must have their files completed by the application deadlines as published in the Graduate Catalog.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (effective Fall 2015) are required.*** 
  • An academic vitae (resume) (effective Fall 2015)***
  • A Statement of Purpose (effective Fall 2015)***

The basic Graduate College admission requirements for a degree-seeking student can be found on the Graduate College's webpage information for admission policies.  International students have additional requirements and they should also refer to the related Graduate College international admission policies information.

As an option, individuals should contact the graduate advisor about any background course deficiencies.  The graduate advisor will work with the individual for a list of background courses that need to be completed before the student can apply for entry to the degree program.  The individual then may apply for non-degree seeking "special student" admission to enroll in computer science background courses before completing the GRE requirement.

Contact Us

For contact information, please visit the Contact Us page.

To obtain more detailed information about the graduate programs, to apply for graduate admission, or to apply for non-degree special student admission, please write to:

The Graduate College
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666-4605
Telephone: 512.245.2581
Fax: 512.245.8365
E-mail: gradcollege@txstate.edu

*** All required documents can be uploaded to Graduate Admissions Document Upload (GADU).