Prospective Students

To be considered, applicants to this graduate program must have been awarded (or about to be awarded) a 4-year bachelor’s degree. The minimum GPA is 3.25, with some flexibility. The GRE is not required. The minimum TOEFL for international students is 79 IBT/213 computer/550 paper which can be waived if you have received a Bachelor's degree from a US university or a university where English is the main language of instruction or the student has an IELTS of 6.5.

The target audience consists primarily of computer science graduates (i.e., graduates with a Major in computer science). We also target graduates with a Minor in computer science and a Major in one of the application domains (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, and geology). On a case by case basis, graduates from the application domains, without a Minor in computer science, may be also accepted, if they have enough credits from the following computer related courses: CS301 Data Structures and Math 330 Discrete Mathematics (or their equivalents). These courses can also be taken as pre-requisites to entering the program.

Important Links
General information about applying to CWU's graduate school
Application information for out-of-state students
Application information for international students

Transfer of Credit

A maximum of 15 quarter credits completed before formal admission, including a maximum of 9 quarter credits transferred from other accredited institutions which offer graduate degrees, may be accepted. The credits must be approved as part of the official Course of Study filed in the Graduate Studies Office. Approval of transfer credit shall be made through Graduate Studies and Research only after an official Course of Study has been filed and only after official transcripts have been submitted directly to the Office of Graduate Studies. Transfer credit must be graded A or B. No credit earned more than 6 years before the date of the master's degree award may be counted as part of the degree credit requirements except as may be approved by formal action of the Dean of Graduate Studies.


There are several available funding opportunities that prospective and current students are elegible for. Among them:

  • The CWU student employment website contains information on how to find a job, and provides general information about how many hours a student may work and be enrolled in classes at the same time.
  • The Computational Science masters program awards Assistantships each quarter. Information on how to apply is available on the CWU graduate school forms and documents page.
  • Fellowships, graduate student summer research fellowships, and student travel grants are also available. Information for all of these is on the forms and documents page of the graduate studies page for CWU.