Department of Computer Science|Loyola University Chicago

Department of Computer Science


Graduate International Students

US nationals having an American undergraduate Bachelor's degree should consult the Graduate Admissions page.

If you have questions, contact the Graduate Program Director, or if you are in Chicago, you may also just appear at our drop-in times.


Please note that you can apply and be accepted without having all the undergraduate prerequisites listed for degree programs. At a minimum these prerequisites include Comp 170, Comp 271, and Comp 264. You can be admitted and take these prerequisites before or concurrently with your graduate courses.  It is also possible to have some or all of the prerequisites waived, based on what you've learned since getting your undergrad degree.

Admissions Documents

For international student admission to the graduate degree program in the Department of Computer Science, submit the items below that are not listed as optional.  You may also submit further items if you feel they would help bolster your admissions case.
  1. Completed application form (either completed online for free or downloaded and completed on paper, with a $50 fee).
  2. Those who would like to get financial assistance including departmental teaching assistantships should consult financial support .
  3. International applicants (including those who are seeking financial aid from the department) are encouraged to submit proof(affidavit) of financial support to our International students office simultaneously with filing their application. This will help save a lot of time in processing the visa papers, namely, I-20 or IAP-66 at the earliest. Students who are chosen for the merit awards or scholarships will be notified regardless of their financial standing or ability to support themselves financially.
  4. Please submit Official transcripts of all undergraduate work and any post-baccalaureate  still in sealed envelops sent from the academic institution.Do not open such envelops yourself.Students with transcripts issued by International universities or colleges must be evaluated by an outside evaluator for GPA calculation and determining if the degree is equivalent to an American Bachelor's degree: applicants may send international transcripts for a general evaluation to ECE or to WES for basic international evaluation and allow 4-6 weeks for them to evaluate transcripts and get the results to Loyola. Those students seriously considering Loyola can write to the Graduate Program Director for waiving the transcript evaluation fee. Requesting that Loyola handle the evaluation will require extra time, since the transcript forms must be received by Loyola and sent again to ECE.
  5. GRE scores are not required for admission.  However, taking GRE is advised for international prospective students currently residing abroad because of new visa issuance guidelines.  If you choose to submit them, Loyola's institutional code is 1412; the department code is not needed.
  6. Three letters of recommendation. These are usually from referees familiar with the applicant's academic work, however, if the applicant has been out of school for a long time, then letters of recommendation from co-workers or supervisors will be acceptable.
  7. International students must also earn at least a 550 on the written TOEFL test or 213 on the computer-based test;79 on the internet-based test; or at least a 6.5 on the IELTS.  Loyola's institutional code for the TOEFL is 1412; the department code is not needed.  Students with Bachelor's degrees from accredited institutions in the  US, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, who primarily attended their classes in those countries, are exempt from the TOEFL requirement.

International students requiring an F-1 visa should consult the International Office's page for Graduate Admission for International Students

The tuition fees for graduate courses in the department is $685 per credit hour for year 2007 and subject to change in the future years. All of the graduate courses in our programs are 3 credit hours per term. Hence the fee per course during fall 2006 through summer 2007 is 710$ per unit, 2130 $ per course. The tuition fees for the entire Master's program, which has a 10-course requirement, is $21,300. For more information on tuition fees please refer to the Bursar's pages.

Application Targets for International Students residing in foreign countries (to allow time for I20's, visas...)

  1. Spring Semester: no later than September 15th
  2. Fall Semester: no later than May 15th
  3. Summer Semesters: no later than February 15th.

Application Deadline For International Students residing in USA

    • There is no deadline. Applications are continuously evaluated and students will be promptly admitted to the nearest starting term or semester.