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Deadlines

No Application Deadline for Plain Admission

Applications are continuously evaluated and students will be promptly admitted to the nearest starting term or semester. Earlier admission means that you get to register online for classes earlier, and some classes may fill up. In particular, registration for Fall starts in April, for Spring in late October, and for Summer in February. It is to your advantage to be admitted before those times for the earliest access to advising and registration.

Deadlines for Teaching Assistantships

While regular admission does not have a deadline, see for application deadlines to be considered for such an award.

Admission Prerequisites

If you have questions after reading the information below, contact the .

You are encouraged to .

General Prerequisites

Important: These prerequisites apply to all applicants.

Note: You can apply and be accepted without having all the undergraduate prerequisites listed for degree programs.

For 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.

If you are an international student read the section on international student prerequisites.

1. Completed application form, preferably completed online.

Note: This form is used for many programs in graduate school, and not all graduate programs are available to students in all locations.

Important: For navigating the application, note that the programs are in the School of Arts and Sciences, and all are offered by the Computer Science department, so the Information Technology and Software Engineering degree names are prefixed by “Computer Science”

Warning: The application requires you to fill in all the personal data before showing you all the programs that you can apply to and other parts of the form.

2. Those who would like to get financial assistance should see Teaching Assistantships or for non-departmental financial aid

3. Submit official transcripts, in English, of all undergraduate work and any post-baccalaureate work by official electronic submission between your institution and Loyola or in sealed envelopes sent from the academic institution.

Important: Do not open such envelopes yourself!

Note: If you do not have easy access to the sealed official documents, you can initially submit copies for a conditional admission.

You can send a transcript in the semester before your graduation, showing all the courses you will be having for graduation, even though grades are still missing from the final courses, and still be eligible for conditional admission.

Do not send transcripts too early to show a listing of all the courses you will end up taking for your degree.

In all cases, final officially-sent transcripts are required by the end of your first semester at Loyola.

4. GRE scores are not required for admission. If you choose to submit them, Loyola’s institutional code is 1412; the department code is not needed.

5. An informal Statement of Purpose document is highly recommended, though not required.

Note: This extra information helps with initial advising for you, and occasionally the narrative will clear up some questions about the application.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants 

Warning: Do not forget the general prerequisites!

Here are additional requirements and an option for international student admission to the graduate degree programs in the Department of Computer Science.

Though there is no admission deadline, be sure to leave time to get the necessary official English test results and transcript evaluations to Loyola before admission, and allow time after admission for obtaining a visa.

If the process takes too long, you can request to roll your admission over to the next semester.

Submitting and Verifying transcripts

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 (four-year degree or 3-year degree with an extra year of study after that).

Note: Applicants may send international transcripts for a general evaluation with Grade Average to ECE for international evaluation and allow 4-6 weeks for them to evaluate transcripts and get the results to Loyola. Educational-Perspectives can also be used as an alternative to ECE.

Important: No other transcript evaluation service is accepted by Loyola. If you are in a rush, you can pay extra for expedited service.

Note: If you do not yet have your undergraduate degree, you must send transcripts to the evaluator when all your final courses are shown, though some without grades. This is usually in your final semester.

The evaluators can only determine the equivalence to a US 4-year degree if they see all the relevant courses listed on the transcript (again, possibly some without grades yet).

The conditional admission requires the university to receive another official transcript, showing degree completion, though this transcript can be sent to Loyola during your first semester here as a student*.

If you have international graduate-level coursework after 4 years of college-level work, you need a course by course evaluation to transfer international graduate credit.

If you are expecting to get transfer credit, it is most economical to ask for the course by course evaluation the first time transcripts are submitted to an evaluator.

Note: Be sure the rest of your application is submitted when making this request, so it can be properly considered. Official notification of a passing English test score must be included at that time. Requesting that Loyola handle the evaluation will require extra time, since the transcript forms must be received first by Loyola and sent off again to Educational Perspectives.

Required English Exam

The English requirement is waived for students meeting certain criteria, for example, US citizens, permanent residents, and citizens of certain countries. For a complete list, please see the LUC International Admission page.

All other students will have to take an English exam such as TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and Duolingo. Please see the LUC International Admission page for more information on minimum scores.

If you do not meet the minimum scores, you can still be admitted conditionally to the ICAP program which requires you to complete the English Language Learning Program (ELLP) to determine your placement in ESL (English as a Second Language) preparation courses. For more information, please see the LUC International Admission page

Visas

International applicants who will be on an F-1 visa (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.

The form should be linked on the page http://luc.edu/iss/forms.shtml under something like the name, Declaration of Finances for Graduate & Professional Students. This will help save a lot of time in processing the visa papers, namely I-20 or IAP-63. Students who are chosen for the merit awards or scholarships will be notified regardless of their financial standing or ability to support themselves financially.

Note: Students who have written and defended a doctoral dissertation in English: make sure you note this in your application.

Deadlines

No Application Deadline for Plain Admission

Applications are continuously evaluated and students will be promptly admitted to the nearest starting term or semester. Earlier admission means that you get to register online for classes earlier, and some classes may fill up. In particular, registration for Fall starts in April, for Spring in late October, and for Summer in February. It is to your advantage to be admitted before those times for the earliest access to advising and registration.

Deadlines for Teaching Assistantships

While regular admission does not have a deadline, see for application deadlines to be considered for such an award.

Admission Prerequisites

If you have questions after reading the information below, contact the .

You are encouraged to .

General Prerequisites

Important: These prerequisites apply to all applicants.

Note: You can apply and be accepted without having all the undergraduate prerequisites listed for degree programs.

For 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.

If you are an international student read the section on international student prerequisites.

1. Completed application form, preferably completed online.

Note: This form is used for many programs in graduate school, and not all graduate programs are available to students in all locations.

Important: For navigating the application, note that the programs are in the School of Arts and Sciences, and all are offered by the Computer Science department, so the Information Technology and Software Engineering degree names are prefixed by “Computer Science”

Warning: The application requires you to fill in all the personal data before showing you all the programs that you can apply to and other parts of the form.

2. Those who would like to get financial assistance should see Teaching Assistantships or for non-departmental financial aid

3. Submit official transcripts, in English, of all undergraduate work and any post-baccalaureate work by official electronic submission between your institution and Loyola or in sealed envelopes sent from the academic institution.

Important: Do not open such envelopes yourself!

Note: If you do not have easy access to the sealed official documents, you can initially submit copies for a conditional admission.

You can send a transcript in the semester before your graduation, showing all the courses you will be having for graduation, even though grades are still missing from the final courses, and still be eligible for conditional admission.

Do not send transcripts too early to show a listing of all the courses you will end up taking for your degree.

In all cases, final officially-sent transcripts are required by the end of your first semester at Loyola.

4. GRE scores are not required for admission. If you choose to submit them, Loyola’s institutional code is 1412; the department code is not needed.

5. An informal Statement of Purpose document is highly recommended, though not required.

Note: This extra information helps with initial advising for you, and occasionally the narrative will clear up some questions about the application.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants 

Warning: Do not forget the general prerequisites!

Here are additional requirements and an option for international student admission to the graduate degree programs in the Department of Computer Science.

Though there is no admission deadline, be sure to leave time to get the necessary official English test results and transcript evaluations to Loyola before admission, and allow time after admission for obtaining a visa.

If the process takes too long, you can request to roll your admission over to the next semester.

Submitting and Verifying transcripts

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 (four-year degree or 3-year degree with an extra year of study after that).

Note: Applicants may send international transcripts for a general evaluation with Grade Average to ECE for international evaluation and allow 4-6 weeks for them to evaluate transcripts and get the results to Loyola. Educational-Perspectives can also be used as an alternative to ECE.

Important: No other transcript evaluation service is accepted by Loyola. If you are in a rush, you can pay extra for expedited service.

Note: If you do not yet have your undergraduate degree, you must send transcripts to the evaluator when all your final courses are shown, though some without grades. This is usually in your final semester.

The evaluators can only determine the equivalence to a US 4-year degree if they see all the relevant courses listed on the transcript (again, possibly some without grades yet).

The conditional admission requires the university to receive another official transcript, showing degree completion, though this transcript can be sent to Loyola during your first semester here as a student*.

If you have international graduate-level coursework after 4 years of college-level work, you need a course by course evaluation to transfer international graduate credit.

If you are expecting to get transfer credit, it is most economical to ask for the course by course evaluation the first time transcripts are submitted to an evaluator.

Note: Be sure the rest of your application is submitted when making this request, so it can be properly considered. Official notification of a passing English test score must be included at that time. Requesting that Loyola handle the evaluation will require extra time, since the transcript forms must be received first by Loyola and sent off again to Educational Perspectives.

Required English Exam

The English requirement is waived for students meeting certain criteria, for example, US citizens, permanent residents, and citizens of certain countries. For a complete list, please see the LUC International Admission page.

All other students will have to take an English exam such as TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and Duolingo. Please see the LUC International Admission page for more information on minimum scores.

If you do not meet the minimum scores, you can still be admitted conditionally to the ICAP program which requires you to complete the English Language Learning Program (ELLP) to determine your placement in ESL (English as a Second Language) preparation courses. For more information, please see the LUC International Admission page

Visas

International applicants who will be on an F-1 visa (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.

The form should be linked on the page http://luc.edu/iss/forms.shtml under something like the name, Declaration of Finances for Graduate & Professional Students. This will help save a lot of time in processing the visa papers, namely I-20 or IAP-63. Students who are chosen for the merit awards or scholarships will be notified regardless of their financial standing or ability to support themselves financially.

Note: Students who have written and defended a doctoral dissertation in English: make sure you note this in your application.