Application Information

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: October 1st - March 1st

Spring Semester: August 1st - October 1st

We believe in a program rich in diversity. We highly encourage women and minorities to apply.

Computer Science Graduate Advisors:

  • Professor Kazunori Okada
  • Professor Hui Yang

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Standard Admission Requirements

These are mandatory requirements

  • Undergraduate minimum GPA: 3.0 or more
  • TOEFL Score
  • 4-year Bachelors Degree
  • Current general GRE (within last 3 years)
  • SFSU Online Application Form (csumentor)
  • 2 Hard Copy Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose 


Note: Simply meeting minimum application requirements does not guarantee admission.

Mail all required documents to Graduate Studies:

          Division of Graduate Studies

          1600 Holloway Ave.

          San Francisco, CA 94132

          Administration Building, Room 250

Please conserve resources and DO NOT send extraneous or additional materials with your application. They make processing your application much more difficult.


  • Institution Code: 4683


  • School Code: 4684


Steps in the Graduate Admission Process

  1. Apply for tadmission to SFSU through CSUMENTOR: CSU Mentor Website

  2. Send all required documents to the Division of Graduate Studies (address listed above)

  3. If applicant meets the preliminary admissions criteria then the application is forwarded to the Computer Science Department for final review

Applicants Possessing a 4-year Bachelors Degree in Computer Science

Applicants should follow the application process below:

The prospective student submits an online application to the Graduate Division (refer to the graduate division web site at SFSU: University Graduate Division Website). And mails all required documents as instructed on the graduate studies website, including two letters of recommendation and a copy of the General GRE scores. The GRE scores are acceptable if taken within three years of application to the program.

All documents, including transcripts, official TOEFL and GRE scores and Letters of Recommendation, along with the application, must be submitted by the application deadline, or the application will not be reviewed. So please plan ahead to submit ALL your documents before the deadline.


Although there are no minimum score requirements for the GRE, many of our successful applicants score in the 75th percentile or higher for the quantitative section. Verbal GRE scores may be lower than this, however a score of 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing portion of the GRE clears English Level I requirements.


The Graduate Division will check the application materials to ensure that the applicant has satisfied general SFSU requirements such as minimum grade point average, receipt of official transcripts from all prior institutions attended, completed Bachelor’s degree from a 4 year program (or, equivalent) and requisite TOEFL scores where applicable. In addition, the Computer Science Department will check the preparedness of the student to successfully participate in the Computer Science Masters Program.


Applicants should direct questions to the Graduate Division office to obtain information on the status of materials sent to the Graduate Division (e.g., transcripts, TOEFL scores).


Students who have obtained, or will shortly obtain, a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from SFSU or other CSU campuses are urged to consult with the Department Chair as early as possible for assistance in applying to the graduate program.


Once all application materials have been received the application will be reviewed, with the decisions forwarded to the applicant shortly thereafter.


Applicants Possessing a 4-year Bachelors Degree not in Computer Science - Conditionally Classified Admission

These students may be admitted on condition that they achieve the requisite grade point average in specified prerequisite courses in the minimum possible time. Therefore, we strongly encourage students who have completed a bachelor's (or postgraduate) degree in other disciplines, such as Biology, Mathematics or Physics, or who have significant practical experience in a computer related field to apply to our masters program.


These students should follow the two step application process as above. They should also submit a completed Course Equivalency Form (CEF) either with the material they send in Step 2 above or via e-mail to ( The CEF will be used to determine the necessary conditional courses to be completed after admission to the program.


Please click here for CEF: Department Course Equivalency Form Word Document


The Conditions for admission will be clearly stated in the admission documents. Students must satisfy those conditions in order to continue in their graduate program.


Prospective students are welcome to send any questions to the graduate advising assistant at (