Computer Science Graduate Admissions

Thank you for your interest in graduate study in Computer Science at Iowa State University. For more information about each program, please visit the graduate program webpage.

Admission Information for International Applicants

Admission Procedure

Our admissions procedure includes independent application review by three faculty members in the Computer Science department. Following review and scoring, your application scores will be ranked and the faculty will meet as a committee to make final admission decisions. Admission decisions are sent out in mid-March for fall admission and early November for spring admission.


PhD candidates who pass the admission round are then screened for teaching and/or research experience and skills needed by the department or by CS research laboratories. Offers for teaching assistantships (TA) or research assistantships (RA) are made with the offer of admission. Funding is not guaranteed for any applicant. Applicants who are not offered funding at the time of admission often find support through a number of different research labs and organizations outside of the CS department, after they arrive on campus. MS applicants are generally not considered for support. Many MS students also find support once they arrive on campus.

Application Deadlines:

August 15 (1st Round) and October 1 (2nd Round) for admission in spring. December 15 (1st Round) and March 1 (2nd Round) for admission in fall; more opportunities of scholarships are available for applicants applying earlier. If you submit late documents, we do not guarantee that they will be included in the application review.

Application Instructions

  • Apply to Iowa State University: Please submit your university application for admission. Instructions for U.S. citizens and international students are included on the admissions website. Please follow the instructions in the ISU graduate application regarding the statement of purpose. All letters of recommendation should be submitted through the online system. We do not accept paper copies of application materials.
  • Note: The CS Department no longer requires a supplemental form. All application materials should be sent to ‚Äč
         ISU Admissions
         100 Enrollment Services Center
         Iowa State University, Ames
         Iowa 50011-2011, USA 

          Additional materials sent to the department, such as certificates, additional statements of purpose, etc...are not guaranteed to be included in your application file.

Contact Us

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