Transfer Major to Computer Science (MS or PhD)

This transfer process is for current Iowa State students who want to change their graduate major to Computer Science.

Application Process

Send us your unofficial transcript to with the subject line: "GRE Waiver Request for Transfer Major". This is to be evaluated for a GRE waiver. Your unofficial transcript can be downloaded from Access Plus. Within two weeks you will receive one of the following decisions:

  1. GRE Waiver Approved, or
  2. The GRE is required for your final application

If you choose to proceed with your application after receiving your GRE decision, you will need to submit the following materials by email to with the subject line: "Application for Transfer to Computer Science".

  1. GRE Scores or Approved GRE Waiver
  2. Statement of Purpose (Guidance)
  3. Resume/CV
  4. Request three ISU faculty to send this Letter of Recommendation Form to

International applicants are also required to submit:

  1. English Proficiency Exam Scores (TOEFL, IETLS, or DuoLingo)
  2. OECT, if you want to be considered for a teaching assistantship

Application Deadlines and Evaluation Timeline

For the transfer to begin in a Fall semester, a completed application must be submitted no later than March 1. Decisions will go out around than April 1

For the transfer to begin in s Spring semester, a completed application must be submitted no later than October 1.Decisions will go out around November 1

Possible Admission Decisions

Deficiency in some (two or three) of the these areas may result in 'Transfer with condition', where the condition requires the applicant to attain a minimum grade of B- in undergraduate level courses at ISU addressing the deficiencies. No background in most (four or more) of the above areas may result in 'Transfer denied'. 

  1. Algorithms
  2. Theory of Computation
  3. Programming experience
  4. Software Engineering
  5. AI
  6. Systems and Networking

If Approved for Admission

If the student is notified that his/her application is accepted for admission, Nicole Lewis will work with them to complete the transfer form.

International students on a visa should contact ISSO about any additional visa paperwork that may need to be filed if you require more time to complete your degree.

Contact Information

Schedule a videoconference with Nicole Lewis. Click here for instructions.

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