Graduate International Students
US nationals having an American undergraduate Bachelor's degree should consult the U.S. Students' Graduate Admissions page.
If you have questions, contact the drop-in times (See details there regarding visiting the department).and/or the , or, if you are in Chicago, you may also just appear at our
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 150, Comp 170, and Comp 271. Comp 150 and Comp 170 may be taken concurrently; Comp 271 may only be taken after completing Comp 170. 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.
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.
- Completed application form (either for free or and completed on paper, with a $50 fee).
- Those who would like to get financial assistance including departmental teaching assistantships should consult financial support .
- 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.
- Please submit official transcripts of all undergraduate work and any post-baccalaureate work still in sealed envelopes sent from the academic institution. Do not open such envelopes 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 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 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.
- GRE scores are not required for admission. However, taking the 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.
- 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.
- International students must also earn at least a 550 on the written TOEFL test or 213 on the computer-based test or 79-80 on the internet-based test; or at least a 6.5 on the IELTS academic test. 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. If taking the TOEFL, be sure to sign up for an early test date, since results take 4-6 weeks to be delivered to Loyola.
International students requiring an F-1 visa should consult the International Office's page for