Graduate Admissions

Computer Science: Graduate Departmental Admissions

Applications to our program are made directly to the Graduate School at Wake Forest University. More information on the admissions process from the Graduate School can be found here. An online application is available here.

The Computer Science program does offer both Fall and Spring semester admissions, with the Fall semester being the principal admissions period. The deadline for Fall applications is January 15th of the year in which you would like to start the program. We recommend that applications to start in the Spring semester be completed by mid to late September.


The Graduate School’s Statement of Eligibility: Undergraduate seniors and graduates of accredited U.S. colleges and universities or recognized foreign institutions may apply for admission to the Graduate School for study on the Reynolda Campus or the Bowman Gray Campus. Applicants must complete their degree requirements prior to entering the Graduate School.

For international applicants, the Graduate School has a hard requirement of a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (Paper Based Test) or 213 (Computer Based Test) or 79-80 (Internet Based Test) or a minimum IELTS Test score of 6.5.

In addition, students entering the graduate program in Computer Science should have completed Computer Science course work in the areas of:

  • Programming in a high-level language such as Java, C, or C++
  • Basic computer organization and architecture
  • Data structures and algorithms
  • Principles of operating systems and networks

They should also have completed mathematics courses equivalent to:

  • Two semesters of calculus (differential and integral calculus including infinite series)
  • Discrete mathematics
  • Linear algebra
  • Probability and statistics.

In certain circumstances, students who have not fulfilled some admission requirements may be admitted conditioned upon their completing the required courses while in the program.