Master of Science in Computer Science

Admission Requirements

 Successful completion of a bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field from an accredited university.

 Cumulative GPA meeting one of the following requirements

  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (4-point scale); or
  • Major GPA of at least 3.0 (4-point scale); or
  • GPA of at least 3.0 (4-point scale) for no fewer than nine semester credits of graduate study from another accredited graduate institute.

You MUST MEET ONE of the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in the field of computer science or a related field (demonstrated with an academic transcript).
  • Students with a bachelor's degree in fields not closely related to computer science also may qualify with relevant work experience.
  • All students must have a basic foundation in the key undergraduate computer science courses of programming I, programming II, object oriented programming, database management, software engineering, either through completed education or significant work experience.

If you DO NOT MEET any of the above conditions, the director of graduate programs for the College of Business and Economics and the Computer Science department can review your education and experience and provide an appropriate assessment and plan of action to assist you in developing the necessary skills and experience to prepare you for successful admission to the MSCS program.

  • Complete an approved undergraduate computer science core (or deficient part at UW-River Falls or another university.
    • Foundation courses at UWRF include the following (a passing grade in the following UWRF courses will meet the foundation course requirements):  CSIS 161 (Programming I), CSIS 162 (Programming II), CSIS 235 (Object Oriented Programming), CSIS 333 (Database Management Systems), CSIS 343 (Software Engineering).
    • Foundation courses at other universities.  You may meet the foundation requirement by taking appropriate undergraduate or graduate courses at other universities.  We suggest you check with us regarding application of courses before you take them.  Please contact the CBE Director of Graduate Programs regarding these courses.

 For international students from non-English speaking countries, TOEFL (minimum 80 internet-based test score) or IELTS (minimum 6.5 score) in required.

For TOEFL information, visit  The UWRF school code is 1918.

For IELTS information, visit



Application Process

In order to apply for the MSCS program, the following materials, in addition to an online application, must be mailed or sent electronically to the MSCS program.

Official transcripts to be sent from each institution attended.  Issuing school(s) should send the official transcripts directly to Leanne Van Allen, CBE Director of Graduate Programs, at the address listed to the right.

Personal statement regarding your motivation to earn a Master of Science in Computer Science degree.

Recommendation from two qualified individuals.

Current resume showing related work experience (optional).

For more information, contact:
Leanne Van Allen
, Director

Mailing Address

Official transcripts, TOEFL/IELTS scores, letters of recommendation, personal statement and transcript evaluation report should be directed to:

Leanne Van Allen, Director
MBA Program
College of Business and Economics
216 South Hall
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
410 S. 3rd St.
River Falls, WI 54022