UA’s computer science department offers interdisciplinary graduate programs leading to master’s and doctoral degrees.



Applicants for graduate work in computer science must apply for admission to UA’s Graduate School.
Please refer to Section 4.4 of the Graduate Catalog for specific admission requirements.

Computer Science, MS

Computer Science Departmental degree requirements for the master’s degree, which are in addition to those established by the College of Engineering and the Graduate School, are as follows for Plan I and Plan II students.

Computer Science, Ph.D.

The doctor of philosophy degree is regarded as a research degree and is granted on the basis of scholarly proficiency, distinctive achievement in a special field, and the capacity for independent, original investigation.

Graduate Application Deadlines

Domestic & International*
Fall – February 28 (Priority for funding); No Deadline for Graduate Admissions
Spring – No Deadline for Graduate Admissions

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* Note: International students must allow enough time to process visa paperwork, etc. if they are accepted into the program.


Information for Potential Graduate Students without a Computer Science Undergraduate Degree

Students without a degree in CS but who want to apply for an MS degree can take the following prerequisites as a non-degree graduate student: CS100, CS101, CS200, CS201, CS300, CS301. Once you have completed these courses, you can take our senior level courses, such as programming languages, algorithms, etc. at the 5xx level. At the end of the semester in which you are taking the 5xx courses you can apply to our MS program. The good thing about this is although the lower level courses will not count towards your MS degree in CS, the 5xx courses will. The MS degree page has a list of courses required. We offer most courses at least once a year.

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Graduate Admissions & Funding Opportunities

Applicants for graduate work in computer science must apply for admission to UA’s Graduate School. We cannot evaluate candidates until we receive their application. Please refer to Section 4.4 of the Graduate Catalog for specific admission requirements.

The Graduate School at the University of Alabama requires applicants to have:

  • At least a 3.0/4.0 GPA in undergraduate work
  • At least a 3.0/4.0 GPA in graduate work for those with an M.S degree
  • Computer Science currently does not require the GRE for admission

The Computer Science Department expects our students to have taken:

  • 2 introductory programming courses
  • A data structures course
  • An algorithms course
  • A database course
  • An operating systems course
  • 3 senior-level courses, such as networks, software engineering, security

Other Important Information:

  • Applicants do not need to identify an advisor prior to applying.
  • Fall application deadline is February 28 to be considered for funding. This means, all of your application materials must be submitted to the graduate school by February 28 so your application is complete.
  • We will continue to process applications after February 28.

  • There is not a separate application for assistantship. We consider all accepted students for the limited amount of Departmental funding. We award Assistantships to the strongest applicants, typically PhD students.
  • While the GRE is not required for admission, we may consider it as one of the factors in making funding decisions.

Research Assistant Positions

We maintain a list of faculty members who are looking for Research Assistants. Please visit the List of Available Graduate Research Positions to view that information. Potential students are welcome to contact faculty members on this list directly. However, we ask that you refrain from contacting other faculty members, as they are less likely to respond.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the graduate advisor, Dr. Jeffrey Carver.

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International Graduate Students

Information for international students who want to apply to a Computer Science graduate program.

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Graduate Students without a Computer Science Undergraduate Degree

Information for students without a degree in CS but who want to apply for an MS degree.

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Computer Science Financial Assistance

The Department of Computer Science offers financial assistance to outstanding applicants in the form of teaching and research assistantships.

Colloquium Series

Fall 2021 Colloquium Talks

Speaker Date Location Topic
Dr. David Luginbuhl Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021
3:30 p.m.
SERC 1059 Humans and Computing: A Research Perspective Driven by an Air Force Career
Dr. Puri Bangalore Monday, Nov. 1, 2021
12:00 p.m.
SEC 3437 Implementation and Evaluation of MPI 4.0 Partitioned Communication Libraries

Previous Spring 2018 Colloquium Talks

Speaker Date Topic
Dr. Dingwen Tao Friday, Jan. 26, 2018
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
High Performance Computing at Extreme Scale: Data Reduction, Reilience, and Scalability
Dr. Hamid Hamraz Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Computational Forest Modeling using Airborne Remote Sensing LiDAR
Dr. Calton Pu Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
The Millibottleneck Theory of Millisecond-Scale Performance Bugs and Its Experimental Verification

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