Frequently Asked Questions
- When are the application deadlines?
Enrolling in spring semester
Enrolling in fall semester
- What if my GPA is close to, but slightly under 3.25?
Under 3.25 GPA
An overall GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale is required from the undergraduate program in which the bachelor’s degree is earned.
However, candidates with a GPA of less than a 3.25 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- GRE Scores
Applicants must take the GRE unless the following:
- They are within one semester of finishing a BS degree in Computer Science from WSU and
- Have maintained a GPA of 3.5 or better in their major.
GRE scores will be used to make admission decisions but no specific minimum score is required. For information about taking the GRE, go to https://www.ets.org/gre
Individuals who have already completed a graduate-level program and are well into established careers in a related field may be admitted without the GRE requirement, based on admission committee approval.
- Good Standing - what is the minimum enrollment requirement?
Once an individual has started the Master's program they must take at least one course per semester Fall and Spring. There is no requirement to take a course in the Summer.
If a student has taken all of their courses that are required for the degree and is finishing their thesis or project, but will not finish that semester then it is advised for that student to take CS 6010 or CS 6011 (depending on if the student is doing a thesis or project) for a minimum of 2 credits.
- Where do I send my transcripts?
Official transcripts of your academic record from all previous colleges or universities attended should be submitted. Note that all transcripts must be UNOPENED in their original sealed envelope.
Request official transcripts be sent directly to the following address:
MSCS Admission Committee
Weber State University
Technical Education Bldg., Room 110D
1465 Edvalson St., Dept. 2401
Ogden Utah 84408-2401
All electronic transcipts should be sent to the following email address:
- How many courses can be transferred towards my MS from a bachelor's degree?
Course Transfer from a Bachelor's Degree
You may petition to transfer up to six (6) credits of MS coursework.
For example, if as an undergraduate you took a 5000-level CS course, then you may petition to have that course count towards your MS as well.
The following are requirements for the transfer of credits (PPM 11-1, VII):
- You may transfer up to six (6) credits.
- The courses must have been taken in the previous three (3) years.
- You must have earned a 'B' or higher in each course.
30 Credits Minimum Rule
However, be aware that you must take a minimum of 30 credits as a graduate student (PPM 11-1, IV.1). If you transfer credits from your undergraduate degree then you must do one of the following three options:
- Take additional courses. For example, if you transferred one course from your undergraduate degree then you still need to take one additional graduate course. Or, if you transferred two courses then you need to take two additional courses. This option allows students to take more graduate courses than they normally would allowing for a more rounded education.
- Take additional thesis or project hours. This in effect makes your thesis or project more rigorous. This option allows students to go into more depth into their topic and may result in a manuscript to be submitted to a conference or journal for publication. This option is particularly advantageous for students who are interested in possibly going into R&D (Research and Development).
- Combination of the previous two: If you transferred two courses then you could take an additional course and take more thesis or project hours.
Regardless of which combination you choose, you must have a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit in order to graduate with a Master's degree.
- How many courses can be transferred towards my MS from another MS program?
Course Transfer from another MS program
At least two-thirds (20 credits) of the total credit hours of a student’s master degree must be earned from this MS program here at Weber State University. A maximum of one-third (10 credits) of the total semester graduate credits earned at another, regionally-accredited institution may be approved on a case-by-case basis. (PPM 11-1, VI.)
- As a provisional graduate student, what courses can I take?
What you can take
As a provisional graduate student you have to take the leveling courses that the admissions committee required of you at the time of acceptance including any prerequisite courses. The exact courses that you have to take will be dependent on each student. However, the list of leveling courses is repeated here for convenience:
- *CS 2420 - Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms
- CS 2810 - Computer Architecture/Organization
- CS 3100 - Operating Systems
- MATH 3410 - Probability and Statistics I
- MATH 1210 - Calculus I
*NOTE: CS 2420 has a prerequisite of CS 1410 or CS 2250. CS 1410 has a prerequisite of CS 1400.
What you can NOT take
Provisional graduate students are prohibited from taking any 5000-level or 6000-level CS courses.
All leveling courses must be completed with a 'B' or higher. Any leveling course may be repeated at most twice. If you fail to pass with a 'B' or higher any required leveling course after two attempts then you will be removed from the program.
Can I take other undergraduate courses besides the leveling courses?
As a provisional graduate student you may take any undergraduate course where you meet the prerequisites. However, none of those courses will be counted towards a Master's of Science in Computer Science. However, you may count those additional classes towards another bachelor's degree. For further questions about additional bachelor's degrees please see the specific program that you are interested in.
- As a graduate student, how many credits do I have to take to stay in good standing?
Minimum number of credits taken per semester
As a graduate student you have to take a minimum of two (2) credits in the Fall and Spring (excluding summer) to stay in good standing.
What about provisional graduate students?
Provisional graduate students also have to take a minimum of two (2) credits in the Fall and Spring.
- I am still an undergraduate student. How many CS 5000-level courses am I allowed to take?
Undergradue CS 5000-level limit
You may take up to 2 CS 5000-level courses as an undergraduate student.
- I am an international student. Are there additional requirements?
If you are an international applicant, you need to complete additional paperwork in order to comply with university and U.S. immigration regulations. If you have questions about the Weber State University admissions process for international applicants, you may contact Admissions at 801-626-6005 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Weber State University International Student and Scholar Center.
- Meet all academic requirements above.
- Take the TOEFL and receive at least your unofficial scores prior to submitting your application. Official score reports must be sent from E.T.S. to Weber State University. WSU’s institutional code is 4941-4211. Visit the TOEFL website for more information.
- Have your foreign credentials evaluated. If you would like to receive credit for your college work from any colleges or universities that you have attended outside of the United States, you will need to have your credits evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation company. Visit our International Student & Scholar Center website for a list of approved companies.
- I am not interested in getting a Masters degree. May I take graduate courses? (Non-Matriculated Students)
Non-matriculated students are anyone taking courses while not formally admitted into the MSCS program. They may be either non-degree seeking, or may plan to join the MSCS program at a later date.
May I (a non-matriculated student) take graduate courses?
Yes. You may take up to three (3) 6000-level courses. You may not take a 5000-level course - those are reserved for advanced Bachelor's level students.