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Computer Science Department

Admissions & Financial Aid

The WPI Computer Science Department is of medium size, but it's slowly growing. We have full-time graduate students from all over the world including the U.S., Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Russia, India, China and other Asian countries. Students may apply to either the M.S. or Ph.D. programs, with a B.S. (B.Sc.) background.

You must apply to the Office of Graduate Admissions & Enrollment and not directly to the Computer Science Department.

The primary factors in considering students for admission (and financial aid) are:

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Note that since January 2003 the WPI CS Department recommends the GRE CS Subject Test for all M.S. and Ph.D. applicants.

These pieces of information are required as part of the WPI graduate application process. Other than the TOEFL score, there is no minimum standard score for either admission or financial aid. All information is taken into account for admission; thus it is difficult to fully assess an applicant without a complete application.

Due to the number of applications we receive and the time it takes to review them, we do not waive or defer the application fee.

The department may provide financial assistance in the form of teaching and research assistantships to either current or newly admitted students. Assistantships cover tuition and a monthly stipend sufficient for living expenses. Teaching assistantships are selected from among qualified students by the department, while research assistantships are chosen by the principal investigator of the work. Research assistantships are dependent on the availability of grant money, which is not predictable.

The department also recommends up to two students for Institute Fellowships. These fellowships provide 12 months of tuition support and stipend. Qualified students may also be nominated for other WPI fellowships.

In general, all admitted full-time students are eligible for support. We do not have any targets for the number of supported students from any country, and we support students from all over the world. The department does not provide tuition waivers or partial student support.

Each year we have more well-qualified, newly admitted, students than we can support with assistantships. Some of these students enroll without support and each year we award assistantships to current, but unsupported, students who have come to WPI and are doing well.

Applicants with good qualifications based on the admission criteria listed above are strongly encouraged to apply. Please note that there are deadlines for applications.

Questions or requests for more information about applying to the the department can be sent to graduate@cs.wpi.edu. More information about the WPI Computer Science Department may be obtained from the department web pages.

Information about WPI's graduate program and graduate admissions can be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admissions & Enrollment web pages.

webmaster@cs.wpi.edu / Sun Apr 8 23:00:11 2012