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Special Program Requirements

Application/Admission Requirements

The petitioner must:

(a) meet all Eastern Washington University requirements for admission to graduate study,

(b) complete and submit the online application for graduate school  (  Procedures.xml);

(c) supply transcripts showing completion of the readiness courses below or their equivalent*;

(c) provide a resume;

(d) submit a cover letter discussing your reasons for pursuing a master's degree, the focus of knowledge you want to explore, and an evaluation of your ability to complete this degree;

(e) International students must provide a TOEFL score of 580 or greater (237 cbt, 92 ibt). 

In addition to the application, transcripts, resume and cover letter, if you are not a graduate of a computer science degree from Eastern Washington University, you will need to submit a completed departmental questionnaire found at and two letters of recommendation, at least one from a computer science instructor or equivalent.

* Individuals not having completed the readiness courses may petition for probationary admission.

Readiness Course Requirements

Fundamental programming courses-10 quarter hours (see CSCD 210 and 211)

C programming and the Unix operating system-4 quarter hours (see CSCD 240)

Data structures and algorithms-8 quarter hours (see CSCD 300 and 320)

Relational Database Systems - 4 quarter hours (see CSCD 327)

Operating systems-4 quarter hours (see CSCD 340)

Discrete math (see MATH 225 or 301)

Software Engineering (see CSCD 350)

Note 1: students needing to satisfy the requirements for Algorithms (CSCD 320), Operating Systems (CSCD 340), or Software Engineering (CSCD 350) at EWU will first need to pass the Computer Science Advancement Programming Exam.

Note 2: elective graduate courses may have prerequisites beyond the above requirements, and the student is responsible for mastering that material before taking such courses. If the prerequisite course is not at the senior level, it cannot be counted towards the graduate degree.

Contact Information

Dr. Carol Taylor
319F Computing and Engineering Building
Cheney, WA 99004


For faster processing of your application, we encourage online submission. You may apply online for graduate admission through EagleNET, Eastern Washington University's student services web site.

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