California State University, Chico Online Admissions

Reach new levels in your career by applying to the Online MS in Computer Science program at California State University, Chico. Designed for today’s tech professionals, this program provides a high-value CS curriculum online that prepares graduates to succeed in several different industries where computer science can be applied.

TermPriority DeadlineFinal DeadlineStart Date
Fall 2024July 5, 2024July 26, 2024August 26, 2024

Admissions for the Online MS Degree in Computer Science

General Application Materials

  • Unofficial transcripts from schools in the United States are accepted during the application process. Official transcripts from undergraduate and any post-baccalaureate work must be received by the first day of class.
    • Applicants with education outside the United States are required to submit official academic documents at the time of application
  • Statement of purpose​
  • Two letters of reference (professional or academic)
  • Current resume​ (optional)

Completed applications will be screened within five business days of submission.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree​ in computer science or a related field
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5​ on the last degree completed by the candidate or GPA of 2.5 in the last 60 units attempted
  • Completed GRE with a combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative portions​ (for applicants without a degree from an ABET-accredited program)
    • To qualify for the GRE waiver, candidates must have graduated with a bachelor's degree in computer science from an ABET accredited program

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Chico CS Application Checklist

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Don’t Wait for Tomorrow, Apply Today

The Online Masters in Computer Science offers both priority and final application deadlines to accommodate prospective students at all points in their graduate program search. If possible, we recommend applying by the priority deadline for your desired term for the following reasons:

  • We review applications on a rolling basis, which means early applicants may have a better chance of being offered a spot in an upcoming cohort
  • The earlier you are accepted, the more time you will have to prepare your finances and make plans to adjust your schedule to accommodate your coursework
  • Some scholarships and other sources of financial aid require you to identify where you will be attending school in order to apply; the sooner you know you are bound for Chico State, the sooner you’ll be able to complete these applications

Note: International students who reside outside the U.S. are not eligible for the Online MS in Computer Science program.

State Authorization

At this time, Chico State is not legally authorized to offer distance education programs to residents of all states. We are in the process of requesting this authorization from states where we have yet to obtain it. For a list of states where we are currently authorized to offer this program or exempt from authorization requirements, please consult the Status of State Authorizations for Distance Education page.

Pursuant to the U.S. Department of Education's Program Integrity Rule, every institution of higher education is required to provide all prospective and current students with the contact information for the state agency or agencies that handle complaints against postsecondary education institutions offering distance learning within that state. Learn more about the CSU system’s process for handling these complaints.

Admissions Dates and Deadlines

Priority Application Deadline
Fall 2024 Term
Application Deadline
Fall 2024 Term
Next Start
Fall 2024 Term