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Graduate Programs

Computer Science and Engineering

Computer Science and Engineering Graduate Programs

Sushma Devarapalli at work in the Frugal Innovation Lab

Santa Clara's computer science and engineering graduate programs prepare students to design and implement software and hardware, devise new ways to use computers, and develop effective methods for solving the world’s problems. The department offers a variety of degree and certificate programs, including courses that cover the breadth of the discipline, from the engineering aspects of hardware and software design to the theory of computation.

Program Offerings:

  • Master's Degree (46 required units for completion)
  • Engineer's Degree (46 required units for completion, must have M.S. degree)
  • Ph.D. (72 required units for completion, must have M.S. degree)

For complete program details, please visit the Computer Science and Engineering Department - Graduate site.

B.S./M.S. Dual Degree (SCU Undergrad Students Only)

The School of Engineering offers qualified Santa Clara University undergraduates the opportunity to earn both a bachelor of science and a master of science degree in five years.

  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral. For U.S. transcripts, please request electronic transcripts to be sent to gradengineer@scu.edu. For international transcripts, please see Additional Admissions Requirements for International Students in the next box.
  • Click here to learn more about the B.S./M.S. Dual Degree Program
Open University
  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $90 application fee
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral. For U.S. transcripts, please request electronic transcripts to be sent to gradengineer@scu.edu. For international transcripts, please see Additional Admissions Requirements for International Students in the next box.
  • Click here to learn more about Open University
Certificate
  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $90 application fee
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral. For U.S. transcripts, please request electronic transcripts to be sent to gradengineer@scu.edu. For international transcripts, please see Additional Admissions Requirements for International Students in the next box.
  • Click here to learn more about the Certificate Program
Master's Degree
  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $90 application fee
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral. For U.S. transcripts, please request electronic transcripts to be sent to gradengineer@scu.edu. For international transcripts, please see Additional Admissions Requirements for International Students in the next box.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, which must be sent directly to Engineering Graduate Programs by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Our institution code is 4851. For information on the GRE, please visit the website. Additionaly, please send your PDF scores to gradengineer@scu.edu.
  • Click here to learn more about the Master's Degree Program
Engineer's Degree (Master's Degree required)
  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $90 application fee**
  • A 500-word statement of purpose emphasizing the applicant’s research interests and outlining the applicant’s professional and academic goals, which must be included with the online application
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral** For U.S. transcripts, please request electronic transcripts to be sent to gradengineer@scu.edu. For international transcripts, please see Additional Admissions Requirements for International Students in the next box.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be sent directly to Engineering Graduate Programs by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Our institution code is 4851. For further information on the GRE, please visit the website. Additionaly, please send your PDF scores to gradengineer@scu.edu.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. These letters should attest to the applicant’s academic preparation and capability for advanced studies. (There are no standard recommendation forms.)
  • Click here to learn more about the Engineer's Degree Program
Ph.D.
  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $90 application fee**
  • A 500-word statement of purpose emphasizing the applicant’s research interests and outlining the applicant’s professional and academic goals, which must be included with the online application
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral** For U.S. transcripts, please request electronic transcripts to be sent to gradengineer@scu.edu. For international transcripts, please see Additional Admissions Requirements for International Students in the next box.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be sent directly to Engineering Graduate Programs by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Our institution code is 4851. For further information on the GRE, please visit the website. Additionaly, please send your PDF scores to gradengineer@scu.edu.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. These letters should attest to the applicant’s academic preparation and capability for advanced studies. (There are no standard recommendation forms.)
  • Click here to learn more about the Ph.D. Degree Program

International Students, please see additional requirements in the next section.

**For prospective Ph.D students, a Master's degree is required; no conditional admission.

In addition to the requirements above...

English Proficiency
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of all applicants whose first language is not English (even if the applicant is a U.S. citizen) or if you do not have a degree awarded by a U.S. university/college.
  • Minimum TOEFL score: IBT/79-80 or CBT: 213 (Institutional Code: 4851)
  • Minimum IELTS score: 6.5
International Degrees

All applicants who hold a degree from outside of the United States are required to have their official transcripts evaluated.

For WES evaluations (World Education Services) requires ICAP version course-by-course, cumulative GPA, and U.S degree equivalency. WES will attach your transcripts to the evaluation report. You do not need to send us your international transcripts, WES will send these.

For ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) we require a detailed report which includes course-by-course, cumulative GPA, and U.S. degree equivalency. You must mail your official transcripts to SCU, Graduate Engineering Program, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053.

There is no exception to this requirement. 

Visa Document Preparation Process

For more information on the F-1 Visa application process, please visit International Student Services

Winter Quarter 2021 ( January 4, 2021- March 12, 2021)

Application Deadline for the following programs: October 30, 2020

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Document Deadline for the following programs: November 6, 2020

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Spring Quarter 2021 ( March 29, 2021-June 4, 2021)

Application Deadline for the following programs: January 8, 2021

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Document Deadline for the following programs: January 22, 2021

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Summer Quarter 2021 (Session I-June 21, 2021-August 27, 2021), (Session II-June 21, 2021-July 23, 2021), (Session III-August 2, 2021-September 3, 2021)

Application Deadline for the following programs: February 26, 2021

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Document Deadline for the following programs: March 12, 2021 

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Fall Quarter 2021 (September 20, 2021 - December 3, 2021)

Application Deadline for the following programs: June 4, 2021

  • Master's Degree
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Document Deadline for the following programs: June 11, 2021

  • Master's Degree
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Application Deadline for Engineer's Degree and Ph.D. Degree: March 5, 2021

Document Deadline for Engineer's Degree and Ph.D. Degree: March 26, 2021  

Only for those requesting an I-20 or F1 Visa (apply only during fall, winter or spring), otherwise follow regular applicant deadlines. (Please contact ISS at 408-554-3019 or email iss@scu.edu for questions regarding I-20, or visit their website at International Student Services.)

Winter Quarter 2021 (January 4, 2021-March 12, 2021)

Application Deadline for the following programs: September 4, 2020

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Document Deadline for the following programs: October 1, 2020

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Spring Quarter 2021 (March 29, 2021-June 4, 2021)

Application Deadline for the following programs: January 8, 2021

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Document Deadline for the following programs: January 22, 2021

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Fall Quarter 2020 (09/21/2020 - 12/11/2020) 

Application Deadline for the following programs: June 5, 2020

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Document Deadline for the following programs: June 12, 2020

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Please see the following sites for additional requirements for all I-20 Visa requests:

For all other information please visit SCU's Global Engagement - International Students web page.

Please visit our Tuition & Fees page for the most current information. Please note that this link will take you away from this program page.

The graduate on-campus housing communities offer a variety of advantages for graduate students. Check out On-Campus Housing for more information.

For information regarding Student Health Services and Student Health Insurance, please visit SCU's Cowell Center.

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Contact Us

Engineering Graduate Programs
gradengineer@scu.edu
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Guadalupe Hall, Bldg. 455, Suite 330
408-554-4313
408-554-4323 fax