Applying to the M.S. Program

The online application system for Fall 2017 admission is now open. Please direct questions to our program e-mail address, ms@cs.dartmouth.edu.

2016: Due to the continuing electricity and internet outages following the cyclone in Chennai, we will hold the application portal open until December 22.

Masters program variations

We offer a standard 2-year (7-term) MS CS program, with a coursework track and a thesis track, as described on this page. We also offer variations:

  1. 4+1 AB/MS in CS (an accelerated version of the standard 2-year program, only for current Dartmouth students)
  2. MS in CS with Digital Arts
  3. 4+1 AB/MS in CS with Digital Arts (an accelerated version of 2, only for current Dartmouth students who are doing the minor in Digital Arts)

To apply to one of the Digital Arts MS CS programs, select that option on the application's "Area of Interest" box. To apply to one of the standard MS CS, select "Not Applicable."

Scholarships and Costs

Dartmouth College tuition for 2016-2017 will be set in early 2016 (tuition for 2014-2015 was $15,588 per term). At the discretion of the admission committee, we may award 100% or 50% tuition scholarships for qualified students. Students also pay for the college health insurance plan, unless they have comparable insurance already. The insurance fee for 2016-2017 will be set in early 2016 (detailed information on current fees is available here). Students are responsible for covering their living expenses.

Note: Once they have been admitted, international students must provide written certification of financial support for the MS program.

The required components of your application are:

  1. The online application form
  2. Three (3) letters of recommendation
  3. All applicants should upload a scanned copy of their transcripts.   Applicants should not send an official transcript to the Graduate Office unless they are admitted and accept our offer of Admission.
  4. All applicants may self report GRE and TOEFL scores.   However, official scores from ETS should be sent to our office for all applicants.
  5. The $60 application fee

These items must reach us by December 15, 2016 in order for your application to receive full consideration.

We require the General GRE. Your score report must reach us by December 15, 2016. If it will be late, you may send us a photocopy now and the official report upon admission.

If English is not your native language, we require that you take the TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System exam). An IELTS band score of 7.0 or above is required for Dartmouth Programs, but we have no specific test score requirements for the TOEFL or GRE. If you are transferring from a U.S. university, we may waive the language test. As with the GRE, we will accept a photocopy until the official report is available, but the photocopy must reach us by December 15, 2016.

We prefer that your recommenders give their recommendations online. Once you have listed their names on the application, an email will be sent to them with a link to the application site. However, if necessary, we will accept recommendations in sealed envelopes through the mail. Recommendation letters from scientists in the same academic and research communities as our departmental faculty will carry more weight.

We require a $60.00 application fee, to be paid by credit card online. The fee helps to cover the cost of processing your application and is non-refundable. The application fee will not be waived.

Like many graduate programs, we base our admission decisions primarily on the information requested above. We have no minimum test scores. We recognize that you may have talents and experience that do not shine through the forms and test scores.

Use the Application Essay section of the online application to give additional information. Do you have a specific reason for coming to Dartmouth? Specific goals for your study? Significant work experience? Why do you want to do advanced training in computer science? Include any publications you have authored (not to exceed 30 pages total).

In the Computer Science Supplement section of the online application, attach examples of your work. This is also the place where you can attach a resume.

There is no separate application for financial aid. Every applicant is considered for financial aid, unless you say that you do not need financial support. If you do not need support, please indicate this on the application form, and tell us how you expect to be supported.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the institution and department codes for the GRE?

The GRE institution code is 3351, and the GRE department code is 0402.

Q. What are the institution and department codes for the TOEFL?

The TOEFL institution code is 3351, and the TOEFL department code is 78.

Q. If my GRE scores are low, but I have good grades, can I still get admission?

Our decision takes into account all components of your application. Therefore, it is usually impossible to predict the outcome until you apply and the admissions committee goes over your entire application.

Q. Can I be admitted for the Winter term?

No. We only admit one class each year, matriculating in the Fall term.

Q. Where should I have the transcripts and scores sent?

Send to:

Graduate Studies
Dartmouth College
Attn: Computer Science Graduate Admissions
37 Dewey Field Road, Suite 6062, Room 437
Hanover, NH 03755-1419
Phone: (603) 646-2106

Q: May I get a waiver on the TOEFL?

Only if you attended an English-speaking US university for at least four years.

Q: I already have an MS degree in Computer Science.  Am I eligible for your program?

No

Q: I did not major in computer science.  Am I qualified for your program?

See the course dependency graph. Within 7 terms, at 3 courses/term, you would need to get through 13 of the red/blue ones (as well as any pre-requisite courses).

Answers to additional FAQs about grad admissions, including how to obtain a fee waiver, update an application, and waive TOEFL based on a degree from an English institution, are available at the grad school site.