Ph.D. FAQs on Applying and other Essential Info

Applying to the PhD Program in Computing and Information Systems Computer Science Track

1. What financial support is available from the department?
2. With my academic record, will I be admitted?
3. What is the minimum GRE score required for admission?
4. What is the minimum TOEFL score required for admission?
5. What is the required background for admission?
6. Do you have provisional or conditional admittance?
7. What are the tuition costs?
8. How do I apply for admission?
9. Can I apply after the published deadline?
10. I have a problem relating to the application process (for example, test scores are not showing as received). What should I do?
11. I am currently at another US school and wish to transfer to UNC-Charlotte. Can I transfer the courses?
12. Can I apply to start in summer session?

 

1. What financial support is available from the department?
Departmental Research Assistantships: Research assistantships are usually associated with faculty research projects with external funding. Contact individual faculty or your dissertation advisor regarding these positions.

Departmental Teaching Assistantships: The department supports a few teaching assistants each year. Currently, there is no application process; teaching assistants are based on a recommendation from a faculty member. All students are considered automatically for teaching assistantships at the beginning of each semester.

Departmental Grader Positions: The department usually supports a few grader positions each year. 

Financial Aid: The department does not offer financial aid based upon need. Contact the financial aid office of the university (http://finaid.uncc.edu/Index.html) for such assistance.

Tuition Remissions: The Graduate Schools offers tuition remission under the Graduate Assistant Support Plan (GASP). Highly qualified students with assistantships (not grader positions) can be nominated for GASP by the department.

Campus Employment Opportunities: There are many opportunities for on-campus employment. The University Career Center can also help find local employment.

Internships: Computer Science internships can be used to obtain paid practical training and often lead to a permanent position after graduation. The University Career Center provides company contacts for internships.

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2. With my academic record, will I be admitted? Many factors are considered for admission decisions. Research experience or relevant work experience can strengthen your application. Also, it is important that your research interests align with our faculty research interests.However we cannot comment on a particular academic record prior to the completion of the review process.Answers to questions 3, 4, and 5 may provide some additional guidelines. Top

3. What is the minimum GRE score score required for admission? We consider the complete academic record and there is no published minimum score for the GRE test. Our admitted students generally have a GRE-Q score of greater than 700 (old test) or 160 (new test). This would place you in the 70th percentile or above. The GRE General Test is required. GRE Subject Test scores are not. Top

4. What is the minimum TOEFL score score required for admission? The minimum TOEFL score is 83 (Internet based) and is required for International students from non-English-speaking countries.This is a firm university requirement that is never waived.The minimum score for the IELTS, as an alternative to the TOEFL, is 6.5. For more information, see English Language Proficiency. Top

5. What is the required background for admission? The academic requirements are described here:http://cci.uncc.edu/academic-programs/phd/admissions. Top

6. Do you have provisional or conditional admittance? No. The university does not have a formal mechanism to admit students without the required academic record. There is no possibility of being admitted without GRE test scores (or TOEFL if required).Occasionally, students of extremely high merit are admitted with certain deficiencies in Computer Science and/or Mathematics and are required to take additional courses after admission to make up for the deficiencies. Top

7. What are the tuition costs? See http://finance.uncc.edu/controllers-office/student-accounts/tuition-and-... Top

8. How do I apply for admission? We use an online application.The application will not be processed by the department until it is complete.  More information can be found on the Graduate School website: http://graduateschool.uncc.edu/future-students/admissions/frequently-ask... Statement of purpose: The application requires a statement of purpose. Please include your Computer Science interests. This information will be used to select a suitable academic adviser.You may wish to identify a few UNCC Computer Science faculty members. GPA: You are required to report a GPA. If you provide an inaccurate GPA the application may be denied without further consideration. If necessary, you should use a service such as WES to provide an accurate GPA. Please review our GPA guidelines: http://graduateschool.uncc.edu/future-students/admissions/application-re... Top

9. Can I apply after the published deadline? We consider applications after the "Priority" Application Deadline if the graduate school is willing to forward the application to us and we have space available. However, an early application is strongly encouraged to ensure that your application receives full consideration. Top

10. I have a problem relating to the application process, (for example test scores are not showing as received). What should I do? In general, contact our graduate school (not the PhD CS graduate track coordinator). The graduate admissions email address is gradadm@uncc.edu. The application is only forwarded to the PhD CS graduate track coordinator when the application is complete. The coordinator is not involved in the processing of the application prior to it being forwarded. Top

11. I am currently at another US school and wish to transfer to UNC-Charlotte. Can I transfer the courses? In accordance with rules of the UNC Charlotte Graduate School, students are allowed to transfer up to 30 semester hours of graduate credit earned at UNC Charlotte or other recognized graduate programs. In cases of applicants with records of exceptionally high quality, the CIS Ph.D. Steering Committee, at its discretion, may request that the Graduate School approve transfer credit beyond the limit set by the Graduate School. To receive transfer credit, students must file a written request and submit all necessary documents to the Track Coordinator. Note: If you are currently in another PhD program and wish to transfer to our PhD program, you will need to submit an application to our program in the normal way. We require the grades of all the courses you have taken and currently taking before making a decision on your application. You will need to submit transcripts with all grades including the current semester.This is a firm policy. We will attempt to process the application quickly so that you can start in the following semester if admitted. Top

12. Can I apply to start in summer session? In theory, Yes. However,we offer few, if any, CS graduate classes during the summer. Note: The university will not issue I-20 forms to start in summer session. Top