Computer Science Master's Degree FAQ (for Prospective Students)
This FAQ deals with admissions-related questions for prospective
students. If you have questions about the program itself, please
consult the FAQ
for current students.
What are the requirements to apply?
The department requirements are:
There are additional college-wide requirements at the Hunter
College Graduate Admissions website.
- A Bachelor of Arts or equivalent, preferably in computer
science, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the final 2 years of
computer science and related course work.
- Courses in Calculus I/II, Linear or Matrix Algebra,
Statistics, Discrete Structures, Data Structures, and Computer
Top 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination
(GRE) Quantitative Reasoning section.
Due to the COVID situation, GREs are not required for Fall'20,
Spring'21, Fall'21, and Spring'22 applicants.
How/when do I apply? How much does it cost?
You apply through the Hunter
College Graduate Admissions website. The site also has
application deadlines, tuition/fees rates and various other useful
pieces of general college information. Note that deadlines are
significantly earlier for international students.
We accept applications for both fall and spring semesters.
Late applications might be accepted, but contact the
Do I need to have met all requirements before applying?
No, but be aware that decisions are made on a rolling basis and we
can't make a decision without your recommendations and GRE scores.
Since it takes a few weeks for your GRE scores to be reported, we
recommend taking it before you apply or at most a few weeks later.
If you are applying for spring entry, the schedule is particularly
tight and you should take the GRE by the application deadline.
I work during the day. Can I still get a Master's degree?
Yes! All our master's courses are evenings only (after 5).
Do you offer financial aid?
Please contact the graduate
student financial aid office for information about loans and
work-study. Some of our students also work in NYC industries, and a
few students are employed at Hunter.
I don't have a 4 year degree. Can I still apply?
No, 2 year degrees are not sufficient. However, if you are an
international student and your degree is considered equivalent to a
4-year degree, you are eligible.
Instead of the GRE, can I take the GMAT/etc.?
No, the GRE Quantitative is required.
Can I apply if my undergraduate degree isn't in computer
Yes, if you have sufficient mathematics and computer science
preparation. This consists of the following courses:
Several of these courses have additional prerequisites that you will
either have to take or learn by yourself before taking. In general
you will need to know everything above the red line in our undergraduate
curriculum though you may wish to also take other
|Hunter Course #
|Matrix Algebra or Linear Algebra
|MATH 16000 or 26000
|CSCI 26000 or CSCI 34000
If you feel that you already know a course but haven't taken a
formal course on it, contact the graduate director (see bottom) to
figure out a suitable alternative method to verify that you have
sufficient knowledge. In some cases, a test-out exam may also be
As you are not allowed to take undergraduate courses after you join
the master's program, please contact the graduate
program director if you feel that there are undergraduate
courses you need.
Do I need all of the prerequisite courses?
Yes. However, you may apply if you are currently taking the last of
these. If you are still a course or two away from completing these,
you may wish to contact the graduate program director for additional
Do I need to take the prerequisite courses at Hunter?
No, but you should take the same subject at an equivalent college
(e.g., another CUNY senior college). Some students also have taken
bridge programs at other colleges.
But you may wish to first contact the graduate director to
ensure that they are equivalent.
How do I take prerequisite courses at Hunter?
You can take them as a non-degree
student. If you happen to be affiliated with another
CUNY college, you can also take them through the E-Permit system
(contact your department or advisor).
I have already started a master's program elsewhere. Can I get
Yes, if the courses are at a comparable university, and subject to limits.
I'm in a masters program at another CUNY college. Can I transfer
Not exactly. The CUNYs are independent, so there is no concept of
transferring. But you can apply to Hunter as normal. See previous
I'm not sure if this is for me. Can I take some graduate courses
on a trial basis?
Yes, you can apply as a non-degree
graduate student. However, you will register after
existing students do, and some courses may have filled. If you
get a satisfactory grade (B or higher), the course will count
towards master's degree requirements.
Do you offer PhD programs?
The CUNY Graduate Center offers a PhD program, and most of our
faculty are also members of the doctoral faculty there. The Master's
program is an excellent intermediate step towards the PhD program,
and you may even be able to take a first step towards your doctoral
research as part of your master's program.
Tell me more about the program!
Program information for current students is here.
Contact the computer science graduate program director at