Computer Science Application Information

Application Deadlines

The priority deadline for receipt of all application materials for fall admission is February 1. The Computer Science program will review fall applications on a space available basis until July 15.

The deadline for spring admission is October 15.

Additional details about the admission and application process can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Pre-requisite Academic Requirements

All applicants to the Interdisciplinary Computer Science Master's Program and the advanced-degree track of the post-baccalaureate program must have the equivalent of:

  • One year of introductory computer science using Java or C++; and
  • One year of discrete mathematics. (Students with only one semester of discrete mathematics may arrange to complete their second semester at Mills, but this credit will not count toward their degree.)

Currently enrolled undergraduate Mills students applying to the accelerated degree program in Computer Science must complete the following courses by the end of their junior year:

  • CS 063 (Introduction to Computer Science)
  • CS 064 (Computer Concepts and Intermediate Programming)
  • Math 004 (Discrete Mathematics I)

Any applicant to the MA program who does not have these prerequisite courses may be admitted to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program. All applicants must possess a bachelor's degree in a major other than computer science.

All applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Graduate application with $50 application fee.

  • Statement of purposePlease see further details below.

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Please see further details below.

  • Three letters of recommendationPlease see further details below.

  • English proficiency requirement. (For non-native English speakers)Please see further details below.

  • Additional requirements for international studentsPlease see further details below.


Statement of purpose

A general framework for your statement of purpose should include a brief intellectual autobiography describing the formation of your academic or artistic interests and present concerns; your reasons for wanting to study at Mills College; and a description of tentative plans for the use of your degree or certificate, and the special areas of interest upon which your study would focus.


Transcripts with grades from each post-secondary institution attended toward receipt of bachelor's degree must be submitted as part of the application review process. One (1) official transcript from a students’ bachelor’s degree receiving institution is required, and official OR unofficial transcripts for all credited course work toward receipt of bachelor's degree, including courses taken at community college, must be submitted. Students should also submit transcripts from any relevant graduate level work they have completed.

If you obtained your bachelor’s degree outside the US, you are required to have your transcript evaluated by a NACES member organization. If the transcript is written in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Please Note:
Admission to graduate or post-baccalaureate study at Mills College is contingent upon the successful completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. If you are still completing your degree at the time of application, send official transcripts showing work completed and in progress. Immediately upon completion of the baccalaureate degree requirements, it is your responsibility to send a final transcript with the degree posted to our office. 

Hard-copy transcripts should be sent to: 

Office of Graduate Admissions
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
MB #45
Oakland, CA 94613

Digital transcripts can be sent through a verified service to:

Letters of Recommendation

Recommendation forms are part of the online application or can be sent directly by the recommender to the Office of Graduate Admissions via postal mail or email.
Note: Current Mills College students and alumnae are only required to submit one letter of recommendation.

English Proficiency Requirement

All non-native speakers of English are required to show proof of English language proficiency unless they hold a bachelor’s degree from an English speaking, regionally accredited university or college located in the US, Canada, Australia, or Great Britain. Mills College accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Duolingo English Test (DET), or the English Language School (ELS) Certificate.

The Computer Science graduate programs require a minimum of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 80 for the internet-based TOEFL, IELTS overall band-score of 6.5 or higher, a 60% on the DET, or the ELS Level 112 Certificate.

More information about these exams is available online at,, and

Additional Requirements for International Students

Prior to enrollment, applicants who require a visa for studying at Mills are required to submit a Certification of Finances form and bank statement. These documents do not need to be submitted with the application materials. An I-20 cannot be issued without these documents.

Additional information about these forms and all other requirements for international students can be found here.


If you have any questions about admission requirements, deadlines, or applying to Mills, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 510.430.3309 or

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Contact Information
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If you have a specific question for a faculty member, please contact or call 510.430.2226.

Last Updated: 4/11/17