Computer Science Requirements & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

The priority deadline for spring admission is October 15. The priority scholarship 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. Visit our application page to apply online or download forms. Additional details about the admission and application process can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Currently enrolled undergraduate Mills students applying to the accelerated degree program may consider our early action application deadline of November 10. This provides an admission decision before the end of the fall semester, with financial aid information coming in the spring. This option is only available to currently enrolled Mills undergraduates. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for further details.

Applications are reviewed when all supporting materials have been received. Official notification of an admission decision is sent from the Office of Graduate Admissions.

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 to the graduate degree and certificate programs in computer science at Mills College are required to submit the following:

Graduate Application for Admission: Applications can be completed online or hard-copy. Complete all sections of the application as indicated, including:

Statement of Purpose. Please follow the essay guidelines provided on the main application form.

Supplemental Application: The supplemental application asks questions about previous coursework completed. It is not required that you have completed any of these courses prior to enrollment.

Application Fee of $50: Credit cards and electronic checks are accepted for online application submission. The application fee is also payable to Mills College by check or money order, drawn on a US bank. Cash is accepted if paid in person to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Official Transcript: One official transcript with grades from each post-secondary institution attended toward receipt of bachelor's degree should be sent directly by each institution to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Note: Currently enrolled Mills students may submit unofficial transcripts and transfer credit reports, printed from the portal.

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. 

Three Letters of Recommendation: Recommendation forms can be sent as part of the online application or 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), or the English Language School (ELS) Level 112 Certificate.

Graduate programs in English require minimum TOEFL scores of 600 on the paper-based test, 100 for the internet-based test, or an IELTS overall band-score of 7.0 or higher.  All other programs require a minimum of 550 on the paper-based test, 80 for the internet-based test, or an IELTS overall band-score of 6.0 or higher.

More information about these exams is available online at and

Certification of Finances and Bank Statement: 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.

All application materials should be sent to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
MB #45
Oakland, CA 94613
Via email:

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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Last Updated: 4/26/16