Graduate Admissions

Prospective Students:

Any applicant with an acceptable academic record and an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or any foreign student with equivalent qualifications is eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate School. Admission is based on an evaluation of the academic record, test scores and letters of recommendation and the following requirements:

MS / PhD  Degree Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, mathematics, or engineering from an accredited college or university.
  2. At least one year of programming courses. Applicants should possess a working knowledge of at least two high-level programming languages. At least one of these languages should be C, C++ or Java;
  3. A course in data structures in which the student is taught the basic data structures of linked lists, stacks, queues, and trees. The student should have extensive experience in writing programs that implement algorithms for manipulating these data structures;
  4. An additional course involving machine organization. This requirement can be fulfilled by a course in operating systems, assembly language programming, computer organization, computer architecture, or similar courses;
  5. At least one course in computer science having the data structures course as a prerequisite. This requirement can be fulfilled by a course in algorithms, algorithm analysis, numerical analysis, or a similar course.
  6. One semester of operating systems;
  7. One semester of an algorithms course;
  8. Either one semester of probability and statistics or an equivalent course;
  9. One year of calculus;
  10. One semester of upper-level courses in differential equations, linear algebra, abstract algebra, or discrete mathematics. The course should have calculus as a prerequisite;
  11. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required, and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in major course work is required.
  12. Applicants should also satisfy all admission requirements of the graduate school.



Students who do not meet all of the provisions indicated above may be admitted provisionally to the graduate program if they show promise of being able to complete the MS program within a reasonable time. Students admitted provisionally should recognize that it will take them considerably longer to obtain a graduate degree because of the need to take some of the basic courses described above. Students should also recognize that many of these courses are to be taken sequentially. Thus, a student without any programming courses may need up to two years of course work before he or she is able to begin graduate course

Certificate Admission Requirements

Students already enrolled in the Graduate School

  1. Good academic standing
  2. A minimum of 6 eligible credits (as determined by the Department of Systems and Computer Science)

Students not already enrolled in the Graduate School

  1. Satisfactory completion of regular degree requirements
  2. Graduate Record Examination
  3. Other specific requirements of the Department


Applications may be submitted online at the Graduate School. Forms may also be requested from:

Graduate Recruiting and Admissions
Howard University
4th and College Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20059

Telephone: (800) 822-6800


Contact the Department:

For additional information about the graduate program contact:

Dr. Jiang Li
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
202-806-4861 .


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