Computer Science and Statistics

College of Arts and Sciences

Admission to the Computer Science and Statistics Graduate Program

All applications should be submitted to URI’s admissions offices. Click here to find out how to apply for Graduate Study at URI. The requirements and deadlines specific to our department are listed below. Department contacts for various purposes can be found on our Contact page.

Applicants to the Computer Science graduate programs are expected to have completed a bachelor’s degree including undergraduate training in Computer Science or a related major. Course work in structured programming (e.g. C++, C, Java, or Pascal) is required. Course work through the syntax and semantics of a variety of programming language types, machine and assembly language concepts, and fundamentals of data structures and algorithms is recommended. Applicants are also expected to have completed mathematics through linear algebra, calculus of several variables, and discrete mathematics. It is possible to be admitted to the graduate program and take some of these background courses while in the program in addition to graduate courses. The GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) General test is required. Applicants may submit, if they so desire, additional advanced GRE scores for consideration.

Applicants to the Statistics MS program are expected to have completed an undergraduate degree including: introductory calculus, intermediate calculus, calculus for functions of several variables, linear algebra, and statistical methods I and II. The GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) General test is required. Applicants may submit, if they so desire, additional advanced GRE scores for consideration.



Fall Semester: July 15*,  Spring Semester: Nov 15, April 15


Fall Semester: Feb 1,  Spring Semester: July 15

* Applicants interested in financial aid have an earlier deadline: Feb 1

Financial Support

There are several types of financial assistance available to graduate students. Generally, these carry a stipend for the academic year plus remission of tuition and registration fees.

The department offers a number of graduate assistantships involving teaching related duties, laboratory assistance, applications or systems programming, or assisting faculty with research or consulting problems. In addition, the Academic Computer Center offers graduate assistantships which provide valuable experience in dealing with the varied computational problems of its users, as well as programming systems it has adopted or developed. Additional support during the summer months is possible but contingent upon the needs of the department and the center at the time.

The department usually has a number of research assistantships for work on grants or contracts awarded to individual faculty members. This work will normally contribute to the student’s thesis research. Also, a limited number of University fellowships (tuition plus stipend) and tuition scholarships (no stipend) are awarded annually by the Dean of the Graduate School to selected nominees submitted by the various departments.

International Applicants

Applicants from foreign countries must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum of 550 (or 213 on the computer-based TOEFL exam) OR the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score is 6.5. See the Contact page for special contact information.


The Graduate Village and several other buildings on campus provide 140 units of unfurnished apartments for graduate students. There is a waiting list for these; interested students should write to the University Department of Housing and Residential Life for applications and additional information.

The majority of off-campus housing is located in nearby resort areas and is generally available on a seasonal basis, from September to June, only. A list of off-campus rooms, apartments, and houses is maintained in the commuter lounge at the Memorial Union. The University Department of Housing and Residential Life has maps, rental booklets, and a graduate roommate file.

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