UTCS Graduate Recruiting
The 2-Application Process
If you have not already done so, be sure to read the information provided in our Admissions FAQ.
Please remember that application to our department is a 2-application process:
- An application to the University called an ApplyTexas application.
- An application to the CS department which you link to from this site.
These applications are not connected! Materials must be submitted separately to both applications.
Please don't send paper materials to Computer Science; they will not be reviewed or returned. Also, you don't need to send copies of certificates, published papers, etc. to University admissions.
The CS department only accepts Fall applications. You must meet the deadlines for both applications to be considered for admission:
ApplyTexas - December 1
You are strongly encouraged to submit your ApplyTexas application early to receive your official UT EID. Only your official UT EID should be used to create your Computer Science application.
- CS Department - December 17
How to Apply
1. Apply to the University through ApplyTexas
Officially apply to UT Austin via
Within a few days after you have submitted the ApplyTexas application, you will receive an email on how to claim your official UT EID. Only the EID that is sent to you in the email acknowledging submission of your UT application will be linked to your academic record.
Don't spend time working on your Statement of Purpose at this point. You can submit the ApplyTexas application without it, and the CS faculty will only read the one you upload to the CS department system. You need to finish the ApplyTexas process so that you can claim your EID and create your CS application!
- Follow the instructions on the The Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) site to submit materials for your application to the university.
2. Apply to Computer Science on this website
To create your CS application, you will need:
- Your official UT EID.
- Your general contact information, including your name, address, phone, URL if you have a personal web page, etc.
- Your standardized test scores.
- Your college attendance and degree information, and scanned copies of your official transcripts in Acrobat (.pdf) format.1,2
- Your "Statement of Purpose" in either Acrobat (.pdf) or ASCII (.txt) format.1,2
- Contact info for three references.
Each person must have a valid email address, since
we will be sending them instructions for uploading
their letter to your CS application.1,2
If your references use spam filtering, you might want to
warn them to expect automated email from
If it is absolutely necessary for your recommender to submit a hard-copy letter, it should be sent to the Department, not GIAC, using the postal address at the bottom of this page. However, letters received after the deadline might not be included in the review, so we strongly advise recommenders submitting them electronically.
- (Optional) Your CV and up to 3 representative publications in either Acrobat (.pdf) or ASCII text (.txt) format.1,2
OK, what else?
- If you have an aid award (NSF, Fulbright, etc.), include that information (and a copy of the award letter) with your CV. If you do not submit a CV, include this in your Statement of Purpose.
- If there is anything else you want the admissions committee to know, include it in your Statement of Purpose or CV.
2There is a 5Mb limit on the size of each file uploaded.