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Graduate Degree Programs

Important Admissions Deadlines

Fall admission

Jan. 15


Spring admission

Oct. 15

Fall admission offers

Mar. 31


Spring admission offers

Dec. 1


Prof. Ipek Oguz 
Dir. of Graduate Recruitment

Prof. Abhishek Dubey
Dir. of Graduate Studies (MS)

Prof. Taylor Johnson
Dir. of Graduate Studies (PhD)

Graduate Program Coordinator 

Melissa Harrell
Graduate Program Coordinator

The computer science program provides opportunities for students to join vibrant collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts in artificial intelligence, computer animation and virtual environments, cyber-physical systems, distributed real-time and embedded middleware, human-systems integration, image processing, intelligent learning environments, model-integrated computing, robotics, software engineering and trustworthy computing. Students can explore a broad range of research areas in computer science, as well as interdisciplinary research opportunities in areas related to the School of Engineering's strategic directions in health care and medicine, security, energy and natural resources and entertainment.

The department of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University offers Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Computer Science (CS). The graduate program in CS is structured around four primary areas: (1) Computing foundations, (2) Computer and network systems, (3) Information and intelligent systems, and (4) Medical image computing. The CS graduate program encourages both fundamental and interdisciplinary research. State-of-the-art facilities that include computational resources, networks, and laboratories in several areas are available to support research activities.

An  online option  for the M.S. degree in computer science is available. Applications to both the online and residency programs are managed separately. Students may not combine the online and residency formats to complete the computer science degree program.

CS Admissions Requirements

Online CS Admissions Requirements

Procedures to change degree programs

Masters of Science 

Graduate Course Listing

Master's Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy

Graduate Course Catalog

Ph.D. Program Structure 


Admission to Advanced Standing in the CS Program


Preliminary Exam Procedures

Admission to Candidacy, Qualifying Examination, and Dissertation Defense